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Brett Ratner's Accuser Asks Court to Dismiss His Defamation Suit
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5 Jan 2018 02:01 PM EST

-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Brett Ratner (Image Source: David Shankbone via Wikimedia Commons)

One of Brett Ratner's accusers is not very happy that he has filed a defamation suit against her. She's asking a judge to dismiss his suit, referring to it as an attempt to "silence" women.

Six women have accused the filmmaker of sexual misconduct. Natasha Henstridge was a 19-year-old fashion model when he was a young music video director. She fell asleep on his couch when hanging out in a group. She woke up and was alone with him, and he blocked the doorway so that she couldn't move and forced her to perform oral sex on him.

Olivia Munn said that when she was visiting the set of After the Sunset, which he was directing, he masturbated in front of her when she delivered a meal to his trailer. She wrote about the incident in 2010 but didn't name him. He admitted it was him later and said he'd "banged" her. Another time she ran into him at a party, and he said he'd ejaculated on magazine covers with her on the front.

Jaime Ray Newman said Ratner switched seats so that he was sitting next to her in first class on a flight. He loudly described sexual things he wanted to do to her and showed her nude photos of his then-girlfriend.

Katharine Towne said she met him in Los Angeles at a party, and he made persistent advances on her. When she excused herself, he followed her into a bathroom. She gave him her number just trying to get rid of him, which led to him relentlessly pursuing her.

Melanie Kohler is another of Ratner's accusers. Within hours of her account and the others' being published, he sued her "in an apparent effort to intimidate other women from speaking out," according to documents. He claimed she had defamed him in a Facebook post from October and then quickly removed it. She was accusing him of rape.

She is arguing that his defamation suit is an attempt to "silence and intimidate" her and the other women from coming forward.

While he claimed that her Facebook post was "false, fabricated, and fictional" and that she was just trying to hurt his reputation, her attorneys argued that his suit "alleges zero facts suggesting why Ms. Kohler would have been motivated to lie about Mr. Ratner raping her."

Additionally, her attorneys argued that his lawsuit should be dismissed as "such threadbare, conclusory allegations are patently insufficient."

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