The sexual harassment lawsuit that was filed against Steven Seagal several months ago was not the first time the actor has been accused of sexually inappropriate behavior.
In a 1998 interview in Movieline magazine, unearthed by CBS News’ Crimesider, the actress said Seagal asked her to strip during a casting call for “Under Siege 2,” and then threatened her not to tell anyone:
“I went to the audition for ‘Under Siege 2’ with, like, 15 other Jenny McCarthys. These girls came in and out of his office and I was last. Steven comes out and goes, ‘Hmm, so you’re last.’ I’m thinking, ‘Shouldn’t a casting person be doing this?’ I go inside his office, which has shag carpet and this huge couch, and he’s by himself and says, ‘Sit on the couch.’ I have my [script pages] and I say, ‘OK, I’m ready,’ but he says, ‘No, I want to find out about you.’ I knew what was coming. He goes, ‘So, you were Playmate of the Year.”
“I was wearing this very baggy dress, which I always wear to auditions, with my hair pulled back. I’m listening to him go on and on about how he found his soul in Asia and is one with himself and whatever. When I said, ‘Well, I’m ready to read,’ he said, ‘Stand up, you have to be kind of sexy in the movie and in that dress, I can’t tell.’ I stand up and he goes, ‘Take off your dress.’ I said, ‘What?’ and he said, ‘There’s nudity.’ I said, ‘No, there’s not, or I wouldn’t be here right now.’ He said again, ‘There’s nudity,’ and I said, ‘The pages are right in front of me. There’s no nudity.’ He goes, ‘Take off your dress.’ I just started crying and said, ‘Rent my [Playboy] video, you a–hole!’ and ran out to the car.”
“I’m closing my car door and he grabs me and says, ‘Don’t you ever tell anybody.’ He won’t sue me or say anything because he knows it’s true. If I saw him today, I would still say, ‘You’re a f—ing a–hole and I really hope you change your ways.”
McCarthy’s publicist told CBS News’ Crimesider that McCarthy “did make those statements at the time and does not wish to comment further.” CBS News also reported that in 1998, a Penthouse magazine article featured nine women who said that they were harassed by Seagal.
According to the Reuters News Service, in 2001, Patricia Nichols, who apparently worked on a recording project with Seagal, filed a lawsuit against the actor for allegedly subjecting her to “inappropriate comments and actions.”