“Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins has spoken out about the sexual harassment allegations against director and producer Brett Ratner. Days before the allegations were made, Jenkins presented Ratner with the tree of life award at a dinner for the Jewish National Fund after Gal Gadot dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.
“I’m extremely distressed to read these terrible allegations against Brett Ratner,” Jenkins wrote in a statement on Twitter. “When I spoke of Brett, I spoke of my own experiences with him, which were not these at all. I have never witnessed nor been aware of anything that is now being described.”
Ratner has been accused of misconduct by six women, including actresses Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge, according to a Wednesday Los Angeles Times report.
Though she had not personally experienced misconduct from Ratner, Jenkins emphasized she believes the women who spoke out.
“To be very clear, I am definitely not okay with this kind of behavior,” she continued. “Sexual harassment and assault are NEVER okay and I stand with and defend all of the men and women who are revealing these horrific encounters all over this industry and this world. I hope their disclosures bring about real change for all of us, and I am deeply grateful to them for their bravery.”
— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) November 1, 2017