Brett Ratner to ‘Step Away’ From Warner Bros. Projects Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Move comes after six women accused the filmmaker and producer of misconduct

Last Updated: November 2, 2017 @ 11:43 AM

Brett Ratner has decided to “personally step away from all Warner Bros.-related activities” following a Los Angeles Times report Wednesday in which six women accused the producer of sexual misconduct.

“In light of the allegations being made, I am choosing to personally step away from all Warner Bros.- related activities,” Ratner said in a statement.

“I don’t want to have any possible negative impact to the studio until these personal issues are resolved,” he added.

On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times published a story in which six women, including actresses Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge, accused the producer of harassment or assault.

While Ratner’s attorney has denied all allegations, several entities with whom he was doing business distanced themselves, including Playboy, which said Wednesday that it is putting “all further development of our projects with RatPac Entertainment on hold until we are able to review the situation further.”

According to individuals with knowledge of the situation, the director will no longer have studio space on Warner Bros.’ Burbank lot, and RatPac’s first-look deal with the studio, which recently expired, will not be renewed. Ratner is also being removed as producer of “The Goldfinch,” which is the only active film he was attached to.

Warner Bros. also has a $450 million co-financing deal with RatPac-Dune Entertainment, which was made in 2013. Another individual with knowledge of the deal tells TheWrap that it is largely separate from the Studio’s relationship with Ratner personally. The co-financing deal covers much of WB’s film upcoming film slate, including this month’s “Justice League,” as well as four more films that RatPac helped finance, which will still be released.