News Scandal: Then & Now!

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    They seemed to have it all.

    And it all went horribly wrong, either in the space of a few moments, or over a long, protracted period.

    Discuss the tragedies of the stars here.....


     
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    What is there to say about her career and life, both were short.
    It's a shame that she got famous for being murdered and now you can't think about her name and not think about the Manson family.
     
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    Millicent Lilian "Peg" Entwistle
    (February 5, 1908 – September 16, 1932) was a Welsh-born English stage and screen actress. Entwistle began her stage career in 1925, appearing in several Broadway productions. She appeared in only one film, Thirteen Women, which was released after her death.

    Entwistle gained notoriety after she jumped to her death from the "H" on the Hollywoodland sign in September 1932, at the age of 24.

    By May 1932, at the height of the Great Depression, Entwistle was in Los Angeles with a role in the Romney Brent play The Mad Hopes starring Billie Burke,[19] which ran from 23 May to 4 June at the Belasco Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. Theatre critic Flo Lawrence commented:

    "...Belasco and Curran have staged the new play most effectively and have endowed this Romney Brent opus with every distinction of cast and direction. (producer) Bela Blau ... has developed the comedy to its highest points. Costumes and settings are of delightful quality, and every detail makes the production one entirely fit for its translation to the New York stage. In the cast Peg Entwistle and Humphrey Bogart hold first place in supporting the star (Billie Burke) and both give fine, serious performances. Miss Entwistle as the earnest, young daughter (Geneva Hope) of a vague mother and presents a charming picture of youth..."

    After The Mad Hopes closed, Entwistle found her first and only credited film role for Radio Pictures (later RKO). Thirteen Women stars Myrna Loy and Irene Dunne in a pre-Hays code, high-budget thriller produced by David O. Selznick and drawn from the novel by Tiffany Thayer. Entwistle played a small supporting role as Hazel Cousins.

    It premiered on 14 October 1932, a month after her death, at the Roxy Theatre in New York City and was released in Los Angeles on 11 November to neither critical nor commercial success. By the time it was re-released in 1935, 14 minutes had been cut from the film's original 73 minute running length. In 2008 Variety magazine cited Thirteen Women as one of the earliest "female ensemble" films.

    On 16 September 1932, an anonymous woman telephoned the Los Angeles police and said that while hiking she had found a woman's shoe, purse and jacket below the Hollywoodland sign. The woman said she looked in the purse and found a suicide note. She then said she looked down the mountain and saw a body. According to a police transcript of the call, the woman said she "wrapped a jacket, shoes and purse in a bundle and laid them on the steps of the Hollywood Police Station." The anonymous woman refused to identify herself.

    A detective and two radio car officers found the body of a moderately well-dressed, blonde-haired, blue-eyed woman in a ravine below the sign. Entwistle remained unidentified until her uncle (at whose Beachwood Canyon home she had been living) connected her two-day absence with the description and initials "P.E." on a suicide note which had been found in the purse and published by the newspapers.

    He said that on Friday, 16 September she had told him she was going for a walk to a drugstore and see some friends. The police surmised that instead she made her way to the nearby southern slope of Mount Lee to the foot of the Hollywoodland sign, climbed a workman's ladder to the top of the "H" and jumped.

    The cause of death was listed by the coroner as "multiple fractures of the pelvis."

    The suicide note as published read:

    "I am afraid, I am a coward. I am sorry for everything. If I had done this a long time ago, it would have saved a lot of pain. P.E."

    Entwistle's death brought wide and often sensationalised publicity. Her funeral was held at the WM Strathers Mortuary in Hollywood on 20 September.

    Her body was cremated and the ashes were later sent to Glendale, Ohio, for burial next to her father in Oak Hill Cemetery, where they were interred on 5 January 1933.

    In 2014, roughly one hundred people marked the anniversary of Entwistle's death by gathering in the parking lot of Beachwood Market in Hollywood to watch Thirteen Women on an outdoor screen. Proceeds from a raffle and from food and beverages sold at the screening were donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in Entwistle's name.



     
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    That's a bit encouraging - didn't know the story and didn't like the flippant tome of the ikky presenter of the mini-biography - I stopped watching at the "Next - does her ghost still blah blah blah?"
    Thank'd for this though, Doc - really interesting. She didn't (as far as I recall) get a mention in Paul Merton's excellent series - somehow I think he'd have been a bit less sensationalist about the poor woman. On the other hand, how come Hollywood haven't scooped her sad story up for a film about her, I wonder? Consider Black Dahlia....
     
