Steven Seagal Sued for Sex Trafficking, Assault

Action film star Steven Seagal is being sued by a former assistant Kayden Nguyen for the kind of action he was getting off the screen. She claims he sexually assaulted her multiple times, lied to her about the nature of the job he hired her for, and trafficked young women in from Russia whom he forced to serve his every sexual need. Looks like Mr. Seagal might be the one under siege this time around.

In the suit, Nguyen claims that she answered a Craigslist ad seeking an “executive assistant” for the film star while he shot a televisions series “Steven Seagal: Lawman” in New Orleans. Is it just me, or is anyone else wondering why someone with Seagal’s resources and name recognition has to advertise for an assistant on Craigslist? Sketchy. Regardless, Nguyen was excited when she landed the job, packed her bags, and jumped on a plane to New Orleans. The first red flag, she said, was that almost immediately upon her arrival in the city, Seagal told her his wife “wouldn’t mind if we had a sexual relationship.” Uh oh.

Then it got worse when she met Seagal’s “attendants.” The star had flown in two young women from Russia, who were “on-call” 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to have sex with the star whenever he wanted. While the lawsuit indicates those women were trafficking victims, they haven’t made a formal complaint, and it’s not yet known whether or not they were free to leave Seagal’s service. Nguyen, it turned out, was not. While she surely expected to be put to work as an executive assistant, she was instead driven to a secluded house where Seagal sexually assaulted her. She pushed him away, and complained to some more senior employees the next day. But the assaults kept happening. At one point, Seagal confessed that one of his “attendants” had recently left (escaped?), and that she had really been hired to fill that role. The ordeal went on for days, until Nguyen fled the city, saying family members were waiting for her and would be worried if she didn’t show up. Seagal allegedly chased her to the cab she left in with a gun and a flashlight, trying to prevent her from leaving.

So far, there is no word as to why Nguyen has only filed a civil lawsuit and has not pressed criminal charges. All of the activities described in the suit — sexual assault, human trafficking, sexual harassment, lying about employment conditions — are illegal under criminal laws. Seagal’s lawyer claims the suit is “ridiculous and absurd” and describes Nguyen as an ex-employee who was angry about being fired. If that’s the case, she’s an ex-employee with a really good understanding of what sex trafficking often looks like, to have been able to fabricate it so well.

If these allegations pan out, then Steven Segal would be the first American celebrity of his magnitude to be caught actually trafficking women for sex. Celebrities have been caught raping minors (Kobe Bryant, Roman Polanski) and promoting products made by slaves (Tiger Woods), but not yet to my knowledge actually employing women who are on 24-hour-a-day sexual service duty. And I’m not exactly sure what categories chasing an employee you are trying to turn into a concubine with a gun when she tries to flee your presence fits into. But it’s criminal.

And sorry, Mr. Seagal. Even action stars like you aren’t above the law.

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  1. What law did Seagal violate?

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