Oscar winning actor Jared Leto claims he was never involved in the Brett Ratner directed Hugh Hefner biopic film announced earlier this year.
Playboy Entertainment released a statement today that the Hef-centric biographical film would not be moving forward as intended with Ratner after a Los Angeles Times piece featuring first hand accounts from six different women accusing Ratner of harassment and misconduct ran this morning.
Deadline ran the story with quotes from Leto's representative today which stated:
"Jared Leto is not and was not attached to a Brett Ratner directed Hugh Hefner film, nor will he be working with him in the future. Earlier reports were incorrect and not confirmed by his representatives."
The production halting decision is due to the swirling accusations from six different women that Ratner sexually harassed them. A quote from Playboy (also to Deadline) stated:
"We are deeply troubled to learn about the accusations against Brett Ratner. We find this kind of behavior completely unacceptable. We are putting all further development of our projects with RatPac Entertainment on hold until we are able to review the situation further."
Hefner passed away earlier this year at the age of 91 at home in the Playboy Mansion, official causes being listed as cardiac arrest, respiratory failure, sepsis and an E. coli infection. Hef started the Playboy empire as a magazine in his Chicago living room in 1953, after quitting his copy editor position at Esquire.