Lisa Guerrero, a journalist and actress, has opened up about her encounter with producer Steven Seagal in the 1990s.
Guerrero was auditioning for a lead role in Seagal’s film “Fire Down Below.” She arrived for the audition at Seagal’s mansion with casting director Shari Rhodes.
The actress-turned-journalist says Seagal answered the door in his bathrobe and was surprised to see Rhodes.
Guerrero describes Seagal’s home as “Asian inspired.”
Seagal invited Guerrero into a room for the audition where he sat on a throne to watch her.
After the audition, Seagal allegedly told Guerrero that she was “fantastic” and offered her a “private rehearsal” the same night.
Guerrero rejected the producer’s offer and later received a call informing her that she no longer had the lead role due to her rejection.
Guerrero was offered a smaller role, which she accepted.
While on set, she claims that Seagal was with a group of men who were staring at her and laughing.
Seagal reportedly asked Guerrero to come to his dressing room, but she rejected his request again.
Guerrero never saw her small part make the film.
Guerrero says that she has been warning others not to go to Seagal’s home alone for quite some time now.
However, it was the Harvey Weinstein scandal that prompted her to go public with her story.
Guerrero was disturbed to read about Weinstein opening the door for young actresses in only his robe.
She said that the stories brought back vivid memories for her.
Guerrero decided to get into journalism after her experience with Seagal.
She felt that she would have more control over her own fate in that field.
Although she says that women in Hollywood are much more vulnerable, she has still discovered “creeps in sportscasting.”
Guerrero’s encounter with Seagal is just one of many stories of sexual harassment and assault that have emerged in Hollywood.
Actress Alyssa Milano started the “Me too” campaign on Twitter, encouraging women to tweet the two words if they have ever dealt with any form of sexual abuse.
Women in Hollywood have been sharing their experiences with industry heads since the Weinstein scandal broke.
Guerrero’s story highlights the dangers of the film industry.
She says that there is no human resources person to go to when working on a film.
This lack of support can make it difficult for victims of sexual harassment or assault to come forward.