Ellen Page is accusing director Brett Ratner of “blatantly homophobic and abusive behavior,” outing her at an event when she was 18 years old.
— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) November 10, 2017
In a Facebook post, Page describes the incident taking place during a meet and greet before the filming of X-Men: The Last Stand, where Ratner, the film’s director, allegedly told a woman standing next to Page, ““You should f*** her to make her realize she’s gay.”
Page writes, “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. I looked down at my feet, didn’t say a word and watched as no one else did either. 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.”
Her X-Men co-star Anna Paquin confirmed the incident on Twitter:
— Anna Paquin (@AnnaPaquin) November 10, 2017
In addition to her difficult experiences on X-Men: The Last Stand, Ellen writes of other episodes of sexual harassment she’s experienced in the entertainment industry, some of which happened when she was a minor. She also admits that acting in a Woody Allen movie (she doesn’t name it, but it’s 2012’s To Rome With Love) is the biggest regret of her career, noting, “I had yet to find my voice and was not who I am now and felt pressured, because “of course you have to say yes to this Woody Allen film.” Ultimately, however, it is my choice what films I decide to do and I made the wrong choice. I made an awful mistake.”