Steven Seagal’s latest escapades have crossed an important line

His roles in a number of hit ’90s action films, including Hard to Kill, Under Seige, and Executive Decision, helped Steven Seagal attract a loyal audience of moviegoers who enjoy fight scenes and fiery explosions. But the list of Hollywood stars Seagal can’t stand is long, and he’s faced numerous allegations of various forms of wrongdoing over the years.

For one, the star of reality series Steven Seagal: Lawman has been accused of making his fight scenes overly real. Speaking to the New York Post, his Executive Decision co-star John Leguizamo claimed Seagal intentionally punched stuntmen he was filming with. Leguizamo also told “Q” that because Leguizamo was laughing at something he said, Seagal threw him into a wall. Seagal has also faced a number of sexual misconduct allegations. Per Movieline, Jenny McCarthy accused him of demanding that she strip while auditioning for a film with no nude scenes, and in 2017 Portia de Rossi tweeted that she fled an audition when he started unbuttoning his pants in front of her. Per The Wrap, an extra on the set of the movie “On Deadly Ground” also accused Seagal of raping her in 1993.

However, those serious allegations haven’t taken Seagal out of the limelight, and the ‘Above the Law’ actor has used his fame to promote his political views. According to TMZ, his latest move is fueling controversy and being labeled a pro-Putin stunt.

Steven Seagal’s photo op in a Russian prison

After Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine, many celebrities spoke out against President Vladimir Putin’s brutal attack on his neighbor. However, Steven Seagal, one of the celebrities who has been friends with Putin in the past, did not condemn the Russian leader’s actions. Instead, he told Fox News, “I’m watching [Russia and Ukraine] as one family and genuinely believe it is an outside entity spending huge sums of money on propaganda to get the two countries to contradict each other.” Now Seagal is being blasted for participating in pro-Russian propaganda.

According to the New York Post, Seagal posed for photos at a Russian prison where dozens of Ukrainian prisoners of war were killed by an explosion. According to a report by Russian news agency TVZVEZDA (translated with Google Translate), Seagal suggested that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was responsible for the deaths of his own imprisoned soldiers, whom the actor dubbed “Nazis.” He also accused Zelensky of war crimes. A representative for the humanitarian nonprofit Nova Ukraine told TMZ that Seagal’s actions are a “reprehensible example of how, when our careers are already tarnished, some of us dig to the lowest levels of the earth to reclaim any relevance, and even from.” dictators are being shown around, those against it are the USA”

Seagal was granted Russian citizenship in 2016 and he supported the Kremlin when it annexed Crimea in 2014. He has also called Putin “one of the greatest leaders in the world,” according to The Guardian.

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