Disgraced Hollywood director Brett Ratner makes aliyah to Israel

Ratner is understood to be making a career comeback after being accused of sexual harassment


MIAMI BEACH, FL - OCTOBER 04: Brett Ratner attends "Before The Flood" Special Screening at New World Center on October 4, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)

Disgraced film director Brett Ratner, whose career was mired by sexual misconduct allegations, has made aliyah to Israel. 

It is understood Ratner, who has directed blockbusters including the Rush Hour series and Horrible Bosses, moved to the Jewish state to make a career comeback.

The Jewish film director posted an Instagram story last week showing the passbook which Israel issues to new immigrants, granting them tax breaks and other benefits. He captioned it in Hebrew, “Brett Shai Ratner.”

Last month, he published a photo of himself with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara at the UN General Assembly. Ratner was a guest of Netanyahu.

Ratner is a well-known supporter of Jewish and Israeli organisations and has been honoured for his Jewish philanthropy.

The 54-year-old is also the CEO of RatPac Entertainment, which he founded with former US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Australian billionaire James Packer, a close friend of the Netanyahu family.

He was dropped by major Hollywood studios in 2017 after six women came forward to accuse the filmmaker of sexual harassment or misconduct. The women were all actresses at the time of the alleged incidents. 

Ratner, through his attorney Martin Singer, strongly denied the accusations. 

Ratner’s move to Israel comes after it was reported that Bryan Singer, director of the X-Men series, was also living in the Jewish state.

According to Variety, Singer, who was raised Jewish, had been living in Israel for several years after allegations surfaced that he assaulted four minors. He strongly denies the claims.

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