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Ellen Page accuses Brett Ratner of homophobic harassment claiming director 'outed her on X Men set'

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 10/11/2017 Francesca Gillett
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Actress Ellen Page has accused director Brett Ratner of homophobic harassment, claiming he outed her in front of the cast and crew of X-Men when she was 18.

In a frank Facebook post published on Friday, the Juno star, 30, wrote about what she described as the “horrific” exchange at a pre-production meeting for the 2006 film “X-Men: The Last Stand”.

The Canadian actress said she was 18 and standing next to a woman 10 years her senior when the film producer pointed at her and told the other woman: “You should f*** her to make her realise she’s gay.”

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Page, who has also starred in Inception and drama The Tracey Fragments, came out as a lesbian publicly in 2014.

Writing on the social media site in a lengthy post in which she condemns abuse against women, Page wrote: “I felt violated when this happened. I looked down at my feet, didn’t say a word and watched as no one else did either. 

Actress Ellen Page and girlfriend Emma Portner in LA in October 2017. (Getty Images for L.A. Dance Proj) © Provided by Evening Standard Limited Actress Ellen Page and girlfriend Emma Portner in LA in October 2017. (Getty Images for L.A. Dance Proj)

“This man, who had cast me in the film, started our months of filming at a work event with this horrific, unchallenged plea

“He ‘outed’ me with no regard for my well-being, an act we all recognize as homophobic.

Brett Ratner denies accusations of sexual misconduct from six women (Getty Images) © Provided by Evening Standard Limited Brett Ratner denies accusations of sexual misconduct from six women (Getty Images)

“This public, aggressive outing left me with long standing feelings of shame, one of the most destructive results of homophobia. Making someone feel ashamed of who they are is a cruel manipulation, designed to oppress and repress.”

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She later went on to speak about another instance when, aged 16, she went to dinner with an unnamed director in a professional capacity but he went on to touch her leg and told her: “You have to make the move, I can’t’.”

“Let’s remember the epidemic of violence against women in our society disproportionately affects low income women, particularly women of colour, trans and queer women and indigenous women,” Page wrote.

The film star added that working on a Woody Allen film was the "biggest regret of her career".

An attorney for Ratner, who has been accused by at least six women of sexual harassment, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. He denies all six allegations.

Last week it was revealed Hollywood director Ratner is suing a woman accused him of rape.

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