"Lawman" Hit With Civil Lawsuit

[Trigger warning.]

A few people have emailed me about "Lawman" Steven Seagal being accused in a civil lawsuit of "sexual harassment in violation of federal labor laws; illegal sex trafficking; retaliation; wrongful termination; and false representations about employment."

I won't recount the details; they are at the link if you are so inclined, and I direct you with a trigger warning, though MSNBC's coverage is less graphic than other coverage I've read, some of which repeats the specifics of the sexual assaults alleged in the suit.

I don't want to say a lot about this case, because, to be perfectly frank, I think Seagal is a racist dirtbag, and my visceral dislike of him makes me uninclined to be fair.

But I will note that MSNBC reports: "It was not clear why Kayden Nguyen chose to file a civil lawsuit instead of a criminal complaint. Messages left with her lawyers were not immediately returned Monday." As if it's some kind of mystery.

As the alleged assaults took place in New Orleans, where Seagal is shooting "Lawman," the A&E series which follows his stint as part of the New Orleans police force, and Nguyen made a criminal complaint, the same force of which Seagal's a member would have jurisdiction over the case. Aside from the inherent conflict of interest, literally having to report a cop to his coworkers is daunting.

It sounds to me like Nguyen got the hell out of there, flew home (she's from Los Angeles), and then contacted an attorney. Which is the same thing I'd do in the reported circumstances.

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