Brett Ratner sues woman for defamation over rape allegations
ANI | Updated: Nov 02, 2017 10:11 IST
Los Angeles [U.S.A], November 2 (ANI): Emmy-nominated producer Brett Ratner has filed a defamation case against a woman, who claimed that he raped her more than a decade ago.
The lawsuit comes after a woman named Melanie Kohler, made the allegations against the director in a Facebook post, calling him a "rapist" and saying the assault took place "in Hollywood about 12 years ago," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Ratner has filed a complaint in Hawaii federal court denying the allegations and categorizing the social media post as libel per se.
Ratner is seeking an unspecified amount of general, special and punitive damages, and claims he's suffered emotional distress, worry, anger and anxiety.
Seitz also shared that his professional, personal reputations have been injured by these allegations.
In light of the allegations being made, Ratner announced that he is stepping away from all Warner Bros.-related activities.
The studio giant announced they would not renew Ratner's first-look deal, which had since expired.