Wonder Woman’s executive producer, Brett Ratner, was accused of sexual harassment by multiple women. Following the reports, actress Gal Gadot says she’s not interested in any sequel to Wonder Woman that includes Ratner.
Speaking to Page Six, a source said Gadot won’t sign on for a sequel unless Warner Bros. “gets rid of” Ratner.
“[Gadot is] tough and stands by her principles. She also knows the best way to hit people like Brett Ratner is in the wallet,” the source reportedly said.
Ratner’s production company is called RatPac-Dune Entertainment. The company had a co-financing deal with Warner Bros. for the original adaption of “Wonder Woman,” which grossed more than $400 million internationally. Ratner’s company will take a healthy share of the profits, Page Six reports.
A Warner Bros. insider explained, “Now, Gadot is saying she won’t sign for the sequel unless Warner Bros. buys Brett out [of his financing deal] and gets rid of him.”
Gadot is an Israeli citizen who served her mandatory enlistment in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). She is also a former Miss Israel. She’s appeared in “Justice League” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” as Wonder Woman, and in the Fast and Furious franchise as Gisele, another strong female character.
“She also knows that Warner Bros. has to side with her on this issue as it develops,” a source told the publication. “They can’t have a movie rooted in women’s empowerment being part-financed by a man accused of sexual misconduct against women.”
Gadot was expected to present Ratner with the Tree of Life Award last month, days before the allegations against him became public. The 32-year-old actress backed out of the event, and director Patty Jenkins presented the award instead.
Six women accused Ratner of sexual harassment and assault in early November, one accusing Ratner of physically forcing her to perform oral sex on him. Natasha Henstridge, who starred in the 1995 film “Species,” said that as a 19-year-old model, she encountered Ratner as a twenty-something New York-based video music director. According to The Los Angeles Times, Henstridge says Ratner “physically forced himself on me.”
“At some point, I gave in, and he did his thing,” she said.
Actresses Olivia Munn, Jamie Ray Newman, Katharine Towne, Eri Sasaki and Jorina King also made claims against Ratner.
While Ratner emphatically denies these accusations, Warner Bros. is taking no chances. Last week, they severed ties with Ratner. Playboy Enterprises also cut Ratner off, canceling his involvement in a project about deceased porn icon Hugh Hefner.
According to Breitbart, Ratner has become powerful in Hollywood, almost as influential as disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein. He is also reportedly a close friend of admitted child rapist Roman Polanski, and of director James Toback, who stands accused of sexual misconduct by some 300 women.