‘Sea­gal sat me down and unzipped his pants’

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS - BY CHRISTO­PHER BUCKTIN US Edi­tor

AC­TRESS Por­tia de Rossi has claimed Hol­ly­wood ac­tor and pro­ducer Steven Sea­gal unzipped his trousers dur­ing a pri­vate of­fice au­di­tion.

The Aus­tralian ac­tress, 44, claims the 65-year-old star be­gan to ex­pose him­self in front of her and sex­u­ally propo­si­tioned her be­fore she fled.

Rossi, wife of US talk show host Ellen Degeneres, wrote on Twit­ter: “He told me how im­por­tant it was to have chem­istry off-screen as he sat me down and unzipped his leather pants. I ran and called my agent.”

The Scream 2 star said her agent was “un­fazed” and replied: “‘Well, I didn’t know if he was your type’.”

Fol­low­ing the claims, Degeneres, 59, sup­ported her part­ner tweet­ing: “I’m proud of my wife.”

Rossi’s claims come after The Good Wife ac­tress Ju­lianna Mar­gulies said she was sex­u­ally ha­rassed by Sea­gal who in­tim­i­dated her with a gun in a ho­tel room. She said: “I never was raped. And I never was harmed. And I don’t know how I got out of that ho­tel room… I sort of screamed my way out.”

The ac­tress said she was 23 at the time, when she got to the ho­tel at 10.40pm and found her­self alone with him. “He made sure that I saw his gun,” she said. “I had never seen a gun in real life.”

Last month, US news show In­side Edi­tion cor­re­spon­dent Lisa Guer­rero said she too was re­peat­edly pres­sured to au­di­tion alone with Sea­gal at his home for a role in the 1997 movie Fire Down Be­low.

Guer­rero claims the ac­tor and pro­ducer made her per­form in front of him as he sat on a throne in a silk robe. Later, her man­ager told her Sea­gal wanted to of­fer her the lead in the film but that she would need to re­turn to his home that night for an­other pri­vate au­di­tion. She de­clined, and the role went to an­other ac­tress.

Re­cent al­le­ga­tions against the ac­tor come a decade after former Play­boy model Jenny

Mccarthy claimed she was propo­si­tioned by the star.

Sea­gal de­nied her claims but so far has not re­sponded to the lat­est al­le­ga­tions.

He said how im­por­tant it was for us to have chem­istry off screen POR­TIA DE ROSSI ON SEA­GAL’S ‘AU­DI­TION’

SUP­PORT De Rossi with Ellen Degeneres Steven Sea­gal de­nied claims A-LIST STAR

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