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Ellen Page Calls Out Brett Ratner's Outing Her on X-Men Set as 'Homophobic' 

Ellen Page Calls Out Brett Ratner's Outing Her on X-Men Set as 'Homophobic' 

Ellen Page

Ratner suggested that a woman 10 years Page's senior have sex with the young actress to teach her that she's gay.

The barrage of sexual abuse complaints continues to mount since Harvey Weinstein's serial sexual misconduct was exposed in early October. Ten days ago, the Los Angeles Times reported allegations that a long-rumored harasser, director Brett Ratner, had sexually abused at least six women, including actresses Natasha Henstridge and Olivia Munn. Now Ellen Page, who came out at as gay at a youth conference in 2014, has penned a lengthy Facebook post detailing Ratner's having harassed and outed her on the set of X-Men: The Last Stand when she was just 18 and not even out to herself.

Page's post begins with her account of Ratner's outing her on set during a meet-and-greet for cast and crew of the film.

"He looked at a woman standing next to me, ten years my senior, pointed to me and said: 'You should fuck her to make her realize she's gay,'" Page wrote of Ratner. "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."

She further called out Ratner for outing her with "no regard" for her well-being, "an act we all recognize as homophobic."

The post from Page further accusing Ratner of misconduct comes after the director slapped one of his accusers with a defamation suit after she alleged that he raped her 10 years ago. But the survivor, Melanie Kohler, refused to be silenced by the suit and said that she'll testify in court to his having raped her.

And Ratner's ploy to shut down an accuser didn't stop Page from coming forward either. The Oscar nominee for Juno and producer of the lesbian-themed Freeheld wrote that beyond Ratner's shaming her for her sexuality, she witnessed him disparaging women on the set, on one occasion referring to a woman as having a "flappy pussy."

Not long after the Facebook post went live, fellow X-Men alumna Anna Paquin tweeted in support of Page's story, saying that she was there when Ratner made the disgusting remarks about Page's sexuality.

"I was there when that comment was made. I stand with you @EllenPage," True Blood star Paquin tweeted.

The in-depth post goes on to address the deleterious effects of outing that haunted Page for years in her career and in her personal life:

"This public, aggressive outing left me with long-standing feelings of shame, one of the most destructive results of homophobia. 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. 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."

Aware of the opportunity and privilege she's afforded as a white woman with the means to obtain security and mental health care if necessary, Page highlighted the dangers the most marginalized women face.

"Let's remember the epidemic of violence against women in our society disproportionately affects low-income women, particularly women of color, trans and queer women and indigenous women, who are silenced by their economic circumstances and profound mistrust of a justice system that acquits the guilty in the face of overwhelming evidence and continues to oppress people of color," Page wrote.

Finally, she called this moment in history, the time of the #MeToo movement that continues to expose serial sexual abusers, a "long-awaited reckoning."

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