A woman who was hired as Steven Seagal’s assistant has accused the martial arts movie star of sexual assault in a recently-filed lawsuit.
Seagal’s lawyers immediately dismissed the claims within the lawsuit as a “complete fabrication,” according to CNN. The action movie star’s attorneys also said the woman who filed the suit was fired for abusing illegal drugs.
Kayden Nguyen, 23, became an executive assistant for Seagal, after she responded to an online Craigslist classified ad asking for candidates, CNN reported. Shortly after answering the ad, Nguyen was hired, and joined Seagal on a flight to from Los Angeles, where the suit is filed, to New Orleans, LA.
“As the jet taxied down the runway, Mr. Seagal turned to Ms. Nguyen and said ‘I’m a family man, and I live with my wife, but she wouldn’t care if you were my lover,’” according to the suit.
Nguyen didn’t react to Seagal’s words right away, but the suit further alleged that she was asked little from Seagal as far as assistant tasks while in New Orleans. Seagal’s reality show “Steven Seagal: Lawman” focuses on his work as a reserve sheriff’s deputy in the Jefferson Parrish of New Orleans, and is filmed there.
Within the the suit, Nguyen claims she was sexually assaulted by Seagal three times over the course of five days spent in New Orleans. The assaults allegedly happened in a house on the outskirts of Jefferson Parrish, according to CNN.
The suit further claims that Seagal used Nguyen as his personal “sex toy,” demanding a massage on the first night in New Orleans. Seagal is also accused of groping her and ordering her to “relax” during the acts.
Nguyen also accused Seagal’s staff for not responding to her pleas for help as the assaults continued, including what was described in the lawsuit as a “vicious sexual attack” during the second night in New Orleans.
Attorney Marty Singer, who is representing Seagal, described the lawsuit against the movie star as a “ridiculous and absurd claim by a disgruntled ex-employee who was fired for using illegal narcotics.” Singer further described the claims within the suit as “a complete fabrication without a scintilla of truth,” according to CNN.
Nguyen’s attorney said she decided to not contact police in the Jefferson Parrish area because Seagal was in close contact with local law enforcement while filming the reality show.
Production was recently shut down on the reality show after news of the lawsuit filing came to light, according to the LA Times.