After de Rossi spoke up about her alleged encounter, her wife, Ellen DeGeneres, tweeted: "I'm proud of my wife". As the culture shifts and more people are feeling emboldened to speak out about alleged bad behavior, a flood of names has joined that list-including, now, Steven Seagal.
The former Scandal actress said Seagal made the shocking move to find out if they had any chemistry. And I got out of there unscathed...
Last week, Julianna Margulies said she was sexually harassed by the actor, who intimidated her by showing her his gun in a hotel room.
Another actor, Lisa Guerrero, alleges that Seagal once conducted a 1996 audition with her for the film Fire Down Below while wearing only a silk robe.
"I ran out and called my agent".
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"He told me how important it was to have chemistry off-screen as he sat me down and unzipped his leather trousers", de Rossi tweeted. After she refused and ran to her vehicle, McCarthy said he followed her outside and told her not to tell anyone "or else". Unfazed, she replied, "well, I did not know if he was your type".
Speaking on a United States radio show, she said: "When I was 23, a casting director, a woman, said, "Steven Seagal wants to go over the scene with you in his hotel room at 10 o'clock at night". The part was hers, but she had to go back to Seagal's home for a private rehearsal. "Finally he approached me and asked, 'Would you like to go into my dressing room?'" she recalled. "I said, 'isn't that illegal?" It always starts with 'I'm a healer.
A representative for Steven Seagal has been contacted for comment.
Actress-turned-journalist Lisa Guerrero also claimed that Seagal almost assaulted her.
Several other women have come forward to accuse Mr Seagal of inappropriate behaviour and harassment, including the Good Wife actress Julianna Margulies and model Jenny McCarthy.