Rep: Steven Seagal Denies Jenny McCarthy’s Casting Couch Claim
First Published: October 14, 2010 8:42 PM EDT Credit: Getty Images
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Just months after the dismissal of a $1 million sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former assistant against Steven Seagal, a past harassment allegation from Jenny McCarthy resurfaced for an enterprise piece worked on by Access Hollywood – a claim that a spokesperson for the action star has denied.
In an investigative segment this week by Access on “The Hollywood Casting Couch,” Access revisited a 1998 Moveline interview in which McCarthy claims Seagal asked her to undress during an audition for “Under Siege 2.” A rep for Seagal denied the actress’ claim.
According to a spokesperson for Seagal, “Warner Brothers casting for the film ‘Under Siege 2’ has confirmed that Jenny McCarthy never auditioned for a role on ‘Under Siege 2.’ Her claim is completely false.”
The statement made by Seagal’s rep is referring to McCarthy’s allegations she made during an interview with Movieline in 1998.
“I went to the audition for ‘Under Siege 2’ with, like, 15 other Jenny McCarthys. These girls came in and out of his office and I was last. Steven comes out and goes, ‘Hmm, so you’re last.’ I’m thinking, ‘Shouldn’t a casting person be doing this?’ I go inside his carpet, which has shag carpet and this huge couch, and he’s by himself and says, ‘Sit on the couch.’ I have my [script pages] and I say, ‘OK, I’m ready,’ but he says, ‘No, I want to find out about you.’ I knew what was coming. He goes, ‘So, you were Playmate of the Year,’” McCarthy told Movieline at the time.
“I was wearing this very baggy dress, which I always wear to auditions, with my hair pulled back. I’m listening to him go on and on about how he found his soul in Asia and is one with himself and whatever. When I said, ‘Well, I’m ready to read,’ he said, ‘Stand up, you have to be kind of sexy in the movie and in that dress, I can’t tell.’ I stand up and he goes, ‘Take off your dress.’ I said, ‘What?’ and he said, ‘There’s nudity.’ I said, ‘No, there’s not, or I wouldn’t be here right now.’ He said again, ‘There’s nudity,’ and I said, ‘The pages are right in front of me. There’s no nudity.’ He goes, ‘Take off your dress.’ I just started crying and said, ‘Rent my [Playboy] video, you a**hole!’ and ran out to the car,” the actress claimed in the interview.
McCarthy went to claim that the incident didn’t end in the office.
“I’m closing my car door and he grabs me and says, ‘Don’t you ever tell anybody.’ He won’t sue me or say anything because he knows it’s true. If I saw him today, I would still say, ‘You’re a f***ing a**hole and I really hope you change your ways,’” McCarthy concluded.
During the same year, McCarthy spoke to then Access Hollywood correspondent Jeff Probst, who asked about her claims against Seagal.
“Everything is true and um, if I can spread the word for other girls and kind of warn them, then so be it,” she said at the time.
Access Hollywood has reached out to McCarthy’s rep for comment on Seagal’s rep’s denial but has yet to hear back.
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