Steven Seagal is being investigated for sexual misconduct by the Los Angeles Police Department in at least three different cases.
Regina Simons , who is of Native American origin (part Sioux and part Navajo), says that she was 18-years-old and a virgin at the time when she was raped by Seagal. She is now 43-years-old and a mother of two. Back then, she was working as an extra in the movie On Deadly Ground, which premiered one year later, in 1994.
But in 1993, Simons recounts that she received an invitation to a party at the Hollywood star’s mansion in Beverly Hills. She accepted the invitation and went there alone. Upon arrival, she noticed that there was no party. It was just her and the actor, who didn’t waste any time luring her in his bedroom, closing the door and starting to kiss her.
She continues: “He then took my clothes off and before I knew it he was on top of me, raping me… I wasn’t sexually active yet. People always talk about fight-or-flight. But no one talks about the freeze.”
Simons explains that she was caught “completely off-guard” and even so, he was three times her size. “I was crying when he was on top of me”, she says, adding that none of what happened could have been mistaken by “consensual sex”. There was none of that.
Faviola Dadis, a Dutch model, told her story on Instagram, in November last year, inspired by Portia de Rossi’s revealing on Steven Seagal.
When I was 20 I was auditioning for a movie with #StevenSeagal and was sexually assaulted by him”, she writes, explaining, in the end that the reason why she did not report the incident immediately was that “someone like Steven, with such a huge amount of power, influence, and money would easily win a legal battle”.
In light of the allegations by #PortiadeRossi, I want to speak up about something I should have years ago. When I was 20 I was auditioning for a movie with #StevenSeagal and was sexually assaulted by him. During all our initial interactions, there was a production assistant or casting director present along with Steven. We established a relationship via text, and bonded about similar interests like Buddhism. After 2 callbacks (during the day and always with others present), I was invited for a private audition at the W Hotel late in the evening. Steven said the audition was to see my figure. I was told to wear a bikini under my clothes, and that the PA and casting director would also be there. As this is quite standard in the modeling industry, I agreed to the audition. I was escorted to the room by Steven’s personal assistant. I assumed the PA and casting director were already in the room, but when I arrived no one was there but Steven and his security who stood blocking the door. I noted this was a bit strange, but he apologized and explained they had other obligations. Steven asked if I would take off my clothes and walk for him in my bikini. After doing so (he was on the couch and I was at a far enough distance to do a catwalk for him), he approached me and said he wanted to act out a romantic scene. I was hesitant and expressed this, then he started fondling my breasts and grabbing my crotch. I quickly yelled “This audition is over!”, and tried to run out of the room but was blocked by his security. I started making a noticeable amount of noise, and his security realized I would alert someone,and let me leave. I never reported this to anyone out of fear that someone like Steven, with such a huge amount of power, influence, and money would easily win a legal battle; and furthermore that I would damage my career. However, as others are now speaking out against Steven, I would like to do the same. This was unfortunately not the last time I experienced this type of behavior from men, and it is completely unacceptable.
De Rossi shared her story in early November of last year. She tweeted: “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. I ran out and called my agent. Unfazed, she replied, “well, I didn’t know if he was your type.”
The LAPD is investigating the claims both Faviola Dadis and Regina Simons made against Seagal. Aside, from their cases, the police also has an open investigation against the actor for a third alleged victim, who remains unnamed.
Steven Seagal’s lawyer, Marty Singer, says the accusations are “totally false”. “It is interesting this person doesn’t give her name to give her claims legitimacy”, he told The Sun.