Two women who had previously accused actor/producer Steven Seagal of sexual assault and rape provided details of the alleged sexual misconduct at a press conference. Former aspiring actress Regina Simons and Dutch model Faviola Dadis are both represented by lawyer Lisa Bloom, who stressed that both women have “all legal options” after filing reports with the Los Angeles Police Department.
Bloom said, “Steven Seagal may be a big action star.” She continued, “But it’s Faviola and Regina who are taking action now.”
Simons revealed that Seagal invited her to a wrap party at his house following her completion of work as an extra for the 1994 environmental action-adventure film On Deadly Ground and allegedly raped her.
Simmon, who was 18-year-old at the time of the alleged sexual encounter, recalled, “I was completely caught off guard. Seagal was more than twice my size and twice my age. I was not sexually active, nor had I ever been naked in front of a man before. I froze.”
She said, “I remember him taking off his robe, and the next thing I knew he was inside of me. There was nothing consensual about this.” Simons said that she quickly dressed up and drove away with tears in her eyes after she was raped.
“This completely changed the trajectory of my life,”she said. “I found it difficult to eat or sleep. I struggled to form healthy relationships.” Simons said that the female-led #MeToo movement encouraged her to share her own story.
“For the first time in 25 years I’ve allowed myself to process what happened and work through the pain,” she added. “I pray that my abuser can also heal. I want him to be aware, I want him to acknowledge what happened and apologize.”
While Dadis said that she has filed a police complaint about the actor in the last month, she went on to say that during an audition back in 2002, Seagal groped her.