Yet another Hollywood actress is speaking out about her experience with sexual harassment on Nov. 8. Portia de Rossi claimed that Steven Seagal tried to use his position and fame to get her to sleep with him. “My final audition for a Steven Seagal movie took place in his office,” she wrote in the candid tweet. “He told me how important it was to have chemistry off-screen as he sat me down and unzipped his leather pants.”
Portia immediately knew she had to get away from him, but quickly realized that she had been betrayed by someone else that she trusted. “I ran out and called my agent,” she continued. “Unfazed, she replied, ‘well, I didn’t know if he was your type.'” The story echos those of the Harvey Weinstein accusers, who report that female assistants set up meetings knowing that the young actresses would be put in a dangerous situation.
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. I️ ran out and called my agent. Unfazed, she replied, “well, I didn’t know if he was your type.”
— Portia de Rossi (@portiaderossi) November 8, 2017
Portia isn’t the first woman to accuse the action star of sexually harassing her. Just days earlier, Julianna Marguelies admitted that an experience with Steven haunted her as well. “When I was 23, a casting director, a woman, said, ‘Well, Steven Seagal wants to go over the scene with you in his hotel room at 10 o’clock at night.’ And I lived in Brooklyn, and I said, ‘Oh, I don’t do that. I don’t travel. I don’t have money for a cab.’ And I didn’t,” Julianna explained on Jenny Hutt’s Sirius XM show. “And I said, ‘And I don’t take subways late at night.’ And she says, ‘Don’t worry, we’ll reimburse you. And I’m here.’ A woman, because we need to start holding these people accountable.”
Unfortunately, Julianna’s story has a scary, violent twist. “I got to the hotel around 10:40 p.m. and she wasn’t there and he was alone and he made sure that I saw his gun, which I had never seen a gun in real life. And I got out of there unscathed… I never was raped, and I never was harmed. I don’t know how I got out of that hotel room. It always starts with ‘I’m a healer. I want to massage you’ and I sort of squirmed my way out.”
Back on Oct. 13, another woman spoke out about Steven: actress-turned-journalist Lisa Guerrero. Again she was at an audition, this time for the female lead in Fire Down Below in 1997. She told The Hollywood Reporter that when she showed up with a casting director to his home, he was wearing nothing but a robe. As soon as she got him, he called her to come back for a “private rehearsal” and since she said no, he didn’t give her the part, though he offered her a smaller role. After she filmed the role, he invited her to his dressing room. When she declined, he cut her part entirely.