Brett Ratner has been accused by multiple women now, of everything from harassment to rape.
One of those women was Natasha Henstridge — and now she’s telling the whole story to Megyn Kelly.
The actress was only 19 when she says she was assaulted by Ratner, before roles in Species or The Whole Nine Yards made her a star.
Henstridge says she was hanging out with a group of people at an apartment she’d never been to, just six or seven people watching a movie, when she fell asleep:
“When I woke up I was alone there with him and tried to leave. One thing led to another, and he was… not going to allow me to leave. He blocked the door and didn’t let me leave, and it got really scary from there.”
“At first I thought he was just coming on strong, and trying to convince me that there was something between us, and that he was trying to be super convincing… That was my initial thought until I made more of an effort to sort of get out. That’s when I realized he wasn’t playing around anymore. He just got very, um, aggressive.”
She previously told the L.A. Times he “strong-armed” her into giving him oral sex, something Henstridge says people have a difficult time accepting as sexual assault:
“A lot of people have asked, ‘How does that happen? How does somebody force you into oral sex?’ When you are afraid of somebody, when you physically don’t know what someone is capable of, when you are afraid of them, you don’t know what they are capable of doing, and therefore you submit. And I submitted. I did submit.”
With both Ratner and Harvey Weinstein allegedly assaulting so many women, there was bound to be an overlap. And sadly, for Henstridge, she was the one. As she says:
Henstridge’s Weinstein story was much like others we’ve heard: she took a meeting with him at a hotel, he had no interest in talking business, eventually he pulled it out and masturbated in front of her.
She says he also tried to get in her hotel room but she at least never was physically attacked by him.
It was actually the idea of coming forward about Weinstein that made her realize she had to come forward about Ratner! She explains:
“I realized when I became more confident with the idea of coming forward and joining these other women and supporting these other women that have dealt with this as well, when I started toying with that I realized, ‘How can I come forward about Harvey, because it’s safer because so many women have, and not come forward about somebody who’s not been identified yet, who’s probably still doing this today?'”
Watch her entire emotional interview (below):