A lady on Monday stated she was a 17-year-old mannequin and aspiring actress when Steven Seagal sexually assaulted her at a supposed casting session at a Beverly Hills resort room in 2002.
Faviola Dadis was emotional however composed as she spoke at a information convention in Los Angeles, changing into the most recent of a number of girls to accuse the motion star of sexual misconduct.
Dadis stated Seagal reached below her bikini high, grabbed her nipples after which grabbed her genitals quickly after the audition started. She stated she promptly ended the audition and left deeply shaken.
“I’ve suffered from despair, nervousness and post-traumatic stress, have discovered it troublesome to kind trusting relationships with males,” Dadis stated via tears as she learn from a written assertion.
She just lately filed a report with police, and Los Angeles prosecutors stated Monday that her case is below evaluate.
Dadis spoke at the information convention alongside her lawyer, Lisa Bloom, and one other lady, Regina Simons, who stated Seagal sexually assaulted her in 1995 when she was 18, allegations she beforehand made on NBC’s “Megyn Kelly Today” in January.
Seagal’s lawyer Anthony Falangetti stated the actor adamantly denies the allegations.
“These claims by the 2 girls who spoke right now are fully fictitious and completely made up,” Falangetti instructed The Associated Press in a telephone interview later Monday.
He stated it was implausible that both lady ended up unaccompanied with Seagal within the methods they stated they have been.
“Neither considered one of their accounts is at all plausible,” Falangetti stated.
Dadis, now a 33-year-old doctoral candidate in medical neuroscience, stated she had just lately moved to the U.S. from the Netherlands when a music producer launched her to Seagal. After a number of telephone calls and textual content messages, Seagal invited Dadis to a resort room in Beverly Hills for the late-night casting session for a movie he deliberate to make about Genghis Khan, Dadis stated.
Dadis introduced a household buddy as a result of her mom was suspicious, however the individual stayed within the foyer and he or she ended up in a room with solely Seagal and his private safety guard.
Seagal had instructed her to put on a bikini or bra and panties below her garments, and had her stroll across the room within the bikini earlier than saying he wished to check their chemistry collectively and began touching her, Dadis stated.
“Steven sat there calmly as if nothing had occurred whereas I used to be noticeably upset and terrified by the expertise,” she stated. “I left feeling horrified and completely violated.”
She stated she instructed mates after a few month, however didn’t go to authorities at the time as a result of she feared being blacklisted within the leisure trade. She stated Seagal later known as her, however she by no means accepted the calls.
Dadis stated she was impressed by the latest wave of experiences of sexual misconduct by males within the leisure trade, and was spurred to return ahead particularly by actress Portia de Rossi saying Seagal as soon as unzipped his pants throughout an audition with her.
Actress Jenny McCarthy has additionally stated Seagal sexually harassed her at an audition in 1995.
Seagal has denied the actresses’ allegations.
Dadis and Simons’ allegations have been first reported by TheWrap.