Israeli actress Gal Gadot canceled her appearance at a Jewish National Fund awards dinner honoring director and producer Brett Ratner amid growing scrutiny of sexual misconduct in Hollywood.
The star of “Wonder Woman,” who was to co-chair the Oct. 29 dinner, backed out of the JNF event in Hollywood, Variety first reported. Gadot was scheduled to present the Tree of Life Award to Ratner.
Nina Gordon, a spokeswoman for the event, said JNF was told that Gadot had a scheduling conflict. Gadot had been in China promoting the upcoming “Justice League” movie.
Sharon Friedman, the JNF national campaign director, later told Variety that the organization was first notified of Gadot’s scheduling conflict on Oct. 19, but that JNF officials continued to hope she would appear.
When it became clear the actress was not going to change her mind, “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins took her place, the Jerusalem Post reported.
Gadot pulled out following allegations by dozens of women that Hollywood tycoon Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed and sexually assaulted them. Ratner has been accused indirectly of sexual misbehavior.
After the Weinstein scandal broke, Gadot posted on her personal Instagram account: “Bullying and sexual harassment is unacceptable! I stand by all the courageous women confronting their fears and speaking out. Together we stand. We are all united in this time of change.”
Ratner, the CEO of RatPac Entertainment, which he founded with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Australian billionaire James Packer, is known as a supporter of Jewish organizations.