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Warner Bros. cuts ties with Brett Ratner's company after sexual misconduct allegations

In 2013, Warner Bros. needed a new financier to help fund its movies after the studio's longtime partner Legendary Entertainment packed up and took its money to a rival company.

That opened the door for Brett Ratner.

The "Rush Hour" director, along with Australian billionaire James Packer and now-Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, struck a co-financing deal with the studio valued at about $450 million. That made their venture, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, one of the Burbank, Calif., studio's most important financial partners, helping fund blockbuster films including "Gravity" and "The Lego Movie."

That relationship is now over after the Los Angeles Times reported that six women, including actresses Natasha Henstridge and Olivia Munn, accused Ratner of a range of harassment and misconduct. Ratner, through

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