Steven Seagal investigated over sexual assault claim, Los Angeles police say
The Los Angeles Police Department said it is investigating an allegation of sexual assault said to have taken place in 2005.
Steven Seagal is being investigated over an allegation of sexual assault said to have taken place in 2005, the Los Angeles Police Department has said.
The action movie actor, 65, has faced allegations of sexual harassment under the increased scrutiny on Hollywood since the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke.
On Friday a spokeswoman for the police force said a complaint is being handled by the Robbery-Homicide Division but offered no more information.
“All we can do is confirm that there’s an open investigation from 2005,” she said, adding it is an allegation of sexual assault.
In recent months, Seagal has been accused of sexual harassment by actresses Julianna Margulies and Portia de Rossi.
De Rossi claimed that during a final audition for a Seagal movie in his office, he unzipped his leather trousers in front of her as he discussed off-screen chemistry.
“I ran out and called my agent. Unfazed, she replied, ‘Well, I didn’t know if he was your type’,” de Rossi wrote online.
My final audition for a Steven Segal movie took place in his office. He told me how important it was to have chemistry off-screen as he sat me down and unzipped his leather pants. I️ ran out and called my agent. Unfazed, she replied, “well, I didn’t know if he was your type.”— Portia de Rossi (@portiaderossi) November 8, 2017
The Good Wife star Margulies claimed she was 23 when she went to Seagal’s hotel room under the pretences of a casting, but when she arrived he was alone.
She managed to flee “unscathed” after “I sort of screamed my way out”, she told radio station Sirius XM.
Their claims led actress Jenny McCarthy to renew her allegation that she was sexually harassed by Seagal during an audition for Under Siege 2 in 1995.
McCarthy alleged Seagal asked her to remove her clothes despite no nudity being required for the role.
A representative for Seagal is yet to return a request for comment, but a spokesman previously denied McCarthy’s allegation to The Daily Beast.