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    Striking-looking woman who never struck me as having much in the way of acting talent, which is hardly unusual for Hollywood. Had she lived I suspect she'd have had the typical flash-in-the-pan 'career' and then faded into obscurity, but it is sad indeed that she achieved lasting fame of a sort by dying so horribly. She might have surprised us had she lived, but I somehow doubt it.
     
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    Twilight Zone: The Movie is a 1983 American anthology science-fiction fantasy horror film produced by Steven Spielberg and John Landis as a theatrical version of the 1959–64 TV series The Twilight Zone, created by Rod Serling. The film stars Vic Morrow, Scatman Crothers, Kathleen Quinlan and John Lithgow with Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks in the prologue segment. Burgess Meredith, who starred in four episodes of the original series, took on Serling's position as narrator. In addition to Meredith, six actors from the original series (William Schallert, Kevin McCarthy, Bill Mumy, Murray Matheson, Peter Brocco, and Patricia Barry) had roles in the film.

    The film is a remake of three classic episodes of the original series and includes one original story. Landis directed the prologue and the first segment, Spielberg directed the second, Joe Dante the third, and George Miller directed the final segment. Dante recalled that in the film's original conception the four stories would be interwoven with characters from one segment appearing in another segment, but later problems with the film precluded this.

    The film garnered notoriety before its release for the stunt helicopter crash which took the lives of Vic Morrow and two child actors, Myca Dinh Le and Renee Shin-Yi Chen, during the filming of the segment directed by Landis.

    The two child actors were hired illegally.

    Their deaths led to a high-profile legal case, although at the end of the trial no one was found to be criminally culpable for the accident.




     
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    So many labour and safety laws were violated during the filming of that scene.

    It's a shame bad things need to happen before they change things, look at what happened to Brandon Lee. After that, gun prop rules were tightened a lot more.
     
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    While I agree that she would certainly be deserving of a biopic, I think with the Dahlia case, it was a combination of the gruesome way she was murdered and the fact that it went unsolved. It's the stuff horror movies are made of.
    Indeed. We like to point to old Hollywood and look at the horrors that befell actors, stunt workers and animals in those days, before unions and safety measures, but even today, corners get cut and people get hurt or killed. Not in the numbers that they used to, but as you say, until tragedy happens, directors and producers will negate common sense.
     
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    In 2011........


     
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    Gig Young (born Byron Elsworth Barr; November 4, 1913 – October 19, 1978) was an American film, stage, and television actor. Known mainly for second leads and supporting roles,

    Young won an Academy Award for his performance as a slimy dance-marathon emcee in the 1969 film They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

    An alcoholic, Young was implicated in the murder-suicide that resulted in the deaths of his wife and himself in 1978.


    Success and decline
    In 1955, Young became the host of Warner Bros. Presents, an umbrella title for three television series (Casablanca, Kings Row, and Cheyenne) that aired during the 1955–56 season on ABC Television.

    He played a supporting role the same year in the Humphrey Bogart thriller The Desperate Hours.

    Young is also remembered by many James Dean fans for the "driving safety" interview made shortly before Dean's fatal car accident in September, 1955.





    On the 1964–65 NBC series The Rogues, he shared appearances on a rotating basis with David Niven and Charles Boyer.

    Young won the Academy Award for his role as Rocky, the dance marathon emcee and promoter in the 1969 film They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

    According to his fourth wife, Elaine Williams, "What he was aching for, as he walked up to collect his Oscar, was a role in his own movie—one that they could finally call 'a Gig Young movie.'

    For Young, the Oscar was literally the kiss of death, the end of the line".

    Young himself had said to Louella Parsons, after failing to win in 1951, "so many people who have been nominated for an Oscar have had bad luck afterwards."

    After a substantial supporting role in Lovers and Other Strangers in 1970, alcoholism began to cost him roles.

    He collapsed on the set of the comedy film Blazing Saddles during his first day of shooting due to alcohol withdrawal, and was fired

    Young's last role was in the 1978 film Game of Death, released nearly six years after the film's star, Bruce Lee, died during production in 1973.

    Personal life

    Young was married five times; his first marriage to Sheila Stapler lasted seven years, ending in 1947.

    In 1950, he married Sophie Rosenstein, the resident drama coach at Paramount, who was several years Young's senior.

    She was soon diagnosed with cancer, and died just short of two years after the couple's wedding.

    After her death, Young was engaged to actress Elaine Stritch.

    He met actress Elizabeth Montgomery after she appeared in an episode of Warner Bros. Presents in 1956, and the two married later that year.

    In 1963, Montgomery divorced Young because of his alcoholism.

    Young married his fourth wife, real estate agent Elaine Williams, nine months after his divorce from Montgomery was final.

