Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot, has threatened and reportedly refused to sign on for a sequel unless accused sexual harasser Brett Ratner is removed.
Ratner’s production company RatPac-Dune Entertainment helped produce Wonder Woman as part of a co-financing deal with Warner Bros and took home a sizable stake of the $412million box office gross.
Gadot is opposed to Ratner benefiting from her work because he has been accused of sexual misconduct by six women, the Page Six gossip website said.
‘She’s tough and stands by her principles. She also knows the best way to hit people like Brett Ratner is in the wallet,’ a Warner Bros. insider told the outlet.’She also knows that Warner Bros. has to side with her on this issue as it develops.
They can’t have a movie rooted in women’s empowerment being part-financed by a man accused of sexual misconduct against women,’ the insider continued.
‘Brett made a lot of money from the success of ‘Wonder Woman,’ thanks to his company having helped finance the first movie,’ the source said. ‘Now Gadot is saying she won’t sign for the sequel unless Warner Bros. buys Brett out [of his financing deal] and gets rid of him,’ the insider said.
Allegations against the Rush Hour director, 48, reported in the LA Times, included claims made by actresses Natasha Henstridge and Olivia Munn.
Last week the Juno actress Ellen Page accused Ratner of instructing another female cast member to have sex with her, to confirm that she was a lesbian.