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Steven Seagal's 'Lawman' Stops Filming While He Battles Sex Suit

Production on 'Steven Seagal: Lawman' has been suspended while its star battles a sexual harassment and sex trafficking lawsuit.

Filming has been suspended "for the time being", explain producers, because "the continued video recording of the series would be a distraction for the New Orleans sheriff department."

New Orleans authorities had been working with Seagal on his A&E reality series, in which cameras follow Seagal when he answers calls as a reserve deputy.

However, they believe it would be disruptive to continue making the show, with so much media interest in Seagal and the case.

"I will treat Mr. Seagal no differently than any other employee of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office," says Jefferson Parish Sheriff, Newell Normand. "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."

"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."

Kayden Nguyen, a 23-year-old model, sued Seagal for $1 million this week, alleging he sexually harassed her and engaged in sex trafficking. She claims Seagal hired her as an executive assistant, but once he flew her to Louisiana, he expected her to have sex with him.

Nguyen says 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."

She claims Seagal repeatedly fondled, groped and touched her genitals and breasts before she was finally able to flee the house a few days after arriving.

Steven Seagal's attorney is calling Ngyuen's claims "ridiculous and absurd," labeling her a "disgruntled" employee who was fired for using drugs on the job.

He also calls her suit "a direct violation of the terms of the confidentiality agreement" Ngyuen signed when she was hired in February.

April 15, 2010 |

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