Actor Steven Seagal abruptly left a BBC Newsnight interview on Thursday when he was asked a question about his history of sexual misconduct accusations.
As THR reports, Host Kirsty Wark asked the actor, “In terms of your life in America, you’ve been very much caught up in allegations of sexual harassment. You had a rape allegation against you and I wonder how you deal with all that.” Seagal then proceeded to pull his earpiece off and left his chair without a word, though he forgot to take his microphone off, and someone could be heard offscreen helping him remove it.
“Hello, Steven Seagal?” Wark responded, before transitioning immediately into a report: “Seagal there, and of course though he didn’t respond there, he has said previously that he denies any allegation made against him.”
Best known for his roles in actions films such as Under Siege and Exit Wounds — and for being granted Russian citizenship by Vladimir Putin — Seagal stands accused of misconduct by several major Hollywood actresses, including Portia de Rossi and Julianna Margulies.
As recently as September, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office decided not to prosecute a sex crimes case involving Seagal and an alleged sexual assault that took place in 1993, because the statute of limitations had passed. Additional accusations include Inside Edition correspondent Lisa Guerrero, who claims that Seagal asked her to attend a “private rehearsal” with him while wearing only a silk kimono during an audition, and Regina Simons, who says that Seagal sexually assaulted her at a wrap party for one of his films, in which she was an extra.
Steven Seagal’s walkout can be seen below:
This is the moment Steven Seagal walks out on a #newsnight interview over questioning about #metoo allegations, which he denies.@sseagalofficial | @KirstyWark | @BBCTwo | #newsnight pic.twitter.com/Lr6mE3th4F
— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) October 4, 2018
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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