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Ellen Page: Brett Ratner "outed" me on a movie set when I was 18

Page alleged that Ratner engaged in "homophobic and abusive behavior" while on the set of "X-Men: The Last Stand"


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Charlie May
November 11, 2017 6:40PM (UTC)

Ellen Page has accused Hollywood director and producer Brett Ratner of "homophobic and abusive behavior" and alleged he "outed" her as gay on the set of a movie when she was only 18 years old.

Page told her story about Ratner, who has already been accused of sexual misconduct and harassment by various women, in a Facebook post on Friday afternoon and said that the ongoing recent stories about powerful men abusing women "is a long awaited reckoning."

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During a "meet and greet" for the cast and crew, before the filming of "" Page said Ratner looked at a woman standing next to her, pointed at Page and said, "You should fuck her to make her realize she’s gay."

"I was a young adult who had not yet come out to myself," Page explained. "I knew I was gay, but did not know, so to speak. I felt violated when this happened."

Page continued, "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."

"He 'outed' me with no regard for my well-being, an act we all recognize as homophobic," Page wrote. "We are all entitled to come into an awareness of our sexual orientation privately and on our own terms."

In a separate altercation with Ratner, Page alleged that she refused to wear a shirt that said "Team Ratner" and when she told him she wasn't on his team, she was reprimanded by other producers.

"I was being reprimanded, yet he was not being punished nor fired for the blatantly homophobic and abusive behavior we all witnessed," Page wrote. "I was an actor that no one knew. I was eighteen and had no tools to know how to handle the situation."

She also explained that it wasn't just her, and that Ratner allegedly mistreated other women on set as well.

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"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,'" Page wrote.

After Page's post, actor Anna Paquin said she "was there when that comment was made" allegedly by Ratner, and supported her decision to tell the public, in a tweet.

 

Page went on to explain that what she said happened left her "with long standing feelings of shame, one of the most destructive results of homophobia. Making someone feel ashamed of who they are is a cruel manipulation, designed to oppress and repress. I was robbed of more than autonomy over my ability to define myself."

The actor also wrote of an incident in which she was inappropriately touched by an unnamed director who took her to dinner when she was only 16.

"He fondled my leg under the table and said, 'You have to make the move, I can’t,'" Page wrote. She added that she did not make a move and was lucky enough to get out of the situation. "It was a painful realization: my safety was not guaranteed at work."

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The news comes after Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was publicly accused of abusing women for years in recent weeks. Stories of several other prominent men engaging in similar behavior such as Ratner, Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K., have continued to pour out.

But Page also made it clear that the abuse extends far beyond just elite circles in Hollywood and elsewhere.

Page wrote, "Let’s remember the epidemic of violence against women in our society disproportionately affects low income women, particularly women of color, trans and queer women and indigenous women, who are silenced by their economic circumstances and profound mistrust of a justice system that acquits the guilty in the face of overwhelming evidence and continues to oppress people of color."


Charlie May

Charlie May is a news writer at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @charliejmay

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