Steven Seagal, Louis CK latest in sex abuse claims
AMERICAN action movie actor Steven Seagal and comedian Louis CK were the latest stars in the crosshairs of mounting sexual misconduct allegations on Thursday, following the downfall of Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey.
Portia de Rossi, the Arrested Development actress and wife of chat queen Ellen DeGeneres, accused the former martial arts expert and blues musician over an undated audition for a Seagal movie 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,” the Australian-born actress tweeted late on 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.”
Seagal’s representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Actress Jenny McCarthy, who first accused Seagal in 1998, on Thursday revisited her encounter with the actor while auditioning for his 1995 movie Under Siege 2 when he allegedly asked her twice to lower her dress.
Telling him she had been told there was no nudity, Seagal allegedly told her “there is off-camera nudity”. After she refused and ran to her car, McCarthy said, had he followed her outside and told her not to tell anyone “or else”.
Meanwhile, in a New York Times exposé on Thursday, five women accused comedian Louis CK of masturbating or asking to masturbate in front of them or on the telephone in separate incidents dating from the late 1990s to 2005. – AFP