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Steven Seagal sued for sexual assault

Steven Seagal
Seagal currently stars in his own reality TV show

Movie actor Steven Seagal is facing legal action from a former personal assistant who claims he sexually abused her and illegally trafficked women.

In papers filed with Los Angeles County Superior Court, Kayden Nguyen claims she was assaulted three times before fleeing his home in New Orleans.

The 23-year-old also claims the actor kept two Russian attendants who were available to him at all times.

Seagal's lawyer says the allegations are "ridiculous and absurd".

'Sex toy'

He added that Ms Nguyen is "a disgruntled ex-employee who was fired".

Her $1m (£650,000) legal action accuses Seagal of sexual harassment, illegal trafficking of females for sex, failure to prevent sexual harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination and false representation about employment.

Ms Nguyen, who responded to a magazine advertisement to be the star's executive assistant, claims he asked for a massage on her first day.

Seagal proceeded to use her as a "sex toy" and subjected her to a "vicious sexual assault," she alleges in court documents.

Ms Nguyen adds that co-workers at the actor's production company refused to listen to complaints about her treatment.

After her departure in February, personal property that was left behind was not returned because she had refused to sign documents stating there would be no legal action, she further claims.

Action star Seagal, whose movie credits include Under Siege and Flight of Fury, currently stars in his own US reality TV show, Steven Seagal: Lawman.

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