Actor Eva LaRue, who starred in “All My Children” and “CSI: Miami,” accused Steven Seagal of sexually harassing her during an audition she now believes was a set up.
LaRue said Seagal locked her in a room at his home in 1990 and opened his kimono to reveal he was wearing nothing but his underwear, Deadline reported.
She joins several other women, including Portia de Rossi and Julianna Margulies, who have come forward with their own allegations against the “Under Siege” actor, who has faced accusations dating back decades.
LaRue, who was 22 at the time, said she voiced her concernd when an agent arranged an audition for her at Seagal’s home.
But he reassured her that Seagal hadn’t secured a studio office yet, adding that two producers, as well as a casting director, would be present.
LaRue said everything appeared legitimate at the time – there were indeed three others present at the meeting, and they talked about the plot and character of the upcoming film.
But 27 years later, LaRue thinks she was set up, and that the movie didn’t even exist.
Portia de Rossi arrives at the 2014 Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
Seagal eventually got up and asked LaRue to follow him so they could retrieve the script elsewhere in the house, she recounted.
He led her to a room, told her to have a seat on the couch, and locked the doors behind her, LaRue said.
“I go to sit on the couch and he comes towards me and he’s opening his weirdo kimono. There’s no script or anything. Just him standing there with his kimono open,” she said.
“He had underwear on, thank God, and he was bare everywhere else. And it was clear he was not just getting cozy,” said LaRue.
She jumped up and fumbled with the lock, making excuses while he pleaded for her to stay and have a drink with him, she recounted.
LaRue said she eventually bolted out of the house, and later called her agent, who she claims was in on what happened.
Julianna Margulies attends the TIME 100 Gala at the Time Warner Center in 2015.
“All these agents back then knew what was going on for ages. Thanks for not telling us. Everybody knew but us actors. But nobody followed up or anything,” LaRue said.
Jenny McCarthy said Seagal told her to take off her dress during an audition before he unzipped his own pants.
De Rossi shared her account on Twitter, writing that Seagal told her “how important it is to have chemistry off set” as he unzipped his leather pants during an audition. Like LaRue, de Rossi said her agent was unfazed when she relayed what happened.
Margulies, who did not go into specific details about what happened during a hotel meeting with Seagal, said he was armed with a gun.
“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,” Margulies said. “It always starts with, ‘I’m a healer, I want to massage you.’ I sort of squirmed my way out.”