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Brett Ratner's Milli Vanilli Biopic Dropped Amid Controversy

Brett Ratner‘s Milli Vanilli film is no longer moving forward with Avi Lerner’s Millennium Media, according to Variety on Thursday (February 25).

The company will no longer be involved in selling or production of the film, according to the report.

However, there are reportedly “other bidders and investors who are fully financing production,” according to Brett‘s production company, RatPac.

“On the heels of the announcement of the long gestating Milli Vanilli movie, the project fielded multiple competitive bids and a group of private equity investors have emerged that are fully financing the movie to begin production shortly. Millennium will not be selling the film at EFM or be involved in the production,” the production companies announced in a joint statement.

The biopic follows the ’80s and ’90s lip-synching musicians, and is set to be the director’s return following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct in 2017 by seven women, including Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge.

Time’s Up previously said in a statement that he should not be granted a comeback.

“TIME’S UP was born out of the national reckoning on workplace sexual harassment. Our movement is a product of countless courageous acts by many survivors, including those who spoke out about what they endured at the hands of Brett Ratner,” the organization’s Tina Tchen said.

“Not only did Ratner never acknowledge or apologize for the harm he caused, but he also filed lawsuits in an attempt to silence the voices of survivors who came forward – a tactic right out of the predator’s playbook. You don’t get to go away for a couple years and then resurface and act like nothing happened. We have not – and will not – forget. And Millennium Media shouldn’t either. There should be no comeback. #wewontforgetbrett.”

Rihanna Sits Courtside at First Lakers Game of the Season!

Rihanna cheers on the Lakers while attending the season opener on Friday (October 25) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The 31-year-old singer was joined by her longtime BFF Melissa Forde and they were sitting next to director Brett Ratner and one of his friends.

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The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Utah Jazz, 95-86.

Rihanna looked super hot earlier in the week while stepping out for dinner at one of her favorite restaurants in Santa Monica. Make sure to check out the photos!

FYI: Rihanna is wearing an Alexandre Vauthier trench coat.

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Olivia Munn Reveals Brett Ratner Called Her Before His Howard Stern Apology

Olivia Munn, who accused director Brett Ratner of sexually harassing her, says he has apologized to her.

During a panel discussion at the EMILY’S List pre-Oscars brunch on Tuesday (February 19), the 38-year-old actress revealed that the director-producer had called her in 2011 after she came forward with sexual misconduct allegations against him.

“I’ve never told any of this story publicly, I’m in my hotel room in New York and I get this Caller ID blocked number, and I answer the phone and it’s Brett,” Olivia recalled (via Variety). “He said, ‘I was just joking about that. It’s just a joke and it got blown out of proportion’. He said, ‘Well look, we did date though, right?’ and I said, ‘no’ And he’s like, ‘Are you sure we didn’t date?’ And at this point, I had this feeling that he was recording the conversation.”

“He said, ‘I am sorry, I just don’t know why everyone’s so mad at me,’” Olivia continued. “Because you live life as if we’re all in your movie, and everyone that comes into your atmosphere is under your rule. But the moment you came after me, you came under my rule. And this isn’t going to be your moment in your world, this is going to be my moment in my world. And in my world, guys like you go home crying.”

Pictured: Olivia is spotted making her way into Universal Studios Hollywood to tape an appearance on Extra on Tuesday (February 19) in Los Angeles.

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Olivia Munn Opens Up About Brett Ratner Allegations & the #MeToo Movement

Olivia Munn is on the cover of Rogue‘s Issue N°9, which is available for pre-order now.

Here’s what the 37-year-old Six actress had to say…

On coming forward with sexual misconduct allegations against director Brett Ratner: “Initially, I didn’t publicly call [Brett] out. I wrote a book where I discussed him anonymously. A year later, he named himself and went on to lie about me. A few days after that, he was on the Howard Stern show publicly apologizing for lying, saying he was sorry. Yet, two years after that moment, he gets a $450 million dollar licensing deal with Warner Brothers.”

On taking a stand: “Where is the line? If you don’t draw a line in the sand and say, ‘I’m not gonna work with these people,’ then it’s going to continue. Those who are in power, the movie heads, the executives—why are you working with these people? I’m not saying that people can’t come back from their mistakes, but why is it that when certain people mess up, there’s a formula for redemption? They say they’re sorry, hide away for a little bit, come back, work with the very people they hurt, then resume their position in power, when the rest of us have to fall to the back of the line and work our way back up.”

On the #MeToo movement and coming forward: “One thing that’s important is that we continue to use social media to support people who speak out and show their outrage at abusers. There’s this societal stigma when it comes to [reporting] sexual harassment. Women are seen as liars, men as victims. The truth is that it just doesn’t work that way. To come forward is difficult.”

For more from Olivia, visit TheRogueMag.com.

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Anna Paquin Supports Ellen Page's Story About Brett Ratner's Harassment: 'I Was There'

Anna Paquin is backing up Ellen Page‘s story about Brett Ratner.

Following Ellen‘s post about her experience with sexual harassment on the set of X-Men: The Last Stand, the 35-year-old True Blood actress spoke out on Twitter on Friday (November 10) to support Ellen.

“I was there when that comment was made. I stand with you .@EllenPage,” she wrote. “#truth #IStandWithYou.”

“If you can’t think of the glaringly obvious reason I remained silent then perhaps you’ve forgotten that I’ve been in this victim grooming industry since before I hit puberty,” she added.

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Ellen Page Accuses Brett Ratner of Sexual Harrassment on the Set of 'X-Men'

Ellen Page is the latest star to speak out about sexual harassment in the movie industry.

The 30-year-old actress opened up in a lengthy Facebook post detailing her experience with Brett Ratner while filming X-Men: The Last Stand.

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reportedly made Ellen uncomfortable with a degrading comment during a cast and crew meeting before filming, which stayed with her long after the incident.

“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,” she wrote.

Several other actresses, including Olivia Munn, have already spoken out against the director.

“Don’t compare wrongs or criminal acts by their degrees of severity. Don’t allow yourselves to be numb to the voices of victims coming forward. Don’t stop demanding our civil rights. I am grateful to anyone and everyone who speaks out against abuse and trauma they have suffered. You are breaking the silence. You are revolution.”

See Ellen‘s full post below.

Patty Jenkins Speaks Out About Brett Ratner Allegations After Presenting Him an Award Last Week

Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins has released a statement on Twitter about the Brett Ratner allegations, where actresses such as Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge spoke out about sexual misconduct.

“I’m extremely distressed to read these terrible allegations against Brett Ratner. 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. To be very clear, I am definitely not okay with this kind of behavior,” Patty wrote on Twitter. “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.”

In her statement, Patty is referring to Sunday night’s Jewish National Fund, where she presented Brett with the Tree of Life award.