    Williams was pregnant with Young's child at the time and gave birth to his only child, Jennifer, in April 1964.

    After three years of marriage, the couple divorced.

    During a legal battle over child support with Williams, Young denied that Jennifer was his biological child.

    After five years of court battles, Young lost his case.

    On September 27, 1978, Young, age 64, married his fifth wife, a 31-year-old German magazine editor named Kim Schmidt.

    He met Schmidt in Hong Kong while working on Game of Death.

    Death

    On October 19, 1978, three weeks after his marriage to Schmidt, the couple was found dead at home in their Manhattan apartment.

    Police theorized that Young shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself.

    A motive for the murder-suicide was never made clear.

    Young was at one time under the care of the psychologist and psychotherapist Eugene Landy, who would later have his professional California medical license revoked amidst accusations of ethical violations and patient misconduct.

    Young was buried in the Green Hill Cemetery in Waynesville, North Carolina in his family's plot along with his parents, siblings and an uncle.

    Young's will, which covered a $200,000 estate, left his Academy Award to his agent, Martin Baum and Baum's wife, Bernice; however, Young's daughter Jennifer launched a campaign in the early 1990s to get the award back from his agent, and struck an agreement that she would get the award back upon the agent's death, which occurred in 2010.

    For his contribution to the television industry, Young has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6821 Hollywood Boulevard.



     
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    Harvey Weinstein Has Been Fired



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    Harvey Weinstein has been terminated as co-chairman of The Weinstein Company. The move comes in the wake of the New York Times report this past Thursday in which detailed sexual harassment claims spanning decades on the part of the mogul.

    Subsequent and even more damning allegations occurred over the weekend, most notably a TV news reporter relaying her story about him cornering her in a hallway and masturbating and ejaculating into a potted plant in front of her at a New York restaurant.

    The TWC board first held a meeting Thursday night, during which Weinstein pled his case. On Friday and then Sunday afternoon, the board reconvened with the latter meeting leading to the decision to remove him from his namesake company.

    Since The Times report, three members of the all-male board of The Weinstein Company have now resigned. In an official statement by the four remaining members of the board, the company says:

    “In light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days…the directors of The Weinstein Company – Robert Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar – have determined, and have informed Harvey Weinstein, that his employment with The Weinstein Company is terminated, effective immediately.”

    TWC is now being run by his brother and TWC co-chairman Bob Weinstein alongside president/COO David Glasser.
     
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    This story looks set to run and run........

    What are your views on it, starting with the Weinstein story and this...........






    Kevin Spacey Hit By Sexual Misconduct Allegations



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    Oscar winner Kevin Spacey has been accused of making a sexual advance toward a fourteen-year-old male actor back in 1986. Anthony Rapp, currently receiving plaudits for his role on “Star Trek: Discovery” and with a career in stage and screen since he was nine, has come forward with the allegation and explained his story to Buzzfeed.

    Rapp, now 46, is publicly alleging for the first time that in 1986 a then 26-year-old Spacey befriended a then 14-year-old Rapp while they both performed on Broadway shows. Rapp was invited over to Spacey’s apartment for a party, and, at the end of the night a drunk Spacey picked Rapp up, placed him on his bed, and climbed on top of him making a sexual advance.

    Rapp got out from under him and went into the bathroom. He then walked back out and said he wanted to leave, Spacey asked if he was sure, Rapp said he was and he left. The two have not spoken since. Rapp told a far less detailed version for The Advocate back in 2001 but Spacey’s name was redacted at the time. In light of all the recent sexual assault and harassment allegations that have exploded around Hollywood, Rapp came forward and shared the alleged event.

    Mere hours after the original story was published, Spacey has come forward on Twitter with an official statement:

    “I have a lot of respect and admiration for Anthony Rapp as an actor. I’m beyond horrified to hear his story. I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago. But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years.

    This story has encouraged me to address other things about my life. I know that there are stories out there about me and that some have been fueled by the fact that I have been so protective of my privacy. As those closest to me know, in my life I have had relationships with both men and women. I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man. I want to deal with this honestly and openly and that starts with examining my own behavior.”

    Spacey’s private life has long been a topic of discussion over the years and he has emphasized keeping his private life private. That said, the apology has come under heavy fire on social media in its use of one of the least surprising ‘coming out’ stories from Hollywood as a deflection of inappropriate behavior, and in doing so conflating sexual harassment allegations with his sexuality – throwing the gay community under the bus in the process. Numerous responses from celebs and media personalities can be found at ABC.


