Steven Sea­gal, Louis CK lat­est in sex abuse claims

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - WORLD -

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

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