AFP NEW YORK (AFP-Jiji) — U.S. action movie actor Steven Seagal and comedian Louis C.K. were the latest stars in the crosshairs of mounting sexual misconduct allegations on Thursday, following the downfall of Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey.
Portia de Rossi, the Arrested Development actress and wife of chat queen Ellen DeGeneres, accused the former martial arts expert and blues musician over an undated audition for a Seagal movie 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,” the Australian-born actress tweeted late Wednesday.
“I ran out and called my agent. Unfazed, she replied, ‘well, I didn’t know if he was your type.’”
DeGeneres retweeted the post to her more than 75 million followers saying: “I’m proud of my wife.”
Seagal’s representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
In a New York Times expose published on Thursday, five women accused comedian Louis C.K. of masturbating or asking to masturbate in front of them or on the telephone in separate incidents dating from the late 1990s all the way to 2005.
On Thursday, the premiere of his new movie “I Love You, Daddy,” was abruptly canceled, and the award-winner canceled an appearance on CBS comedy chat show “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” the Times reported.
C.K.’s publicist, Lewis Kay, told the paper that the comedian would not respond.
“Louis is not going to answer any questions,” he was quoted as having emailed.