     
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    Who knows what happened. Might have happened, might not. Kids, people actually, are notoriously unreliable witnesses. I was talking to a girl I knew from high school who was absolutely certain she was my date to both junior and senior prom. She can tell you every detail of the night, the corsage, the first and last dance, what we did after ... except it never happened. I have pictures of my prom dates and she wasn't one of them. Matter of fact, I never even dated her, lol. She told me several other stories that I'm certain never happened. The mind is funny.
     
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    Spacey-Led “Money” Sticking With Release


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    Ridley Scott’s “All the Money in the World” will move forward with its December 22nd release despite this week’s sexual assault accusation involving one of its key stars Kevin Spacey. No decision has been reached about whether or not Spacey will do press for the film says a source for Variety.

    At one point Spacey had been seen as a possible Oscar nominee for his work (he appears in trailers for the picture disguised under heavy makeup) but any awards attention could well be undercut by the scandal. Spacey plays oil tycoon J. Paul Getty in the Ridley Scott thriller which looks at the kidnapping of Getty’s grandson by an organized crime group in Italy.

    On Sunday, the Oscar-winning actor was accused by actor Anthony Rapp of making a sexual advance in 1986 when Rapp was 14 years old and Spacey was 26. Spacey apologized to Rapp in a statement saying he did not remember the incident and used the opportunity to come out. His response drew a backlash from the gay community and has put his career in jeopardy.

    The film, which also stars Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg, is still set to premiere at the AFI Fest on November 16th according to the festival.
     
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    Brett Ratner Accused Of Sexual Harassment


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    Six women have stepped forward and accused “Rush Hour” filmmaker Brett Ratner of sexual harassment and misconduct, the latest scandal following in the wake of Harvey Weinstein, James Toback, Kevin Spacey and others in Hollywood.

    Speaking with The Los Angeles Times as part of a major feature, actresses Natasha Henstridge, Olivia Munn, Jaime Ray Newman, and Katharine Towne are among those who have gone on the record with the paper and shared their experiences of uncomfortable and inappropriate encounters with the director who reportedly persisted in his attentions to uncomfortable degrees – ultimately leaving some of his victims shaken for years.

    “Species” star Henstridge, when she was a 19-year-old fashion model, says she fell asleep watching a film on Ratner’s couch when he was an up-and-coming music video director in his early 20s. When she woke up, she and him were alone and she got up to leave, but he blocked the doorway with his body and then forced her to perform oral sex on him: “He strong-armed me in a real way. He physically forced himself on me. At some point, I gave in and he did his thing.”

    Munn was asked to drop off some food for Ratner in his trailer on the “After the Sunset” set and was told he wouldn’t be present. She arrived, only to find him there and he told her not to leave: “He walked out … with his belly sticking out, no pants on, shrimp cocktail in one hand and he was furiously masturbating in the other. And before I literally could even figure out where to escape or where to look, he ejaculated.” She consulted a lawyer but was advised that her career as fledgling actress might be in jeopardy if she went after a well know director.

    Newman said she encountered Ratner in 2005 when they were both in first class on an Air Canada flight. The filmmaker swapped seats with his assistant before departure so he could be next to her. Within five minutes of the plane taking off, she said, Ratner began loudly describing sex acts he wanted to perform on her in explicit detail. He also showed her nude photos of his then-girlfriend. Newman said she was so shaken by the encounter that she immediately told a handful of people about it.

    Ratner’s attorney Martin Singer has disputed their accounts saying in a statement: “I have represented Mr. Ratner for two decades, and no woman has ever made a claim against him for sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. Furthermore, no woman has ever requested or received any financial settlement from my client.”

    48-year-old Ratner has long flaunted a palyboy style persona, bragging of success with women and sexual appetites. He was famously criticised in 2011 for saying “rehearsal is for fags” at a screening of his comedy “Tower Heist” in 2011 – a quip that cost him a shot at producing the Oscars.

    Though critics have never been big fan of Ratner movies, he holds a lot of power due to being one of the co-founders of RatPac-Dune Entertainment which co-finances many of the big films at Warner Bros. Pictures including “Dunkirk,” “It” and “The LEGO Batman Movie” this year alone.

    Over the years, Ratner has also received several honors for his philanthropic and humanitarian endeavors. On Sunday, the Jewish National Fund presented Ratner with its annual Tree of Life Award at a gala in Hollywood. “Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot had been slated to give the award to Ratner but last week her publicist announced she would not appear at the event because of a scheduling conflict. “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins ultimately presented him with the award.

