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Director Brett Ratner accused of sexual assault and misconduct

Brett Ratner at the Wolfgang Puck's Post-Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Ceremony Celebration. Photo: Willy Sanjuan / Invision via AP

Six women, including actresses Natasha Henstridge, Olivia Munn and Jaime Ray Newman, have accused famous Hollywood filmmaker Brett Ratner of sexual harassment or misconduct on movie sets, industry events and private homes, per the LA Times. Ratner's lawyer Martin Singer has denied every account.

Why it matters: The accusations against Ratner highlight the awakening that has swept through Hollywood since Harvey Weinstein and other media moguls' years of inappropriate behavior years were put under a microscope.