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'Make Her Realize She's Gay.' Read Ellen Page's Emotional Story Accusing Brett Rattner of Outing Her

From TIME - November 10, 2017

Ellen Page said in a powerful Facebook post on Friday that director and producer Brett Ratner outed her when she was 18 years old.

Page, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in Juno, said that the alleged incident occurred at a cast meet-and-greet before filming began on X Men: The Last Stand, which Ratner directed. He looked at a woman standing next to me, ten years my senior, pointed to me and said: You should fk her to make her realize shes gay,' the actor wrote.

We are all entitled to come into an awareness of our sexual orientation privately and on our own terms, she continued. This public, aggressive outing left me with long standing feelings of shame, one of the most destructive results of homophobia Ratners 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.

Anna Paquin, who co-starred with Page in X Men: The Last Stand, tweeted that she was present for the comment. I stand with you, Ellen Page, Paquin wrote.

Page, who publicly came out in 2014, also said that she witnessed Ratner make degrading comments to other women on set. An aide to Martin Singer, an attorney for Ratner, said Ratner would be responding the allegations later.

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