    The story arises in the wake of “Entourage” actor Jeremy Piven, who previously worked with Ratner on “Rush Hour 2,” being subject to allegations by actress and former reality star Ariane Bellamar who said “on two occasions, cornered me & forcefully fondled my breasts & bum. Once at the [Playboy] mansion & once on set.” Piven has since released a statement to EW flat out denying the claim: “I unequivocally deny the appalling allegations being peddled about me. It did not happen. It takes a great deal of courage for victims to come forward with their histories, and my hope is that the allegations about me that didn’t happen, do not detract from stories that should be heard.”



     
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    Ratner’s Hugh Hefner Biopic On Indefinite Hold


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    Within hours of the Brett Ratner scandal breaking, it is now having an impact on projects with Playboy Enterprises putting their planned Ratner-directed biopic about Hugh Hefner on hold along with all other projects they have with Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment label.

    Playboy Enterprises issued a statement telling Deadline: “We are deeply troubled to learn about the accusations against Brett Ratner. 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.”

    Earlier this month the trades reported that Jared Leto was set to play Hefner in the film, but calls to his reps today confirm the Oscar-winning actor never had any attention to play Hefner. They tell the outlet:

    “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. Earlier reports were incorrect and not confirmed by his representatives.”

    Ratner has been set on directing a Hefner movie since 2007. Six women, including actresses such as Natasha Henstridge and Olivia Munn came forward in the Los Angeles Times accusing Ratner of sexual assault or misconduct. Munn’s allegation involved Ratner surprise masturbating in front of her in his trailer whilst holding a shrimp cocktail.

    Additionally Arthur Sarkissian, a producer of the “Rush Hour” franchise, tells the outlet:

    “I’m in a state of shock. I’ve known Bret for 22 years, maybe even 23, and he was best man at my wedding. I’m so sad and so disturbed right now because I don’t want this to be true. He’s a very likable guy. He is very loyal and has a heart of gold. I have never ever seen him grope, grab or do anything of the sort. Has he been flirtatious? Yes. I’ve seen him flirt, but I cannot believe what I’m reading. I cannot believe that he would stand there with a shrimp in one hand and … I just can’t believe it. I’m really horrified… I just can’t comprehend this. I’m sitting here asking if this could be true from someone I known for so long.”

    Ratner is a co-founder of RatPac-Dune Entertainment which funds a bunch of the film slate of Warner Bros. Pictures. Warners, which has first-look deal with Ratner, said in a statement: “We are aware of the allegations in the LA Times and are reviewing the situation.”
     
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    Dustin Hoffman
    Dustin Hoffman has been accused of sexually harassing an intern on the set of one of his films in 1985.

    Anna Graham Hunter, a writer, says that when she was 17, the Oscar-winning actor groped her and made inappropriate comments about sex to her.

    She told The Hollywood Reporter: "He was openly flirtatious, he grabbed my ass, he talked about sex to me and in front of me."

    Hoffman apologised, and said he was sorry if he "put her in an uncomfortable situation".

    In a statement to the magazine, Hoffman said: "I have the utmost respect for women and feel terrible that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation. I am sorry. It is not reflective of who I am."

    The BBC has contacted representatives of Dustin Hoffman for his response to these allegations.



     
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    Hollywood and this sort of thing have a long history, of course........





    But this current string of accusations seems to be just the beginning of a huge oncoming storm......
     
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    Weinstein, Ratner, Spacey, Hoffman... Who the hell is next? It's been one fucking disaster after another...

    At this rate, they're going to have to create a new Academy Award...

    For the category of Least Number of Sexual Misconducts.
     
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    Warners Severs Ties With Brett Ratner


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    Warner Bros. Pictures has severed ties with Brett Ratner in the wake of damning sexual harassment allegations in the Los Angeles Times yesterday. Ratner has been accused of misconduct by six women, including actresses Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge.

    In a statement issued yesterday, Ratner claims the choice to part ways with Warner Bros. Pictures was one of his choosing: “In light of the allegations being made, I am choosing to personally step away from all Warner Bros.-related activities. I don’t want to have any possible negative impact to the studio until these personal issues are resolved.”

    Ratner is a co-founder of RatPac-Dune Entertainment which has been a major funding partner for Warners in recent years. Ratner’s first-look deal with the studio expires in March, and now will not be renewed. Ratner will also lose his office space on the Warners lot in Burbank, and will no longer be producing “The Goldfinch” based on the best-selling Donna Tartt novel.

    Ratner has also filed a defamation suit in Hawaii federal court against Melanie Kohler on Wednesday, a woman who wrote a Facebook post referring to him as a ‘rapist’. The lawsuit alleges that the statements were published falsely and with the intent to damage Ratner’s reputation. Ratner is seeking general, special, and punitive damages.
     

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