Actress Ellen Page says director Brett Ratner outed her on the set of "X-men: The Last Stand" when she was just 18 years old. Page, who is gay, says at the time she was still coming to terms with her own sexuality.
"I was a young adult who had not yet come out to myself. I knew I was gay, but did not know, so to speak. I felt violated when this happened," Page writes in a lengthy Facebook post which says the director urged another woman on set to have sex with Page "to make her realize she was gay." Page also accuses the director of verbally harassing other women on the set of the 2006 film.
"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," Page wrote. "I proceeded to watch him on set say degrading things to women. I remember a woman walking by the monitor as he made a comment about her “flappy p----”.
Soon after she posted on Facebook Page's co-star in the film, Anna Pauquin, tweeted her support writing "I was there when that comment was made. I stand with you @ellenpage."
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The volley from Page is the latest in a slew of allegations that have come Ratner's way in recent weeks. Six women — including actress Olivia Munn — accused Ratner of sexual misconduct in a Los Angeles Times report last month.
"Making someone feel ashamed of who they are is a cruel manipulation, designed to oppress and repress. I was robbed of more than autonomy over my ability to define myself," Page wrote. "Ratner’s comment replayed in my mind many times over the years as I encountered homophobia and coped with feelings of reluctance and uncertainty about the industry and my future in it."
Ratner has not yest responded to Page's claims, but last month his attorney issued a statement saying the director "vehemently denies the outrageous derogatory allegations" and is "confident that his name will be cleared once the current media frenzy dies down and people can objectively evaluate the nature of these claims."