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Portia de Rossi Accuses Steven Seagal of Sexual Harassment: ‘He Unzipped His Leather Pants’

Actress Portia de Rossi took to Twitter yesterday to accuse actor Steven Seagal of sexual harassment. The Arrested Development star and wife of Ellen DeGeneres shared her story of the encounter, saying the producer and actor “unzipped his leather pants.”

De Rossi explained in the tweet that she was auditioning for a role in a Steven Seagal movie in the actor’s office. She claims Seagal spoke about the importance of having “chemistry off-camera” as he sat down with her.

She tweeted: “My final audition for a Steven Segal movie took place in his office. He told me how important it was to have chemistry off-screen as he sat me down and unzipped his leather pants. I ran out and called my agent. Unfazed, she replied, ‘Well, I didn’t know if he was your type.’”

Seagal hasn’t responded to the accusation. Several celebrities have backed Portia de Rossi including her wife, comedian Ellen DeGeneres. She tweeted, “I’m proud of my wife.”

Julianna Margulies recalled an encounter with Seagal during a recent interview on Sirius XM’s Just Jenny, in which Margulies met the actor at a hotel after a female casting director told her he wanted to go over a scene. “I lived in Brooklyn,” the Good Wife actress, who was 23 at the time, remembered. “And I said, ‘Oh, I don’t do that. I don’t travel. I don’t have money for a cab.’ And I didn’t. And she says, ‘Don’t worry, we’ll reimburse you. And I’m here.’”

Margulies said when she arrived at the hotel room, Seagal was armed with a gun. “I got to the hotel around 10:40, and she wasn’t there. And he was alone and he made sure that I saw his gun, which I had never seen a gun in real life,” she continued. “I got out of there unscathed … I never was raped, and I never was harmed. I don’t know how I got out of that hotel room.”