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Portia De Rossi says Steven Seagal "unzipped his leather pants" during a private audition with her

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Actress Portia De Rossi has added her name to the pile of women who have accused Steven Seagal of sexist, inappropriate, or harassing behavior toward them over the years, often in an audition or other professional capacity. De Rossi tweeted about her experience with Seagal today, describing a private “final audition” for a part with the actor, which promptly ended when Seagal declared the importance of “chemistry” between a film’s leads, and then unzipped his leather pants.


De Rossi’s accounts join those from a number of other actresses, including Lisa Guerrero, Julianna Margulies, and Katherine Heigl, who was only 16 when Seagal made inappropriate comments to her on the set of Under Siege 2. It also points to an increasingly clear picture of a Hollywood system willing to turn a blind eye toward placing young women in situations where these kinds of incidents were likely, if not explicitly invited, to occur.

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