Actress Jenny McCarthy has come forward with allegations of sexual harassment against actor Steven Seagal. McCarthy was speaking on SiriusXM on Thursday and spoke of an encounter with Seagal from 1995.
McCarthy said she was auditioning for a role in Seagal’s film “Under Siege 2.” She said she wore a muumuu to the audition “so the casting people would actually look at [her] face and watch [her] work.” She said Seagal tried to coax her to sit next to him on a couch, while she just wanted to stand in the room. She said she and Seagal were the only ones in the casting room.
McCarthy said that after Seagal spoke about “his experience on combat missions,” he allegedly said, “You know, this part has nudity in it. And I can’t really tell what your body looks like in that dress that you’re wearing.”
“In my head, I’m like, ‘Okay here we go. Sound the alarms, this is not a test, this is the real thing, activate all defense systems,’” McCarthy said. “But, I so wanted to legitimately read for this part that I wasn’t gonna give up yet. So, I told him, ‘Listen. My agent says there’s no nudity. I specifically asked her, and she said no.’”
Seagal then told her there was “off-camera nudity” and asked her to lower her dress “so [he] can see [her] breasts.” McCarthy said she cried and left the room after saying, “Go buy my Playboy video — it’s on sale for $19.99.” She then alleged that Seagal followed her to her car and told her to not say anything “or else.”
“It was so disheartening,” McCarthy said. “And, I thought about like, ‘I was the last girl that day. How many girls had to take off their clothes? How many girls had to do more?’ It just so grossed me out.”
While Seagal’s spokesperson denied McCarthy’s claims, she is not the only person to have accused Seagal of sexual harassment. Earlier this week, actress Portia de Rossi alleged that Seagal harassed her during an audition.
“My final audition for a Steven Se[a]gal 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.” de Rossi tweeted.
Actress Julianna Margulies also echoed harassment claims against Seagal, saying, “He made sure that [she] saw his gun,” during an audition. Margulies said, “I got out of there unscathed. It’s a long story […] but I never was raped, and I never was harmed, and I don’t know how I got out of that hotel room.”