Gal Gadot 2017 MTV Movie and TV Awards - Arrivals.
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Israeli actress Gal Gadot has reportedly conditioned her appearance in the next Wonder Woman film on the complete removal of producer Brett Ratner from the project.
According to the New York Post’s Page Six gossip column, Gadot is refusing to sign on for the sequel of the movie that made her an overnight sensation if Ratner is still involved.
A representative for Gadot declined to confirm or address the story.
Ratner was accused in a Los Angeles Times article two weeks ago by six women of sexual assault and harassment. Several other women later made similar claims about Ratner, including one who said she was raped by the director and producer.
Two days before the LA Times
article was published, Gadot was scheduled to present Ratner with a “Tree of Life” award from the Jewish National Fund. When, at the last minute, Gadot dropped out of the ceremony, many speculated that it was due to the swirling rumors of sexual harassment accusations. Representatives for Gadot would only confirm a “scheduling conflict.”
Despite the speculation, the Jewish National Fund went ahead with the award, which was given to Ratner instead by Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins.
After the allegations were published, Jenkins said she was “extremely distressed” to read of them.
A lawyer for Ratner has repeatedly denied the accusations.
Ratner’s production company, RatPac-Dune entertainment, was one of the financial backers of Wonder Woman, which broke box office records this summer. It was also involved in financing The Justice League, due out this week, which features Gadot reprising her role as Wonder Woman.
Earlier this month, Warner Bros reportedly said it will not renew its production deal with Ratner after next year, but the fate of films he was already involved with remains unclear. Ratner had financial ties to a range of upcoming movies, including Flashpoint, Jungle Book and Aquaman.
Last month, Gadot posted on Instagram: “Bullying and sexual harassment is unacceptable! I stand by all the courageous women confronting their fears and speaking out. Together we stand.
We are all united in this time of change.”
Ratner, a graduate of a yeshiva day school in Florida, was a board member of the Simon Wiesenthal Center for close to a decade. According to the center, Ratner resigned from the board late last week. The website was updated according late on Sunday. The SWC would not answer if he was requested to do so, or resigned of his own accord.
After a similar story broke about Harvey Weinstein last month, the Wiesenthal Center said it had no idea of the accusations and was “removing his name from our roster of SWC honorees in all the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s publications.”