Ellen Page Alleges X-Men: The Last Stand Director Brett Ratner "Outed" Her On Set

Page recalls comments Ratner made about other women on the set of the X-Men film.

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Flatliners star Ellen Page has accused her one-time director Brett Ratner of publicly outing her to the cast of X-Men: The Last Stand, with no regard for the actress herself. Page's claim comes in a lengthy Facebook post that details several instances of alleged misconduct by the director, following multiple accusations of sexual assault and harassment.

In her post, Page writes, "I was eighteen years old. He looked at a woman standing next to me, ten years my senior, pointed to me and said: 'You should f*** her to make her realize she's gay.'" At this point in Page's life, she says she "had not yet come out to myself." Thus, having Ratner out her to the assembled cast and crew of the third X-Men movie at a meet-and-greet event before production commenced was violating.

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This story, in particular, has been corroborated by Page's The Last Stand co-star Anna Paquin, who tweeted, "I was there when that comment was made. I stand with you."

"This man, who had cast me in the film, started our months of filming at a work event with this horrific, unchallenged plea," she says. "He 'outed' me with no regard for my well-being, an act we all recognize as homophobic." Unfortunately for the cast and crew of the film, Page says this wasn't the only incident of misconduct from Ratner during filming. "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 p****,'" she says.

There was eventually an altercation between the two, as well. "He was pressuring me, in front of many people, to don a t-shirt with 'Team Ratner' on it. I said no and he insisted," Page remembers. "I responded, 'I am not on your team.' Later in the day, producers of the film came to my trailer to say that I 'couldn't talk like that to him.' I was being reprimanded, yet he was not being punished nor fired for the blatantly homophobic and abusive behavior we all witnessed."

The actress also discusses another instance in which a man in a position of power took advantage of the situation. "When I was sixteen a director took me to dinner (a professional obligation and a very common one). He fondled my leg under the table and said, 'You have to make the move, I can't,'" Page says. "I did not make the move and I was fortunate to get away from that situation." She says that mere months after that, she was assaulted by a film crew member and asked by a director to sleep with a man in his late twenties. It should be reiterated this all happened when Page was 16.

She is the latest in a long line of actors and actresses coming forward about the sexual assault and harassment they've faced throughout their lives. Recently, Star Trek: Discovery star Anthony Rapp alleged that fellow actor Kevin Spacey assaulted him when he was 14--Spacey was 26, at the time.

Rapp's charges led to Netflix cancelling House of Cards, which Spacey stars in. Additionally, director Ridley Scott announced he was cutting Spacey out of his upcoming film All the Money in the World, just six weeks before release. Christopher Plummer has been hired to reshoot all of Spacey's scenes as J. Paul Getty. According to Scott, he's still planning to make the December 22 release.

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plan and simple, if your expecting to get something out of all this, say something 10+ years earlier. if your saying something a decade after the fact, its just better to keep your mouth shut and move on. something must have kept all these traps shut for a long while!? what do YOU suppose made them speak up now? My best guess... fear of things getting out? possibly ruining their public image? then why do you suppose its coming out now? afraid of losing a chance at fame?... maybe, but again why now? or is it the fear of not being able to find work again??? they all have something in common... MONEY! to some people (myself included) its everything, and is my best guess why things aren't being brought up sooner. whether it be an actor/actress not wanting to ruin their chance at Hollywood, or a person being paid or having been paid to get their mouth shut... one way or another, it always comes back to the almighty dollar! absolutely no reason to rip open old, healed scars, unless there was SOMETHING to gain from it. (publicity... most likely)

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@j3diknightdave:

wrong.

it's never too late to hear the truth.

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@j3diknightdave: Guess you were never young? Just cloned into an adult with full adult personality, maturity and emotional state? The guy did this stuff in front of other people and nobody said or did anything so she likely assumed nobody gives a damn how she felt. What exactly would you do at that age as a gay girl trying to break into an almost impossible industry? Her only option would have been to quit her job and likely get black listed because some big wig was being a jerk. Doesn't matter who you are, these people can ruin your career in an instant. She'll likely get fewer roles just for speaking out now. A lot of these pigs stick together and will not go near her after this.

