Following accusations of sexual harassment and sex trafficking leveled against Steven Seagal by his former employee, Kayden Nguyen, filming of his hit A & E reality TV show Steven Seagal: Lawman, has been suspended, RadarOnline.com has learned.
In addition, during a press conference held Wednesday, Jefferson Parish Sheriff, Newell Normand, invited Nguyen to contact the department and file a complaint against Seagal, so he can launch a criminal investigation into the matter.
"I will treat Mr. Seagal no differently than any other employee of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office,” Normand said. “I'm not moved one iota by virtue of his being a movie star or the fact that the national media has an interest in this case.”
In a shocking civil suit filed Monday at Los Angeles state Superior Court, Nguyen, 23, accused Seagal, 59, of sexual harassment, failure to prevent sexual harassment, illegal trafficking of females for sex, retaliation, wrongful termination and false representation about employment.
Nguyen claims Seagal hired her under the pretense of her working as an executive assistant, but that in reality she was coerced to work as an “attendant” and that she was expected to provide “sex on call to him 24 hours a day, seven days a week”.
Nguyen says that within days of being employed she bolted after allegedly being physically and sexually assaulted. She claims on her first day Seagal put “his hand under her shirt” and attempted “to fondle her bare breasts.”
Nguyen is suing for damages in excess of $1 million. She’s also calling for a jury trial.
During the press conference Normand also said that he had spoken to show executives at A & E to cancel filming. "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," Normand said.
Seagal’s show is about his work as a reserve deputy within the Sheriff’s office.
Meanwhile, Seagal’s powerhouse attorney, Marty Singer, has dismissed Nguyen’s claims, labeling her “a disgruntled employee”.