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Ellen Page: I was 'outed' by director Brett Ratner

Ellen Page: I was 'outed' by director Brett Ratner
From BBC - November 11, 2017

Ellen Page is the latest actress to speak out against director and producer Brett Ratner.

She claims he outed her in public before she herself had fully realised she was gay.

She says it happened on the set of X Men: The Last Stand when she was 18 years old.

The director has yet to respond to Ms Page's accusation. He has recently been accused of harassment, assault and rape - claims he denies.

He is suing a former employee who says he forced himself on her.

'Public, aggressive outing'

Ms Page has written a lengthy Facebook post, which contains explicit language, describing what she says happened when the cast and crew met before filming started.

She describes how the director pointed at her and told another woman she should sleep with her "to make her realise she's gay".

The actress explains that she had not come out to herself at the stage: "I knew I was gay, but did not know, so to speak."

She says she felt "violated" and that no-one spoke out to defend her.

She describes it as a "public, aggressive outing" that left her feeling ashamed.

Harassment claims

Brett Ratner is one of the most successful film-makers in Hollywood and has produced or directed The Revenant, Jersey Boys and the Horrible Bosses movies.

Six women including Natasha Henstridge and Olivia Munn have accused him of harassing them.

His lawyer Martin Singer said: "I have represented Mr Ratner for two decades, and no woman has ever made a claim against him for sexual misconduct or sexual harassment.

"No woman has ever requested or received any financial settlement from my client."

'Long awaited reckoning'

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