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Onetime action star Steven Seagal may work for a police force in Louisiana now, but he's still not above the law. A shocking new lawsuit filed against the star of A&E's Steven Seagal: Lawman alleges that he forces the "assistants" he hires to become his sex slaves.
Kayden Nguyen, who worked for Seagal in Feburary, filed an $8 million dollar sexual harassment claim after allegedly being held prisoner in Seagal's home and forced to perform sexual acts.
Nguyen, a 23-year-old former model, says she answered a Craigslist ad for an executive assistant position; hired after three interviews, she flew from her Los Angeles home to New Orleans, where Seagal tapes his A&E show. She found it strange that married-with-children Seagal flirted with her on the plane ride -- and even stranger that her room had no door, only a curtain.
From there, Nguyen's story becomes nightmarish. She claims that after she was groped by Seagal, she complained to his staff; then, she says he violently raped her in retaliation. During a second assault, she says he forced her to consume "illegal pills." Nguyen says she fended off a third attack and then escaped by cab, only to have Seagal stalk her with a gun. Even worse: According to Nguyen, there are multiple "assistants" employed by Seagal to cater to his sexual desires. And this is what she claims to have seen after only six days as Seagal's employee.
The 58-year-old actor has been accused of sexually harassing employees before, according to CBS News -- but Nguyen's claims (which Seagal's attorney calls "ridiculous and absurd") accuse him of a new level of violence. In a statement, Seagal's lawyer referred to Nguyen as "a disgruntled ex-employee who was fired for using illegal narcotics." Some are questioning why Nguyen didn't call the police after her escape, instead waiting months to file a civil suit (rather than a criminal suit, which could land Seagal in jail). Nguyen's attorney says that his client was afraid to contact the police, because Seagal is a member of the local police force -- an explanation that sounds entirely rational. Nguyen claims she can verify her story by describing a "unique physiological reaction" that Seagal has to sexual arousal.
The eight charges Seagal now faces are sexual harassment, illegal trafficking of females for sex, failure to prevent sexual harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and false representation about employment.
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