Gal Gadot pulls out of event for Brett Ratner amid sexual assault scandals
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Gal Gadot pulls out of event for Brett Ratner amid sexual assault scandals

Spokeswoman for Jewish National Fund says organization was told Israeli actress unable to attend dinner for Jewish director due to scheduling conflict

Israeli actress Gal Gadot signing autographs for fans during the 'Wonder Woman' premier in Mexico City, May 27, 2017. (Victor Chavez/WireImage via JTA)
Israeli actress Gal Gadot signing autographs for fans during the 'Wonder Woman' premier in Mexico City, May 27, 2017. (Victor Chavez/WireImage via JTA)

Israeli actress Gal Gadot withdrew from an awards dinner honoring director Brett Ratner amid growing scrutiny of sexual harassment in Hollywood following the allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein.

Gadot was scheduled to present the Tree of Life award to Ratner at event for the Jewish National Fund on Sunday before deciding to cancel her appearance, Variety reported Friday.

Ratner’s name has been linked to an incident with actress Olivia Munn.

Neither Gadot nor the JNF linked the cancellation to the widening scandal following the rape and sexual assault allegations against Weinstein, who was one of Hollywood’s most powerful figures. But Gadot has spoken out recently against the need of women in Hollywood to stand together against sexual harassment.

Brett Ratner (photo credit: CC-BY-SA David Shankbone, Wikimedia Commons)
Brett Ratner (photo credit: CC-BY-SA David Shankbone, Wikimedia Commons)

The actress did not comment on her decision to pull out of the dinner but a spokeswoman for the event said JNF was told Gadot had a scheduling conflict.

“Apparently she is stuck on promo stuff for ‘Justice League’ for China, and she’s not going to be back in time,” the spokeswoman told Variety.

“We just found this out and everyone is scrambling,” the spokeswoman added.

Ratner was accused of masturbating in front of actress Olivia Munn.

He denied the allegation but was forced to later apologize for falsely saying he slept with her.

Olivia Munn (iDominick – http://www.flickr.com/photos/82924988@N05/15620446888)

The director, who along with US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Australian billionaire James Packer is a founder of movie production company RatPack Entertainment, is set to receive the honor for his support of Jewish causes.

Gadot was in China this week to promote the upcoming “Justice League” film. She attended the premiere Thursday alongside co-star Ben Affleck, who apologized earlier this month for grabbing actress Hilarie Burton’s breast in 2003 on the MTV show “Total Request Live.”

Gadot spoke out against “bullying and sexual harassment” in an Instagram post after the Weinstein scandal broke.

“Bullying and Sexual Harassment is unacceptable!” wrote Gadot from her personal account.

“I stand by all the courageous women confronting their fears and speaking out. Together we stand. We are all united in this time of change.”

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