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@j3diknightdave: So... you think because 10 years have passed, justice should be beyond their reach? How do you even process the trauma of being outted by a much older individual, when you're 18 years old? Also, when you have 18 years old and those pigs can destroy your career by snapping their fingers, you'll be afraid. And when people convince you that THAT'S normal, you also think that you're going alone against the system, and that you're going to lose. Well, now these people have strenght and numbers. They should bring the fight to those pigs. So, yeah, it doesn't matter if it has been 10 years, 20 or 50. If the time for justice is now, go for it.

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"silence means death - stand on your feet - inner fear - your worst enemy" - Refuse/Resist

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@moonco: Love me some old school Sepultura

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@moonco: Great song

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@moonco: I love Refuse/Resist :) good song.

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What a disgusting pig Ratner is.

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Ratner is a pig. What a shock.

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It's kind of interesting...

Sexual allegations against Bryan Singer appeared just a few weeks before X-Men DOFP was to come out. A lot of people took jabs at him (at this point, many were just complaining because X-Men was through Fox and not Disney)... but both of the cases were dropped and Singer even proved that he wasn't in the same state at the time the accuser claimed everything was to have happened.

Three years later, allegations against the OTHER X-Men director start coming out... except from people with actual credibility.

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@spooie: Bryan Singer has had two different pairs of young male twins living in his home at different times. Edmund and Gary Entin were one set.

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@spooie: I think their was something about Matthew Vaughn as well. I think he knocked up one of the actress during the filming of X-men First Class (I can't remember which actress, but she has refused to acknowledge who the father is), while he was still married. He was scheduled to direct the film, but conveniently left the project to develop Kingsman.

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@spooie: what confuses me is why wait almost 20 years to say anything cause now almost nothing can be done about it.

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@dragoonmike: many cases were actually settled in court behind the scenes -- particularly those that involved weinstein. the catch? there were disclosures the victims needed to sign that forbid them from making the case public. and yes, as people have pointed out in the comments below, there was the fear of destroying your career if people did not believe you. in many cases, victims did speak out and were ignored. now, with so many cases, the fbi is starting to pay attention and take things more seriously.

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@dragoonmike: Because some people feel more courage to bring it up when others are doing it. When you are young and others make it as if it is the norm, you convince yourself that you have to put up with it instead of speaking up and not jeopardize your new career.

If you look back at the other cases, the people in power usually go after the new celebrities or the ones that haven't made it yet and prey on their desire to get that boost.

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@dragoonmike: The problem was, your career. If you said anything you were basically committing career suicide in an industry that is massively competitive, especially for an a young actor trying to make it against thousands of other hopefuls. It was just how it was more or less until Weinstein rightfully got butchered and his downfall gained traction in the industry, now Ratner, Spacey, there will be many more. The best part of this is that now it has been exposed like it has, it will change some of the behaviour going forward.

Money will solve the problem for some disgusting sexual predators such as Trump, settle outside of court, pay them off, what ever it takes. Others may be less fortunate than getting away with it and being elected a president of a country, they're done. Spacey as much as I personally liked him as an 'actor' won't work again and nor should he, he is toast.

You say nothing can be done about it but that isn't exactly true. Outing these disgusted excuses for human beings will end their multi million dollar careers and essentially destroy their lives. You could argue that the person that suffered twenty years ago may not get any real benefit from it but seeing someone get what they deserve for what they did to you, even twenty years later can be satisfying enough.

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@Salt_AU: I'll give you another thing this sort of thing accomplishes: the knowledge that you're probably sparing someone else from going through what you went through. If powerful people get the message that there are consequences for being awful, then they'll think twice or three times about being awful. What has led to this sort of toxic culture in entertainment (and politics, and medicine, and law and and and) is the fact that those who had the power knew there would be no consequences whatsoever. Nothing is going to change until THAT changes, and this, hopefully, is the start.

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@olddadgamer: Well said

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