Brett Ratner & Accuser Find Common Ground; Defamation Suit Dismissed – Update

Brigitte Lacombe

EXCLUSIVE: (Updated with additional lawyers’ statement) Nearly a year after she claimed that Brett Ratner sexually assaulted her and the director sued for defamation, Melanie Kohler and the filmmaker have ended their legal battle. Each has made statements to Deadline signaling an end to the dispute, and their mutual desire to “move on.” Ratner will drop the lawsuit he filed in Hawaii imminently.

“I have been honored to represent Melanie Kohler and we are pleased that Mr. Ratner agreed to dismiss this case,” Kohler’s attorney Roberta Kaplan said today. “Cases like this are very difficult, especially when the events happened more than a decade ago and memories are cloudy and unclear. The public conversation about this case has become very painful for Melanie. This result will allow Melanie to move on with her life and spend more time with her family.”

“This is a win for women everywhere,” attorney Kaplan added. “We are proud of our client, who stood by her statement and stood up for herself in court, and appreciate Mr. Ratner dismissing this case.”

“I’m happy that the matter has been resolved,” said Ratner himself in a statement to Deadline.

Kohler made the allegation on Facebook last fall just before a Los Angeles Times story broke accusing Ratner of sexual harassment of six women. The post by Kohler has since been taken down from social media.

“It is hereby stipulated and agreed by and between the parties hereto, through their respective undersigned counsel, that this action and all claims asserted herein shall be and hereby are dismissed with prejudice pursuant to Rule 41(a)(l)(A)(ii) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure,” the filing authorized today by a federal district judge states (read it here).”This stipulation disposes of all claims and all parties, with the respective parties to bear their own attorneys’ fees and costs.”

Ratner’s attorney Marty Singer says that no monies were exchanged or paid by either party, as a condition of the dismissal, or for any other reason.

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