The bottom line: The key to understanding Amazon is its monomaniacal focus on giving the customer what he or she wants, even before they know they do. "At some point, I gave in and he did his thing".
The suit, filed in Hawaii federal court, came on the same day the L.A. Times reported that six other women accused Ratner of various forms of sexual misconduct.
The actress said: "He walked out. with his belly sticking out, no pants on, shrimp cocktail in one hand and he was furiously masturbating in the other".
Ratner's lawyer, Martin Singer, has denied the validity of all the allegations to the Los Angeles Times.
Hoffman, now 80, apologised in a statement late Wednesday, saying he felt terrible that "anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation". He goes on to say that as a "direct and proximate" result of Kohler's post he "has suffered injuries to his personal and professional reputations".
(L-R) Brett Ratner and producer Harvey Weinstein speak onstage during the 2012 amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel Du Cap on May 24, 2012 in Cap D'Antibes, France.
This is highly lucrative stuff: Analysts and industry executives say new initiatives like Amazon Key and Amazon Seller Flex show the company's potential to siphon off a large chunk of the trillions of dollars spent globally on logistics and shipping.
Ratner's deal with the studio has already expired, but the statement confirmed that the two parties will not be renewing their partnership.
On Wednesday, following the L.A. Times report, Warner Bros. severed ties with Ratner, who is CEO of RatPac Entertainment.
Ratner is a prominent figure in Hollywood.
Ratner is also a close friend of admitted child rapist Roman Polanski and director James Toback, who stands accused of sexual misconduct by some 300 women.