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Portia De Rossi Accuses Steven Seagal Of Sexual Harassment

Portia De Rossi Accuses Steven Seagal Of Sexual Harassment”

In a New York Times expose published on Thursday, five women accused comedian Louis C.K. of masturbating or asking to masturbate in front of them or on the telephone in separate incidents dating from the late 1990s to 2005.

McCarthy detailed that she had shown up to audition for "Under Siege 2", purposely wearing a muumuu so the casting people would pay attention to her performance. As she reached her auto, Seagal had followed her, and allegedly warned her not to tell anyone of their encounter "or else".

In a statement, the actor said he was "appalled and distressed" by the allegations which he described as "baseless". The film's distributor, The Orchard, told the Reuters news agency that it was giving careful consideration regarding the timing and the eventual release of the film. De Rossi, whose credits include hit shows like Scandal, Arrested Development, and Ally McBeal, is one of at least seven women who have come forward to accuse Seagal of sexual misconduct.

Portia de Rossi, star in the comedy "Arrested Development", described her encounter with the actor during an undated audition in a Twitter post, saying: "He told me how important it was to have chemistry off-screen as he sat me down and unzipped his leather trousers".

"I ran out and called my agent".

"So I stand across from (Seagal) and he plops onto a sofa that's near a fireplace", she said. "He told me how important it was to have chemistry off-screen as he sat me down and unzipped his leather trousers". After she refused and ran to her vehicle, McCarthy said he followed her outside and told her not to tell anyone "or else".

Seagal's representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment. She first told her story back in 1998, but recounted it again in the wake of allegations by actress Julianna Margulies that Seagal made similar overtures to her.

Margulies, who later shot to fame for her role in 1990s hit series "ER" and more recently in "The Good Wife", said a female casting director told her Seagal wanted to go over a scene with her in his NY hotel room at night.

Margulies said when she arrived at the hotel, no casting director was there, but Seagal was.

"I got to the hotel at 10:40 [p.m.] and she wasn't there".

Although Seagal has seen his celebrity stock decline significantly from its heights in the 1980s and early 90s, he remains a popular figure in eastern Europe.

He was past year accorded Russian and Serbian citizenship, personally collecting his Russian passport from President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin.

Actress Portia de Rossi attends the premiere of Disney's "Finding Dory" at El Capitan Theater, Hollywood, California, June 8, 2016; RIGHT: Actor Steven Seagal attends 2014 Chinese American Film Festival Opening Night Ceremony at Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, California, November 4, 2014.

The ever-increasing array of allegations spurred Los Angeles prosecutors to launch a task force to evaluate sexual abuse allegations in the entertainment industry.



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