I didn’t think this was a big deal and didn’t want to say much about it, but I keep getting emails and comments making sure I know about this lawsuit against Chief Seagal. So, fair enough. Alot of people seem to be interested in my thoughts so I will address the situation here.
First of all, I will cop to being an expert on Seagal’s movies. But that doesn’t mean I have any more insights into this than anybody else. I don’t know the man and I’m not even a biographer or anything, I just analyze the movies. (And albums. And beverages.)
Also, it doesn’t really change anything. Of course I would prefer that he was a nice guy, or at least a non-sex-slaver. But my interests are in his movies. Steve McQueen did some foul shit, I wouldn’t give him a humanitarian award, but he’s still awesome in movies. That said (as Harry would say), I believe these charges are bullshit. If it just said he grabbed her boobs or something, I would probly buy it. (And I believe he’s been accused of things like that more than once over the years.) But the idea of him having Russian sex slaves in his house seems, uh, a little far-fetched.
I mean, maybe during the UNDER SIEGE days, but I don’t think his career is at that point right now. (wocka wocka)
But seriously friends. This is a hint. If you ever find out that a celebrity or non-celebrity has sex slaves in his house, you should report it to the police and have it investigated. You should not sue him over it in civil court. If somebody is is guilty of sexual assault and sex trafficking it means they get punished, it doesn’t mean you get money.
I suspect this will be immediately proven as crazy nonsense and thrown out of court. That’s why I wasn’t taking it very seriously. Unfortunately now I’m reading that the sheriff forced asked them to stop filming LAWMAN because of the accusations. The specific reasoning for this has been left up to speculation, and, saying “I informed A&E and ITTV that I did not believe at the present time in light of all of this interest and in light of the filing of this particular lawsuit and in light of the disruptive behavior that may end up existing … that I did not think it would be in our best interest to continue filming at the present time.”
I’m confused though because the original press release announcing a second season of LAWMAN implied that it had already been shot during Mardi Gras.
There are already details coming out that make the accuser look bad, but I won’t get into those because I guess if she was for real there would be a smear campaign against her to make her seem unreliable.
Hopefully he’s innocent, will be proven so, and the show (and whatever movies he’s working on) won’t have too much of an interruption. But we’ll see.
VERN has a new action-horror novel out called WORM ON A HOOK! He has been reviewing movies since 1999 and is the author of the film criticism books Seagalogy: A Study of the Ass-Kicking Films of Steven Seagal and Yippee Ki-Yay Moviegoer!: Writings on Bruce Willis, Badass Cinema and Other Important Topics as well as the crime novel Niketown.