Brett Ratner Drops Defamation Lawsuit Against Rape Accuser

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UPDATE: Brett Ratnerhas removed his defamation lawsuit against a girl who accused him of rape, several outlets record. 

Melanie Kohler’s lawyer told Deadline at a declaration,”Examples such as this are extremely hard, particularly when the events occurred over a decade past and memories are somewhat uncertain and unclear. The general public conversation concerning this case has come to be quite debilitating for Melanie. This outcome enables Melanie to proceed with her life and also spend more time with her loved ones.”

Meanwhile, the manager said in his statement,”I am glad that the matter was solved”

E! News has achieved for their individual agents for confirmation.


Brett Ratner is having a woman for defamation over a rape accusation she left on Facebook.

Based on documents obtained by E! News, Melanie Kohler published a statement on her own FB webpage”on or about” Oct. 20 asserting,”Brett Ratner raped [her].” Per the court records, Kohler also wrote that the movie manufacturer”was a rapist on a minumum of one night at Hollywood roughly 12 years ago” and that he”preyed on me as a drunk woman [and] forced himself upon me.” 

Kohler is not the sole defendant recorded.   The records also recorded”John or Jane Does 1-10″ because defendants and explained them as”partners, co-actors, partners, officers, employees, representatives or agents of the named suspect whose actual names and capacities are as yet unknown to plaintiff regardless of due diligence and question.”

Throughout his lawyers Eric A. Seitz and Della A. Belatti,” Ratner described the allegations as”intentionally malicious and false accusations.” The registered documents claimed that the accusations were”entirely untrue, fabricated and literary” and the defendant released the article”with all its falsity, maliciously and with the intent to damage the plaintiff’s standing and reputation.” Because of this, Ratner, through his lawyers, promised to suffer”accidents to his professional and personal reputations,” and”psychological distress, anger, anxiety, and stress in amounts to be proven at trial.”

Ratner also promised the defendant”didn’t have consent and was on no account privileged to print her announcement.” 

According to the aforementioned allegations,” Ratner maintained the Facebook statement constitutes libel per se. Consequently, he’s seeking relief from the kind of general and special damages, punitive damages, reimbursement of plaintiff’s expenses and costs (including attorney fees) and”additional relief as the court deems just and appropriate.”

Though the specific amounts were not disclosed, the records stated”that the quantity of controversy exceeds seventy-five million dollars ($75,000) exclusive of costs and interest.”

During his lawyers, Ratner has required a jury trial, which could happen in Hawaii in which the Facebook assert was supposedly made and Kohler is a resident. 

The complaint for damages and requirement for prosecution were registered with the United States District Court in the District of Hawaii on Nov. 1.

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The lawsuit comes after the Los Angeles Times printed an article where six actresses, such as Olivia Munn, accused Ratner of sexual harassment or misconduct. Ratner, by his lawyer Martin Singer, denied every person accusation. Singer also published the following announcement on Ratner’s behalf overall:

“I’ve represented Mr. Ratner for 2 years, and no girl has ever made a claim against him for sexual misconduct or sexual harassment,” Singer said in a 10-page letter to the paper. “Additionally, no girl has ever asked or obtained any monetary settlement from my customer.”

E! News achieved to Ratner’s lawyer and rep, in addition to Munn’s team in the moment.

During his career as a producer and manager, Ratner has worked on important movies, for example, Revenant and X-Men: The Last Stand. He had been scheduled to lead a biopic about the late Hugh Hefner beneath his firm RatPact Entertainment and signaled Jared Leto would play with the Playboy creator in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. But, Playboy Enterprises stated its participation is”on hold” awarded the scandal, and Leto’s rep said that the actress is attached to the movie nor was.

“We’re deeply troubled to find out about the accusations from Brett Ratner,” Playboy Enterprises said in a statement to E! News. “We find this type of behavior entirely unacceptable. We’re placing all additional evolution of our endeavors using RatPac Entertainment on hold till we’re in a position to reassess the problem further.”

After the Los Angeles Times’ post, Ratner said he has chosen to”away from all Warner Bros.-rated pursuits.”

“In light of the allegations being created, I’m choosing to step away from all Warner Bros.- related tasks,” he explained in a statement. “I really don’t wish any potential negative effect to the studio before these private issues are solved.”

(Originally published Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 in 9:46 a.m. PST.)

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Brett Ratner Drops Defamation Lawsuit Against Rape Accuser

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