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Portia de Rossi claims Steven Seagal 'unzipped his leather pants' during audition

12 November 2017

Australian actress and wife of American talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi, has revealed that actor Steven Seagal had sexually harassed her during one of her auditions for his film.

De Rossi said she was asked to meet with the Russian-American actor for an audition for a role when he chose to unzip his trousers. "He told me how important it was to have chemistry off-screen as he sat me down and unzipped his leather trousers", she said.

"I saw his gun, which I had never seen a gun in real life", she told Jenny Hutt on SiriusXM last Friday.

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De Rossi, who has appeared in Ally McBeal and Arrested Development, said that the alleged behavior occurred during an audition.

Portia's wife, Ellen DeGeneres took to her own Twitter to share her pride at her wife's decision to come forward.

Seagal's representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment. "The Good Wife" actress Julianna Margulies recalled when she "squirmed" her way out of being alone with Seagal in a hotel room. After she refused and ran to her vehicle, McCarthy said he followed her outside and told her not to tell anyone "or else". And I'm here, a woman.' I got to the hotel at 10:40, and she wasn't there.

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Another actor, Lisa Guerrero, alleges that Seagal once conducted a 1996 audition with her for the film Fire Down Below while wearing only a silk robe. "I don't travel. I don't have money for a cab". "And I'm here, a woman, '" Margulies recalled. And I got out of there unscathed... I was never raped, and I was never harmed. It always starts with 'I'm a healer. Unfazed, she replied, "well, I didn't know if he was your type".

She said that Seagal looked surprised to see that she was accompanied by her casting director, but led them to another room where he insisted on sitting on an elevated throne while she recited lines from the scenes she had prepared.

And back in 2010, actress Jenny McCarthy claimed that Seagal once asked her to remove her clothes during an audition for that same movie, Under Siege 2.

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Portia de Rossi claims Steven Seagal 'unzipped his leather pants' during audition