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The moment happened when host Kirsty Wark said to the actor, “In terms of your life in America, you’ve been very much caught up in allegations of sexual harassment. You had a rape allegation against you and I wonder how you deal with all that.” Seagal then pulled his earpiece off and wordlessly left the chair where he was conducting the interview; he forgot to take the microphone off, and offscreen someone can be heard helping him remove it.
“Hello, Steven Seagal?” Wark responded, before pivoting immediately into a report: “Seagal there, and of course though he didn’t respond there, he has said previously that he denies any allegation made against him.”
In September, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office declined to prosecute a sex crimes case involving Seagal, an alleged sexual assault that took place in 1993, because the statute of limitations had passed. Inside Edition correspondent Lisa Guerrero recalled an audition where Seagal was wearing only a silk kimono, and being asked to attend a “private rehearsal” with him. Regina Simons says the actor sexually assaulted her at a wrap party for one of his films, in which she was an extra.
Later on Thursday, Guerrero responded to the BBC’s tweet about the incident, writing on Twitter, “This is SO GREAT! As one of the dozen women who have shared our #MeToo stories about @sseagalofficial , Thank you @BBCNewsnight @BBC and @KirstyWark for asking him about it. Very telling that he that he ran away… #TimesUp.”
Watch Seagal’s Newsnight appearance, below.
This is the moment Steven Seagal walks out on a #newsnight interview over questioning about #metoo allegations, which he denies.@sseagalofficial | @KirstyWark | @BBCTwo | #newsnight pic.twitter.com/Lr6mE3th4F
— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) October 4, 2018
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