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Megyn Kelly Today, Today: Natasha Henstridge Speaks About Being Assaulted By Brett Ratner

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Welcome to Megyn Kelly Today, Today, a daily column in which we will share the most memorable things that happened on Megyn Kelly Today every morning until we are no longer able to watch Megyn Kelly Today without feeling like there will be no tomorrow.

  • Megyn Kelly walked onstage in a red top and gray pants.
  • Megyn Kelly said she would begin the show by interviewing Natasha Henstridge about Brett Ratner. (You can watch the full interview here.)
  • Megyn Kelly rolled tape about Natasha Henstridge’s career and the recent allegations against Brett Ratner.
  • Natasha Henstridge said having this conversation was “difficult.”
  • Natasha Henstridge said, “I did not want to be on camera either. I’ll be honest with you.”
  • Natasha Henstridge revealed that he knew Brett Ratner “through mutual friends” before she started acting.
  • Natasha Henstridge spoke about being sexually assaulted by Brett Ratner.
  • Natasha Henstridge explained how people can be “forced into” oral sex, and that it’s a product of fear.
  • Natasha Henstridge explained the process of denial, saying, “You just push that stuff away, you become a warrior and strong and forget it ever happened.”
  • Natasha Henstridge said, “There is so little justice.”
  • Natasha Henstridge said that when she saw Brett Ratner “catapult” to success, she thought, “Wow, life really isn’t fair.”
  • Megyn Kelly revealed that she reached out to Brett Ratner and his lawyers, and that he denies the allegations/has no further comment.
  • Megyn Kelly asked Natasha Henstridge why she thinks no woman had ever complained about him until now.
  • Natasha Henstridge said because women are afraid they won’t be believed and that they will be sued.
  • Natasha Henstridge revealed that she only recently told her parents. “They’re the type of people... ‘just keep your head down, don’t make waves...’ I didn’t want to disrupt their lives... Both my mother and my father... wrote me... and said, ‘You had to do something.’ For me that was huge. They said, ‘You can’t let this happen to other people.’”
  • Natasha Henstridge said that she had grappled with guilt over not saying something earlier, that perhaps her speaking out would have saved other women.
  • Megyn Kelly told Natasha Henstridge not to put that on herself.
  • Natasha Henstridge said she also had a story about Harvey Weinstein.
  • Megyn Kelly said, “How would you weigh what happened with Harvey versus what happened with Brett?”
  • Natasha Henstridge said, “The Brett thing was more aggressive. Harvey definitely tried... he pleasured himself in front of me... I was stuck in a room... He consistently came after me... I did manage to avoid a physical attack by him.”
  • Megyn Kelly said, “How many times does an actress need to go through this in order to be in films in Hollywood? Is this considered the price of business in your mind?”
  • Natasha Henstridge said, “I feel in some weird way like we have been lulled into some idea that this is kind of normal. Obviously it’s not normal. It’s incredibly dark, disturbing, all of those things. But I feel like we’ve been lulled into this false sense of that’s just normal behavior,you’re an actress, you’re a symbol of certain things... On some level, they remove that part of you—that part of you that’s an actress—from the human part of you.”
  • Megyn Kelly said, “Hopefully that’s changing because of people like you speaking out.”
  • Megyn Kelly thanked Natasha Henstridge for telling her story.
  • Natasha Henstridge said she came on to help other women feel comfortable telling their stories.
  • Megyn Kelly began a segment about a 17-year-old girl from Plano, Texas named Mackenzie Baldwin who fell in love with a Muslim man online, converted to Islam, and planned to run away to Kosovo and marry/live with the man once she turned 18.
  • Mackenzie’s parents revealed they contacted the FBI and learned the man was probably a sex trafficker or organ harvester.
  • Megyn Kelly welcomed Mackenzie Baldwin and her parents, John and Stephanie Baldwin, to the stage and revealed their book, Almost Gone.
  • Bobby Finger said, “There are too many books!!!”
  • Megyn Kelly welcomed an “internet expert” named Regina Lewis who have some tips about how to protect your children from becoming victims on the internet.
  • Megyn Kelly asked John Baldwin what he thought she was up to.
  • John Baldwin said, “We really don’t know!”
  • Bobby Finger said, “We don’t even know what this guy was up to or who he was? How did this book get sold?”
  • Megyn Kelly said, “I want my kids to believe they can trust me, when in fact, I’ll be snooping.”
  • The audience laughed.
  • Megyn Kelly cut to commercial.
  • Megyn Kelly welcomed Katherine Schwarzenegger to the stage.
  • Katherine Schwarzenegger walked onstage with two dogs to promote her new children’s book that promotes shelter dog awareness.
  • Bobby Finger screamed, “There are way too many books!!!!”
  • Bobby Finger decided to write a book on some bullshit so he can be a guest on Megyn Kelly Today.
  • Bobby Finger thought he’d write a book called, like, Iced In Winter, a memoir about drinking iced coffee in freezing weather, and thought, “That’d probably do it.”
  • Katherine Schwarzenegger gave Megyn Kelly tips on how to “get people interested in dogs.”
  • Bobby Finger mumbled, “Damn, rich people are amazing.”
  • Megyn Kelly conducted nearly the entire interview while holding a dog, which was honestly very sweet.
  • Megyn Kelly teased Dermot Mulroney’s appearance after the break.
  • Bobby Finger said, “Damn, the last segment! How humiliating!”
  • Megyn Kelly returned and welcomed Dermot Mulroney to the stage.
  • Dermot Mulroney promoted the new Hallmark Channel original movie, The Christmas Train.
  • Megyn Kelly said, “I know you play a jaded journalist...”
  • Dermot Mulroney said, “Do you know anything about that?”
  • The audience laughed.
  • Dermot Mulroney described The Christmas Train by saying, “It’s a great story, couldn’t be simpler: Christmas. Train.”
  • Bobby Finger laughed and said, “Wow, Dermot Mulroney rules. He is so down.”
  • Dermot Mulroney said, “Danny Glover also stars.”
  • The audience applauded.
  • Dermot Mulroney said, “Hallmark always has a great feel for their movies.”
  • Bobby Finger said, “It’s true.”
  • Megyn Kelly accidentally called Dermot Mulroney “Dylan,” as in Dylan McDermott. (See the Clip of the Day.)
  • Bobby Finger said, “Megyn Kelly: She’s just like us!”
  • Megyn Kelly revealed that Dermot Mulroney can play the cello.
  • Bobby Finger started laughing because he couldn’t believe how much he suddenly loved Dermot Mulroney, despite the fact that he’s in the best movie of all time: My Best Friend’s Wedding.
  • Megyn Kelly began talking about Dylan McDermott, and how they’ve been living in “parallel universes” for 32 years in Hollywood.
  • Megyn Kelly said, “We are on team Dermot.”
  • Bobby Finger said, “Same!”
  • Dermot Mulroney said Dylan McDermott is an “awesome guy.”
  • Megyn Kelly cut to commercial.
  • Megyn Kelly returned and spoke to Hoda and Kathie Lee.
  • Megyn Kelly told audiences how to get tickets:
  • Megyn Kelly Today ended.

Clip of the Day: Dylan or Dermot?