Steven Seagal’s ex personal assistant, Kayden Nguyen, has leveled stunning allegations of sexual harassment against the movie star, who is best known for his roles in movies like Under Siege and Driven to Kill.
Nguyen, a 23-year-old model, got a job as Seagal’s executive assistant by answering a Craigslist ad. Her new boss flew her from Los Angeles to New Orleans, where Seagal has been filming a reality show for A&E about his stint as a Reserve Deputy Chief for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. According to Nguyen’s allegations, Seagal had been keeping two Russian women on staff whose sole purpose was to service his sexual needs. Seagal allegedly assaulted his new assistant on her very first night on the job by “pushing his hands against her shirt and attempting to fondle her bare breast,” according to the celebrity site RadarOnline.com.
The following morning, Seagal allegedly took the assault a step further, forcing Nguyen’s legs apart and violating her. Later, Seagal made a third pass at Nguyen. After lifting up her dress, “he forced his head on her bare chest and attempted to suck her breasts and nipples.” Nguyen escaped from the house on February 28, 2010. The suit also alleges that Seagal forced her to watch him engage in sexual relations with one of his Russian helpers, “Sasha.”
Nguyen is suing her former boss for one million dollars. If the allegations of sexual harassment are even partially true, this tabloid story could become bigger news in the coming weeks, especially given the outrageousness of the claims.
The Courage to Call Out Sexual Harassment, Gender Discrimination, or Retaliation
Victims of sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and retaliation often stay silent for days or even months after the assault or bad behavior. Why? The answer depends. Often, a mix of nervousness, respect, and confusion undermines motivation to stop/report the problems. In retrospect, certain behaviors can be seen as illegal and despicable. But when you’re in the thick of having to deal with bizarre employer requests, it can be daunting to know what to do.
Fortunately, help is out there. The experienced team here at Joseph & Kirschenbaum can help you develop a strategy for suing a current or former employer for harassment, discrimination, or retaliation against you for making allegations. Call our team today at (212) 688-5640, or learn more about us on the web at www.jhllp.com.