Woman Says Steven Seagal Sexually Assaulted Her
A woman says actor Steven Seagal sexually assaulted her at a supposed casting session at a Beverly Hills hotel room in 2002.
Faviola Dadis was emotional but composed as she spoke at a news conference in Los Angeles, becoming the latest of several women to accuse the action star of sexual misconduct.
Dadis said she had an audition with Seagal, who reached under her bikini top, grabbed her nipples and then grabbed her genitals soon after it began.
She said she promptly ended the audition and left.
"I have suffered from depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress, have found it difficult to form trusting relationships with men,"
Dadis said through tears as she read from a written statement.
She recently filed a report with police, and Los Angeles prosecutors said her case is under review. Dadis, now a 33-year-old doctoral candidate in clinical neuroscience, said she had recently moved to the U.S. from the Netherlands when a music producer introduced her to Seagal.
Attorney Lisa Bloom (C) holds a press conference with her clients Faviola Dadis (L) and Regina Simons, who are accusing actor Steven Seagal of sexual assault.
After several phone calls and text messages, Seagal invited Dadis to a hotel room in Beverly Hills for the late-night casting session for a film he planned to make about Genghis Khan, Dadis said.
Dadis brought a family friend because her mother was suspicious, but the person stayed in the lobby and she ended up in a room with only Seagal and his personal security guard.
Seagal had told her to wear a bikini or lingerie under her clothes, and had her walk around the room in the bikini before saying he wanted to test their chemistry together and started touching her, Dadis said.
"Steven sat there calmly as if nothing had happened while I was noticeably upset and terrified by the experience," she said.
"I left feeling horrified and totally violated."