Steven Seagal being sued for sexual harassment by former assistant
Steven Seagal is on the wrong side of the law after being hit with a civil suit by a former assistant who claims he treated her like a "sex toy," MSBC reports. Oh, don't worry, there's plenty of disgusting detail.
Kayden Nguyen, a 23-year-old former model from L.A., was hired in February after responding to an ad on Craigslist, which should have been her first clue. She showed up in New Orleans where Seagal was taping his A&E show Steven Seagal Lawman. On her very first night, Nguyen claims, she was taken to a secluded house where Seagal's wife and two young, female Russian "attendants" were. The Russian women were apparently on-call for sex 24-7, MSNBC says.
Nguyen rebuffed Seagal's advances and left, complaining to other employees the following morning. But only hours later Steven allegedly forced her to consume "illegal pills." The next day, he called the incidents a "misunderstanding," but then assaulted her a third time, MSNBC says, an attack that only ended when Nguyen ran away.
This pattern continued for several days, until Feb. 28, when Nguyen begged off Seagal's advances at his house (where she says she was practically held hostage for six days) by saying family members were waiting for her. Seagal allegedly told her not to leave and followed her to a cab with a "flashlight with a gun attached to it." Nguyen says she got in the front seat and left immediately.
William Waldo, Kayden's lawyer, told CBS News that Nguyen never called the cops because, hey, he's a deputy with the Jefferson parish Sheriff's department.
"Mr. Seagal is the police," he said. "She is in a remote area of Jefferson Parish. It is in the middle of nowhere and he is the police."
What isn't explained is why she filed a civil suit and not a criminal complaint, but she's suing for more than $1 million. Seagal's lawyer, Marty Singer, called it a "complete fabrication without a scintilla of truth," TMZ says. That's a nice 50-cent word right there.
"The lawsuit filed by Kayden Nguyen against Steven Seagal is a ridiculous and absurd claim by a disgruntled ex-employee who was fired for using illegal narcotics," Singer said. At least we can all agree they were illegal.
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