Natasha Henstridge Details Sexual Assault Accusation Against Brett Ratner, Weinstein Harassment on Megyn Kelly - NBC Chicago

Natasha Henstridge Details Sexual Assault Accusation Against Brett Ratner, Weinstein Harassment on Megyn Kelly

Henstridge said her parents urged her to step forward

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    In an emotional interview on "Megyn Kelly Today," actress Natasha Henstridge described Wednesday an alleged sexual assault by director Brett Ratner when she 19. She also said she was the victim of sexual misconduct at the hands of Harvey Weinstein, alleging the disgraced movie mogul masturbated in front of her.

    Henstridge first laid out her allegations against Ratner in an Los Angeles Times expose where she accussed him of forcing her to perform oral sex in his New York apartment. Five other women also came forward in the article accussing Ratner of sexual misconduct.

    "I don't want to get emotional again, but my parents are this lovely Canadian couple, who are very - they're the type of people that just, you know, keep your head down and don't make waves," Henstridge said during the tearful interview with Kelly.

    "You know, don't draw attention to yourself and you get on with it. I was really concerned and I didn't want to disrupt their lives and I know it's difficult for them to hear these things, but also have all of their friends and other family, you know, hear all these things," she said. 

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    Kelly said her parents urged her to step forward. "Both my mother and my father both wrote me. And even up until today they both said you have to do something. And for me, that was huge. They said you can't let this happen to other women."

    Ratner has previously denied the allegations leveled against him by Henstridge.

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