Actress Ellen Page took to Facebook to accuse Hollywood producer Brett Ratner of outing her as a lesbian when she was a teenager, claiming that his remarks were part and parcel of the “insidious queer and transphobic attitude in Hollywood and beyond.”
According to Page, the incident took place during a meet-and-greet on the set of the movie “X-Men: The Last Stand” which was scheduled before filming began.
“I was eighteen years old,” she wrote. “He looked at a woman standing next to me, ten years my senior, pointed to me and said: ‘You should fuck her to make her realize she’s gay.’ He was the film’s director, Brett Ratner.”
“I was a young adult who had not yet come out to myself,” Page continued. “I knew I was gay, but did not know, so to speak. I felt violated when this happened. I looked down at my feet, didn’t say a word and watched as no one else did either. This man, who had cast me in the film, started our months of filming at a work event with this horrific, unchallenged plea.”
Page also accused Ratner of promoting a misogynistic environment on set.
“He ‘outed’ me with no regard for my well-being, an act we all recognize as homophobic. I proceeded to watch him on set say degrading things to women. I remember a woman walking by the monitor as he made a comment about her ‘flappy pussy,’” she wrote.
Later, Page described an incident in which the production team was pressuring her to wear a shirt featuring a “Team Ratner” logo. She refused.
“I was being reprimanded, yet he was not being punished nor fired for the blatantly homophobic and abusive behavior we all witnessed,” Page lamented. “I was an actor that no one knew. I was eighteen and had no tools to know how to handle the situation.”
Page is not the first woman to accuse Ratner of improper conduct. At least six other women, including actresses Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge, accused Ratner last week of sexual harassment. His lawyer, Marty Singer, said that his client “vehemently denies” all allegations.