"Die Another Day" star Rachel Grant has added her name to a list of accusers of action star Steven Seagal, who is now under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department. In an interview with BBC, Grant accused Seagal of sexual assault in an encounter she says ended up getting her cut from the film "Out For A Kill." On Monday, BBC published Seagal's vehement denial of all allegations.
After multiple women accused Seagal of sexual misconduct, including Regina Simmons, Portia de Rossi, Rae Dawn Chong and Jenny McCarthy, CBS News confirmed Saturday that the LAPD has opened an investigation into a sexual assault claim against Seagal that is alleged to have occurred in 2005, though the department would provide no further details.
In an interview with BBC, Grant described an encounter with Seagal she said occurred during a rehearsal for "Out For A Kill" in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2002, when she was 26 and Seagal was 50. The British actress told BBC that she was flown in to rehearse lines with Seagal in September 2002. The two met, along with the film's director (Michael Oblowitz), at Segal's hotel suite.
When the director left the two alone, Grant says Seagal turned what was supposed to be a professional meeting into a "horrible" sexual encounter. Grant claims that Seagal asked her several times to take off her top, but she refused.
"I stood up to try to distract him. But he was able to tug down my top, which was strapless. My breasts were completely exposed and I was forced to cover myself," she told BBC. "He pushed me on to the bed with force. Then he said, 'I suppose you want to see my private parts' - though he used a different word. I was looking up and he started to pull down his zipper."
Grant says she then "burst into tears," at which point Seagal stopped and apologized, saying that he liked to have relationships with actresses to improve "on-screen chemistry" with them.
On Monday, BBC published a response from a representative for Seagal, who "vehemently denies" all allegations of sexual assault and the entirety of Grant's claims.
"Our client denies having such contact with Ms Grant and further vehemently denies any alleged assault at all, in particular, the alleged assault occurring in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 2002," Seagal's representative told BBC.
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