Seagal show suspended after claims
Published 15/04/2010 | 11:42
Steven Seagal's TV show has been suspended as the actor faces sexual harassment allegations.
New Orleans sheriff Newell Normand said the continued recording of the reality series, Steven Seagal Lawman, would be a distraction for the department in light of allegations made against the star by a woman in a California civil lawsuit.
Kayden Nguyen, a 23-year-old model, sued Seagal for one million dollars on Monday in Los Angeles, alleging he sexually harassed her and engaged in sex trafficking, both of which the actor denies.
Her lawsuit claims the actor hired her as an executive assistant and flew her to Louisiana while he was making the reality series.
She claims she was kept at a house in Lafitte for several days and that Seagal repeatedly groped her. She also claims two other women were kept at the house and were used by the actor for sexual purposes.
She also alleges Seagal forced her to take illegal prescription medications and that she repeatedly complained to others on Seagal's staff but wasn't allowed to leave the home. Nguyen states she fled the house after several days and borrowed money to return to Los Angeles.
Seagal's attorney, Marty Singer, denied the allegations and said in a statement that Nguyen was fired for illegal drug use.
"The claims in her lawsuit are a complete fabrication without a scintilla of truth," Singer wrote.
Normand, at a news conference Wednesday, said he does not plan an investigation of the allegations unless the woman makes a criminal or administrative complaint against Seagal with the sheriff's office.
"We are aware of Sheriff Normand's decision to halt production on Steven Seagal Lawman at this time and we have no further comment," A And E spokesman Dan Silberman said.