On Wednesday, Variety reported that director-producer Brett Ratner’s legal team asked a judge for permission to question Melanie Kohler, who accused Ratner of rape in a recent, since-deleted Facebook post.
Shortly after six women accused Ratner of sexual harassment or misconduct in a Los Angeles Times for a report published on November 1, Variety obtained the Facebook post that Kohler had written on October 20 in which she claimed that Ratner had “preyed” on her while she was intoxicated at a club and raped her in 2004 or 2005. Ratner filed a defamation suit against Kohler in a federal court in Hawaii just after the LA Times article surfaced.
On February 8, a judge declined to do away with the libel suit against Kohler, who is now, according to Variety, trying to get the case dismissed under Califoria’s anti-SLAPP law.
Ratner’s lawyers are arguing that they need Kohler’s deposition in order to help prove the case they are trying to make, which is that she has given inconsistent testimony. The lawyers wrote in their appeal to the judge that to this effect they wish to ask Kohler about “the full details of her alleged interactions with Mr. Ratner because such discovery would allow Mr. Ratner to show by direct and circumstantial evidence that Defendant’s assault allegation was false, and that she knew it was false when she made it.”
Kohler’s attorney, Roberta Kaplan told Variety, “We think Mr. Ratner’s requests are unduly burdensome and look forward to these issues being discussed in court.”