he crowd turned on director Brett Ratner when he fired some searing shots at Russell Simmons Tuesday night at a “Tower Heist” party at the Dream Hotel. Ratner joined Simmons and producer Brian Grazer on a panel to discuss the film. When Simmons called Ratner “a little bit of a [bleep]kisser,” the director retaliated by later saying, “The real story is when I was 16 years old, I met Russell Simmons and he tried to have sex with me, no, I’m kidding.” As the crowd began to jeer, Ratner threw in a few good words about how Simmons became his “best friend,” before firing off more shots at the hip-hop mogul and vegan political activist. “When I met [Simmons] back then, he ate pork, he ate fried chicken he smoked weed, he drank like crazy, he smoked angel dust he did all kinds of [bleep],” Ratner said, while Simmons mumbled under his breath and the crowd booed. “He did not know who the president of the United States was … He knew nothing about politics! Now Russell is a changed man.” Grazer finally tapped Ratner on the leg, reminding him to talk about his movie. A Universal Studios rep said Ratner’s remarks were “friendly retaliation” for Simmons’ Friars Club speech last week where Ratner accepted an award. Simmons said through his rep: “Brett is one of the funniest people I know … I was making funny faces, like what he was saying hurt, but it didn’t. I expected it. That’s just Brett. I love him.” [Page Six]