What’s surprising about The Sexual Assailant Outing of 2017 is how few of the names are actually surprising. Many long-time gossip-readers knew that Jeremy Piven was sleazy, that Harvey Weinstein was a terrible person, that Brett Ratner is disgusting. I guess the surprise, for me, is that so many women are finding their voices and coming out to tell their stories, and people are listening to them and taking their stories seriously. In Brett Ratner’s case, it felt like it was a long time coming, and yet it was a surprise when the LA Times’ article dropped on Wednesday, mostly because Ratner is extremely well-connected (much like Weinstein).
I forgot several things about Ratner – one, he had a first-look deal with Warner Bros, which WB first put under “review” in the wake of the LA Times story, then they canceled the first-look deal outright last night. Two, his production company RatPac is massively influential, helping to finance and produce Oscar-winner The Revenant, and co-financing Wonder Woman too. In fact, WW’s director Patty Jenkins is currently issuing statements about her association with Ratner – he wrote a check to cover her thesis film, and he championed her as a director, and she feels guilty because she didn’t know he had been so gross with other women. You can read her statement here. I have no problem acknowledging that Ratner made some good decisions as a producer and financier of films AND that he was very disgusting with a lot of women.
You know what else I forgot? Ratner had signed on to direct the Hugh Hefner bio-pic which was announced two seconds after Hef died. Guess who’s distancing himself from the bio-pic now?
Jared Leto will not be playing Hugh Hefner in a biopic directed by Brett Ratner, who has been accused of multiple cases of sexual misconduct or harassment.
“Jared Leto is not and was not attached to a Brett Ratner directed Hugh Hefner film, nor will he be working with him in the future,” a representative for the actor said in a statement Wednesday. “Earlier reports were incorrect and not confirmed by his representatives.”
The film has also been put on hold by Playboy. “We are deeply troubled to learn about the accusations against Brett Ratner,” a Playboy Enterprises spokesperson said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly. “We find this kind of behavior completely unacceptable. We are putting all further development of our projects with RatPac Entertainment on hold until we are able to review the situation further.”
Think of how badly you have f–ked up if Playboy wants no piece of your grossness! Ratner was a regular at the Playboy Mansion too – just imagine how many women he assaulted or harassed at the Mansion, only to be rejected when it came to telling Hef’s story. As for Jared Leto’s ass-covering statement… um, I’ve heard a lot of sh-t about Leto too over the years. I kind of wonder if now is the exact moment for Jared Leto to remind people that he still exists. Is Leto’s exposé coming? Who knows.
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