The woman who is being sued by Brett Ratner after she accused him of rape on social media says she has a few things on her side as she fights his libel lawsuit: the truth and the similar allegations of at least a half-dozen other women.
Lawyers for Melanie Kohler filed their response to his lawsuit on Thursday after a judge ruled earlier this month that the case was allowed to move forward.
Kohler’s attorneys go through a myriad of defenses, one of which, she claims, is the truth.
“Ms. Kohler intends to rely on the defense that Mr. Ratner’s claims are barred as a matter of law because all the alleged statements by Ms. Kohler were true or substantially true when made,” the lawsuit states.
On the same day Ratner filed his libel lawsuit against Kohler, the Los Angeles Times published a bombshell report in which six women — including actresses Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge — accused Ratner of sexual harassment or misconduct.
Those accusations are also a part of Kohler’s defense as well, as her lawyers write in the suit, “Ms. Kohler intends to rely on the defense that Mr. Ratner’s reputation as a serial abuser of women is such that he cannot have suffered any damage as a result of Ms. Kohler’s alleged defamation.”
Kohler is looking to have the case dismissed and is seeking attorneys’ fees and costs.
The case is ongoing.