Brett Ratner will not be allowed to depose his alleged victim in his ongoing defamation case against her, but he will get some of the answers he's looking for.
As The Blast first reported, Ratner asked a judge to order Melanie Kohler to submit to a deposition under oath as part of the discovery process. Kohler has been fighting Ratner’s defamation lawsuit against her, claiming he sued her — and NOT his more famous accusers — in an attempt to “silence and intimidate” other women from coming forward with allegations against him.
According to new court documents obtained by The Blast, a judge ruled that Ratner "is entitled to engage in limited discovery to obtain evidence from" Kohler. But the judge said Ratner "has not established that a deposition is necessary at this stage in the proceedings."
The judge ruled that Ratner "may request answers to interrogatories from Defendant Kohler about the details of the alleged rape, where it supposedly occurred, precisely when it purportedly occurred, what allegedly happened before and after, who was present for the events before and after the alleged rape, when and to whom she told about the alleged incident, and any other interactions she had with Plaintiff Ratner."
Ratner has until May 10 to file his request for answers.