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Gal Gadot is proving to be Wonder Woman IRL. The actress is reportedly refusing to return for the film's sequel unless Warner Bros. severs ties with filmmaker Brett Ratner, who's been accused of sexual misconduct by several women, including Ellen Page and Olivia Munn. (Related: How the #MeToo Movement Is Spreading Awareness About Sexual Assault)
"Brett made a lot of money from the success of Wonder Woman, thanks to his company having helped finance the first movie," a Warner Bros. insider told Page Six. "Now Gadot is saying she won't sign for the sequel unless Warner Bros. buys Brett out [of his financing deal] and gets rid of him."
Last month, six women spoke with the Los Angeles Times about their experiences with Ratner, which took place in private homes, on movie sets, and at industry events. Munn, for instance, says that Ratner masturbated in front of her in his trailer on the set of a movie in 2004. "I've made specific, conscientious choices not to work with Brett Ratner," she told the Times. (Related: Cara Delevingne Reveals That Harvey Weinstein Sexually Harassed Her)
Since our story on Brett Ratner ran on Wednesday morning, we have been contacted by over 45 individuals with new allegations against the filmmaker. I am in the process of investigating these claims.
— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) November 3, 2017
During this time, Page shared her own experience with Ratner on Facebook: "He looked at a woman standing next to me, ten years my senior [Page was 18 at the time], pointed to me and said: 'You should f*ck her to make her realize she's gay.'"
Page said the incident took place during a meet and greet for X-Men: The Last Stand. "I proceeded to watch him on set say degrading things to women," she says. X-Men costar Anna Paquin was there when the incident took place and showed Page her support on Twitter.
— Anna Paquin (@AnnaPaquin) November 10, 2017
After these allegations surfaced over the last month, Gadot reportedly backed out of presenting Ratner with an award at a dinner in his honor.
"She's tough and stands by her principles. She also knows the best way to hit people like Brett Ratner is in the wallet," the Warner Bros. insider told Page Six. "She also knows that Warner Bros. has to side with her on this issue as it develops. They can't have a movie rooted in women's empowerment being part-financed by a man accused of sexual misconduct against women."
For now, Warner Bros. is denying reports of Gadot's holdout to Page Six and neither Gadot nor Ratner has publicly responded to the story.