AceShowbiz - The Los Angeles Police Department has opened an investigation into allegations of a 2005 sexual assault by Steven Seagal. "There is an open investigation," a spokesperson for the LAPD confirmed on Friday, January 12.
Other details, including the name of the victim, are not provided. The news comes after two women told TheWrap that they had recently filed reports with the LAPD accusing the actor of sexual misconduct in two separate occasions.
Regina Simons said she was raped by Seagal when she was 18. She was an extra on Seagal's 1994 film "On Deadly Ground" and she was invited to a supposed wrap party at his Beverly Hills home. But when she arrived, he was the only one there.
"He took me into this room and then just closed the door and started kissing me," she recounted. "He then took my clothes off and before I knew it he was on top of me, raping me... I wasn't sexually active yet. People always talk about fight-or-flight. But no one talks about the freeze."
She went on sharing, "I was crying when he was on top of me. Even now, my 43-year-old mind knows how to process this and understand what a loving relationship is and what consensual sex is. And there was none of that."
Faviola Dadis, a former model, was another woman who had filed reports to the police. She claimed Seagal groped her during an audition at a hotel room in 2002.
Seagal has not responded to the allegations. His son, actor and model Kentaro Seagal, told TheWrap he did not know how to reach his father.
Previously, several actresses, Katherine Heigl, Portia de Rossi and Julianna Margulies, shared similar stories about the 65-year-old actor's alleged inappropriate behaviors. Journalist Lisa Guerrero recalled she went to an audition for Seagal's movie "Fire Down Below" at his house in 1996. He allegedly answered the door in a silk robe.
Later that day, her manager called her saying that Seagal wanted to offer her the lead, but she'd "have to go back to his home for a private rehearsal tonight." Guerrero didn't come back to his home and she didn't get the lead. She was eventually given a smaller part in the movie.
Actress Rae Dawn Chong also revealed that she was called to a private audition with Seagal at the Bel Air Hotel in the 1980s, where he also answered the door in his bathrobe. Chong said Seagal sat in a chair and "manspread so I could see his junk. But he casually covered back up as if it was a mistake." Chong said she left quickly after he asked her if he could touch her silk shirt. Chong additionally claimed that he left "sex messages" on her machine.