Steven Seagal accused by 2 women of rape and sexual assault

PHOTO: In this file photo actor Steven Seagal attends the SMASH Global V pre-Oscar fight at Taglyan Complex, Feb. 23, 2017, in Los Angeles.PlayPaul Archuleta/Getty Images, FILE
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Two women have come forward to accuse action star Steven Seagal of sexual assault and rape.

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Regina Simons and Faviola Dadis made the allegations during a press conference alongside their attorney Lisa Bloom. The women have also filed a police report with the Los Angeles Police Department, according to Bloom.

The women first went public with their accusations in a story by The Wrap.

Responding to the accusations from them and others, Seagal told "InfoWars" that women have "lied and been paid to lie about me without any evidence, any proof, any witnesses."

"This is just a complete tragedy," he told host Alex Jones.

"This isn’t just me but hundreds of people around the world," he said, adding that "many of those people are completely innocent."

He also said "40 percent of these claims are false."

Reps for the actor did not respond immediately to ABC News' request for comment.

PHOTO: Steven Seagal in a scene from On Deadly Ground, 1994. IMDB
Steven Seagal in a scene from "On Deadly Ground," 1994.

At the press conference earlier, Simons said she first met Seagal when she was in her late teens and cast in his 1994 film "On Deadly Ground." She said he invited her to the wrap party at his home, but when she showed up, no one else was there.

Instead, she said, he led her to an adjacent room, which appeared to be a bedroom, and closed the door behind him. She said he then came up behind her and began kissing her and taking off her clothes.

"I was in shock and I was completely caught off guard," she said. "Seagal was more than twice my size and twice my age. I was not sexually active. I froze."

She said he proceeded to have intercourse with her. "There was nothing consensual about this," she said. "I couldn’t move. And I felt as if I was watching my body from above. I felt tears coming down my face."

She said she focused on a picture of a woman from across the room. It was Kelly LeBrock, Seagal's wife at the time.

After the encounter, Simons said Seagal asked her if she needed any money. She said she replied no and ran out of the house, never speaking to the actor again.

"Although it has not been easy, I am healing," Simons said, crediting the #MeToo movement for helping her come forward. "For the first time in 25 years, I’ve allowed myself to process what happened and work through the pain. I pray that my abuser can also heal. I want him to be aware. I want him to acknowledge what happened. And apologize."

PHOTO: Attorney Lisa Bloom (C) holds a press conference with her clients Faviola Dadis (L) and Regina Simons, who are accusing actor Steven Seagal of sexual assault, at The Bloom Firm, March 19, 2018, in Woodland Hills, Calif Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
Attorney Lisa Bloom (C) holds a press conference with her clients Faviola Dadis (L) and Regina Simons, who are accusing actor Steven Seagal of sexual assault, at The Bloom Firm, March 19, 2018, in Woodland Hills, Calif

Dadis said she also wants Seagal held accountable after accusing him of sexual assault. The former model, who is originally from Amsterdam, said she met the actor in 2002 when he was casting for a film on Genghis Khan. She was only 17 at the time.

After two other auditions, in which other people were around, Dadis said she was invited to a private audition at the W Hotel and asked to wear a bikini under her clothes so that Seagal could make sure she had the right look for the part.

Dadis said she was surprised to find that there were no other people in the hotel room beside Seagal and his bodyguard. When Seagal asked her to do a catwalk in her bikini, she said she told the actor that she was uncomfortable.

"However, instead of respecting my boundaries, Steven slipped his hand underneath my bikini top and began pinching my nipples," she recalled, "and simultaneously slid his hand across my vaginal area."

Dadis said she quickly yelled that the audition was over and began gathering her things. "Steven sat there calmly as if nothing had happened while I was noticeably upset and terrified by the experience," she said.

She added that his security guard stood blocking the door and only moved once Seagal motioned him to.

"I left feeling horrified and totally violated," she said.

After years of therapy and suffering from "depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress," Dadis said she broke her silence after Portia de Rossi came forward with an allegation of sexual harassment against Seagal in November.

The actress who is married to Ellen DeGeneres tweeted that Seagal unzipped his pants during an audition with her.

Following de Rossi's tweet, Dadis, who is finishing up her Ph.D. in clinical neuroscience, posted about her alleged incident on Instagram.

In light of the allegations by #PortiadeRossi, I want to speak up about something I should have years ago. When I was younger I was auditioning for a movie with #StevenSeagal and was sexually assaulted by him. During all our initial interactions, there was a production assistant or casting director present along with Steven. We established a relationship via text, and bonded about similar interests like Buddhism. After 2 callbacks (during the day and always with others present), I was invited for a private audition at the W Hotel late in the evening. Steven said the audition was to see my figure. I was told to wear a bikini under my clothes, and that the PA and casting director would also be there. As this is quite standard in the modeling industry, I agreed to the audition. I was escorted to the room by Steven’s personal assistant. I assumed the PA and casting director were already in the room, but when I arrived no one was there but Steven and his security who stood blocking the door. I noted this was a bit strange, but he apologized and explained they had other obligations. Steven asked if I would take off my clothes and walk for him in my bikini. After doing so (he was on the couch and I was at a far enough distance to do a catwalk for him), he approached me and said he wanted to act out a romantic scene. I was hesitant and expressed this, then he started fondling my breasts and grabbing my crotch. I quickly yelled “This audition is over!”, and tried to run out of the room but was blocked by his security. I started making a noticeable amount of noise, and his security realized I would alert someone,and let me leave. I never reported this to anyone out of fear that someone like Steven, with such a huge amount of power, influence, and money would easily win a legal battle; and furthermore that I would damage my career. However, as others are now speaking out against Steven, I would like to do the same. This was unfortunately not the last time I experienced this type of behavior from men, and it is completely unacceptable.

A post shared by Faviola Dadis (@neurosciencebarbie) on Nov 9, 2017 at 2:52pm PST

Both Dadis and Simons said they came forward on their own and are not seeking fame or money. Bloom also called Seagal's claim that women have been paid to lie "ridiculous."

"I am representing them pro bono because I believe in them. And neither of them has asked him for a dime," Bloom said of Dadis and Simons. "Listen carefully Mr. Seagal, some things are more important than money."

Bloom said the two women have not filed a lawsuit, although all legal options remain open. She said in Dadis' case the statute of limitations is extended for a minor. Prosecutors can also decide to file criminal charges within a year after a police report has been filed. Both women filed police reports within the last two months.

"We will see this through to the end," Bloom said. "Steven Seagal may be a big action star, but it is Faviola and Regina who are taking action now."

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