Despite being someone whose name is often prefaced by the words “What ever happened to,” Steven Seagal apparently still books interviews. And his most recent TV appearance was on yesterday’s episode of BBC Newsnight. Little did BBC Newsnight know that they were about to make the news themselves after they addressed elephant in the room, and I’m not talking about Steven’s spray-on action figure villain hairline.
The interview between Steven and BBC Newsnight reporter Kirsty Wark started off normally, but People notes that it went off the rails very quickly after she brought up his most recent (and arguably, relevant) appearance in the news. Over the past year, Steven’s name was pulled into several #MeToo conversations. Portia de Rossi alleged that Steven had once unzipped his pants during an audition to see if they had “chemistry.” Julianna Margulies alleged that Steven once asked her to come to his place and go over a scene at 10:40pm at night, where she discovered him alone with a gun. Jenny McCarthy alleged that Steven once asked to see her breasts during an audition, and when she declined and left, he cornered her at her car and told her not to tell anyone “or else.” Inside Edition’s Lisa Guerrero has alleged that Steven once asked her to his home for an audition, where he greeted her wearing only a silk robe, then requested she return later for a “private” audition (she had brought a female casting employee with her as a safety net).
And then earlier this year, Steven was investigated by the LAPD after a woman named Regina Simons claimed he raped her when she was 18 during the filming of On Deadly Ground. Due to the statute of limitations, Steven couldn’t be prosecuted.
When Kirsty asked him about his rape allegation and sexual assault allegations (around the 0:13 mark), Steven didn’t even give the standard “Okay, we’re done here.” He just got up and left.
This is the moment Steven Seagal walks out on a #newsnight interview over questioning about #metoo allegations, which he denies.@sseagalofficial | @KirstyWark | @BBCTwo | #newsnight pic.twitter.com/Lr6mE3th4F
— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) October 4, 2018
You’d think someone who has trained for years in the martial arts would be able to get out of a earpiece with a little more grace and swiftness (I call that move The Awkward Creep).
Kirsty mentions that while Steven didn’t have any more to say after his little hissy fit, he has previously stated that he denies all allegations against him. Obviously Steven has faced a buffet of allegations ranging from gross to downright awful. So you’d think he might have an answer prepared in the event someone were to ask him about it all, but apparently he does not. Steven’s answer was to run as fast as his body will carry him. Maybe that’s why he’s always wearing those silk jackets? Less wind-resistance.
Pic: BBC Newsnight