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"Seagal Was More Than Twice My Size and More Than Twice My Age:" Steven Seagal Accused of Sexual Assault By Two Women
Faviola Dadis and Regina Simons accused Steven Seagal of sexual assault and rape in a press conference held on Monday in Los Angeles.
Steven Seagal is facing sexual assault allegations.
On March 19, Faviola Dadis, former model and aspiring actress, became the latest of several women to accuse the action star of sexual misconduct, according to NBC News.
Dadis alleges that she was 17 years old when Seagal sexually assaulted her at a supposed casting session at a Beverly Hills hotel room, back in 2002. The actor reportedly reached under her bikini topped to grab her nipples and then grabbed her genitals shortly after the audition began. She left the audition "feeling horrified and totally violated" after ending it shortly after Seagal's alleged behavior.
"Steven sat there calmly as if nothing had happened while I was noticeably upset and terrified by the experience," she said in a statement.
At the time, Dadis had recently moved to the U.S. from the Netherlands and was pursuing an acting career. A music producer introduced her to Seagal, who after a few phone calls and text messages invited her to a late-night casting session for a film he planned to make about Genghis Khan, she said. She went on to describe that Seagal told her to wear a bikini or bra and panties under her clothes and instructed her to walk around the room in the bikini before saying that he wanted to test their chemistry, and starting to touch her inappropriately.
Despite telling friends about the incident, she did not go to the authorities at the time because she was afraid of being blacklisted from the entertainment industry.
During the press conference held in Los Angeles on Monday, Davis was also joined by Regina Simons, who in January went on Megyn Kelly Today to accuse Seagal of raping her in his Beverly Hills mansion when she was 18, according to Jezebel. Seagal has denied ever knowing Simons.
Simons was invited by Seagal to his house for a wrap party for his 1994 film, "On Deadly Ground," according to the New York Daily News. But when she arrived, nobody else was there. He then allegedly led her to an adjacent room, kissed her without warning and began to take off her clothes.
"I was in shock. I was completely caught off-guard. Seagal was more than twice my size and more than twice my age. I was not sexually active and had never been naked in front of a man before. I froze," Simons said during the press conference. "I remember him taking off his robe and the next thing I knew, he was inside of me. I could not move. I felt as if I had left my body and was watching from above. I felt tears come down my face and looked away from his gaze. My eyes focused on a picture in a frame...it was (his wife at the time) Kelly LeBrock."
The Los Angeles Police Department is currently investigating Seagal after Dadis' and Simons' allegations of rape and assault, according to USA Today.
The 65-year-old actor is also facing other sexual harassment accusations from Jenny McCarthy and Portia de Rossi, among others, but his representatives have not commented on the latest news.
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