Regina Simons, one of the women who accused Steven Seagal of sexual assault, spoke out about her encounter with Seagal in an interview on Megyn Kelly Today on Friday.
Simons first met Seagal in 1993, when she was 18 and he was in his 40s and married to model Kelly Le Brock. After acting as an extra for one of Seagal’s films, Simons claims the actor invited her to the film’s wrap party, which she attended in hopes of networking.
“He let me in through the gate, and he was standing at the doorway. Immediately I asked him where everyone else was for this wrap party, and he said that everyone had left and he said he wanted to show me something,” Simons told Kelly, then adding that he led her to “what seemed like a bedroom.”
Soon after, Simons said that the actor began assaulting her. “Then [he] closed the door and tried to kiss me and took my clothes off and, before I knew it, he was on top of me and I couldn’t move. I just completely froze … even felt like I left my body,” Simons said as she fought back tears.
Though time seemed to pass quickly during the encounter, Simons explained that she recalled gazing at a table or nightstand where a photograph of Seagal and “the lady from Weird Science” was placed. Simons was unaware that the familiar-looking woman was Seagal’s wife, LeBrock.
“I remember just staring at that picture and wanting him to stop,” Simons said. “I know what consent is and that definitely was not consensual. There was no asking me if this was okay. It just was very predatory, very aggressive and traumatizing.”
Simons has reported the incident to the LAPD and Beverly Hills police department, and they confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that they opened an investigation into a sexual assault accusation against the actor.
Though a traumatizing experience, Simons pleads for the actor to simply give “acknowledgement” of his action. “For me, I know this type of behavior and abuse continues in silence which is why I came forward. To call out my abuser and let him know that this is not okay and hopefully there could be some change in there … Let abusers know that this is not okay.”
Multiple women, including Jenny McCarthy and Portia de Rossi have come forward and alleged they were sexually harassed or assaulted by the Under Siege actor.
Simons first spoke to The Wrap regarding her accusations against the actor. Seagal has not returned a request for comment.