Can Steven seagal sue Portia de Rossi and Jenny McCarthy for Defamation?
Both of these women have stated orally and published in written form publically that Steven seagal tried to sexually assault them. Rossi even claims it was at gun point. But the thing is these women don't have a shred of proof. No police reports, no video, no recordings, nothing. As it stands, it's just claims made by them with not a shred of validation behind them that are dragging Stevens name through the mud. Can he sue them for defamation because of these claims?
- Little PrincessLv 72 years agoFavorite Answer
First, lets clear up some of the details you've given. Neither of the women are making claims of sexual assault. deRossi's claim is that he removed his pants during an audition and McCarthy's claim is that he insisted she remove her dress during an audition. Those are not claims of sexual assault, but rather sexual harassment. Neither of them mentioned a gun. The gun was mentioned by Julianna Margulies.
Seagal can sue both Portia and Jennifer for defamation, just as he can sue them for smashing up his private jet with a golf club (something nobody is claiming or was even possible). In the US, you can pretty much sue anybody for anything. Whether you can win is a different question.
Lawsuits are a civil matter and as such, at trial the winner is the one who has the preponderance of evidence. If Seagal's lawyer can convince a jury (or the judge if there's not a jury) that what these women claimed was not true and their claims were made with a malicious intent (malicious intent is required since Seagal is a public figure), then he would win his suit. If the womens' lawyers are able to convince the jury enough that either their claims are true or that they didn't have any malicious intent, then his suit would fail.
In Seagal's denial of McCarthy's claim he said that she did not even audition for Under Siege 2, so her story couldn't even be plausible. There are likely records of who did and who didn't audition for these big budget Hollywood movies. If his claim that she didn't even audition for the part is evidenced by the records, then he would likely have a pretty good case against her.
deRossi's claim might be a little harder to prove as the encounter did occur and it boils down to a he-said/she-said argument where several other women have made allegations along the same lines as the one she made.
- njyogibearLv 72 years ago
Anyone can sue anyone in America. But if there is no evidence, Steven would have trouble proving he didn't rape Portia and Jenny. It's very hard for a public figure like
him to win a defamation suit.
- 2 years ago
Not if the claims are true.
- 2 years ago
They can only be sued if it was not true. That would mean that they had intent and maliciously slandered him.
Can he prove it's not true? No. You can't prove something like that was not done.
But, it is LIKELY true anyway, so why would you even be trying to defend him?!.
Think about it!! These ladies would not be risking their own reputation to lie about some guy that they have nothing to do with since many years ago.
They aren't in a relationship with him, they have no motive to claim that they were sexually harrassed or assaulted if they weren't.
Just because you have some fantasy in your head about Steven Segal being some great guy, doesn't make it so.
If he did assault them, and even use a gun on Rossi, that is some serious serious criminal action. You should not like that kind of person at all... unless you are as much of a pig as he is. If so, then there is no point in saying anything further to you because you don't have an ability to reason.
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- jaymes_07Lv 72 years ago
He, as the plaintiff, would have the burden of proof, which means he would have to PROVE that what they are saying is a lie.
- lareLv 72 years ago
if this is a case of "he said" and "she said", then there will be no suit.
- Anonymous2 years ago
He can. Ethan Kath is suing Alice Glass right now for defamation over accusing him of rape.
- CLv 72 years ago
He could, but in this case I doubt he'd win. Steven Seagal already has a reputation for being really nasty to people working in the film industry. From stories I've heard from over twenty years ago I'm inclined to believe them. If he sues all kinds of dirt will come to the light I'm sure he'd prefer didn't.
- 2 years ago
He'd have to have some proof that the allegations were untrue in order to win. You can pretty much sue anyone you want but winning is a different story.
- 2 years ago
U sure o that, no evidence?
i dont think ss would wana draw more attn to this by suing,
but... we dont kno the circumstances.