Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Brett Ratner’s Hilhaven Lodge whiskey has been discontinued by spirits maker Diageo after the sexual misconduct accusations against him.
Multiple women, including actresses Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge, have accused Ratner of harassment or assault in recent weeks.
“Due to the nature of these allegations, The Hilhaven Lodge Whiskey has been discontinued,” a Diageo spokesperson told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday.
Diageo did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
TheWrap previously reported that the liquor giant was reviewing its relationship with Ratner.
“A couple of years ago, Diageo entered into licensing and marketing services agreements with Brett Ratner to develop and produce an American Whiskey blend for The Hilhaven Lodge trademark which Mr. Ratner owns,” the company said in a statement on Nov. 7.
“Diageo takes matters such as these very seriously and, given the nature of these allegations, we are reviewing this relationship.”
Diageo was the world’s largest producer of spirits until China’s Kweichow Moutai took over the top spot earlier this year.
The company’s brands include Smirnoff, Johnnie Walker, Baileys and Guinness. It also owns 34 percent of Moet Hennessy, which includes brands like Veuve Clicquot and Hennessy.
Hilhaven Lodge Whiskey is named after the famous Beverly Hills estate where Ratner currently resides. It was previously home to Hollywood stars including “Casablanca” star Ingrid Bergman, “Vertigo” actress Kim Novak and “Grease” producer Allan Carr.
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