US action movie star Steven Seagal was a very well-known actor back in the 80s and 90s. He is still a favorite in different parts of the world including Russia and Serbia. However, it seems that even he used his star power to sexually harass women back in the day.
Ever since men and women have started coming forward with their instances of being sexually harassed by people in Hollywood, many famous celebrities have come under the barrage of these allegations including Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey.
This time around it was Portia De Rossi—former Ally McBeal actress and wife of TV show host Ellen DeGeneres—who alleged that Seagal tried to harass her when she went for an undated audition for his movie at his office.
“He told me how important it was to have chemistry off-screen as he sat me down and unzipped his leather pants,” de Rossi tweeted late Wednesday.
“I ran out and called my agent. Unfazed, she replied, ‘well, I didn’t know if he was your type.”
DeGeneres retweeted the post to her more than 75 million followers saying: “I’m proud of my wife.”
Actress Julianna Margulies also recounted her horrible encounter which she had with the 65-year-old former actor, with whom she appeared in the 1991 movie Out for Justice.
Margulies said that a female casting director told her that Seagal wanted to go over a scene with her in his New York hotel room at night.
Margulies, 23 years old at the time, said that when she arrived she found the actor alone.
“He made sure that I saw his gun, which I had never seen a gun in real life,” she told Sirius XM radio. “I got out of there unscathed,” she said.
So far Seagal’s representatives have not responded to these allegations.
Seagal’s fame peaked in the late 1980s and early 1990s with films such as Under Siege and Above the Law, although he remains popular in Eastern Europe.
In 2010, he was sued by a then 23-year-old former assistant who claimed he treated her as a sexual object. She, however, later dropped the suit.