A second woman has come forward accusing Steven Seagal of sexually assaulting her during an audition, claiming the actor fondled her breasts and grabbed her crotch.
In an Instagram post Friday, Dutch model Faviola Dadis said she met the actor around 2002 while auditioning for an epic about Genghis Khan, the founder of the Mongol Empire. (The movie was never made).
“I thought it would be my big break into acting,” Dadis told TheWrap. “I grew up watching his movies, it was a big deal.”
Dadis said that after two call backs, she was invited to a “private audition” at the W Hotel in Beverly Hills. She said she was told to wear a bikini under her clothes so that Seagal and his team could evaluate her figure and was promised that a PA and a casting director would be present.
But when she got to the hotel room, Seagal and his security guard were the only ones there.
“Steven is an imposing man and his security guard was even bigger than him. So when his assistant excused himself and left, I thought it was weird.”
Dadis said Seagal asked her to take off her clothes and walk through the room in her bikini. He then approached her and said he wanted to act out a “romantic scene.”
“I expressed that I was uncomfortable with that especially since I was in my bikini,” she said. “And then he started pinching my nipples and grabbing my crotch area with his other hand. I quickly yelled ‘This audition is over!’”
She said she tried to run out of the room but was blocked by Seagal’s security guard. “I began yelling: ‘I need to leave right now this is B.S. I need to leave right now!’ He motioned to his security guard to let me go and I ran out.”
A representative for Seagal did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“He reached out to me a couple of days later as if nothing had happened,” she said.
TheWrap spoke to Dadis’ mother and her ex-boyfriend, who both corroborated her account.
Dadis says she never reported the incident fearing retribution. “It took me years to get over my PTSD,” she said.
Dadis is the second woman to accuse Seagal of sexual misconduct. Earlier on Wednesday, actress Portia de Rossi wrote on Twitter that Seagal previously “unzipped” his pants during an audition with her.
“My final audition for a Steven Seagal movie took place in his office,” she wrote. “He told me how important it was to have chemistry off-screen as he sat me down and unzipped his leather pants.”
The “Ally McBeal” alum, who is married to Ellen DeGeneres, said this led her to run out of the office and call her agent.
“Unfazed, she replied, ‘Well, I didn’t know if he was your type,’” de Rossi said about her agent.
This follows actress Julianna Margulies telling a radio show host last week about a “horrific” encounter with Seagal from years ago that involved the actor’s gun.
In light of the allegations by #PortiadeRossi, I want to speak up about something I should have years ago. When I was 20 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. If any of my friends have ideas regarding a way to get this to the appropriate people, please let me know. This was unfortunately not the last time I experienced this type of behavior from men, and it is completely unacceptable. @hollywoodreporter