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Portia de Rossi Says Steven Seagal 'Unzipped' His Pants During Audition

It was not immediately clear what movie audition she was referring to or when the alleged incident happened

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    Portia de Rossi Says Steven Seagal 'Unzipped' His Pants During Audition
    Portia de Rossi, left, claims Steven Seagal, right, unzipped his pants during an audition.

    Portia de Rossi alleged Wednesday that action star Steven Segal sexually harassed her by unzipping his pants during a movie audition.

    De Rossi, the 44-year-old "Arrested Development" star who is married to Ellen DeGeneres, tweeted, "My final audition for a Steven Segal movie took place in his office. He told me how important it was to have chemistry off-screen as he sat me down and unzipped his leather pants. I ran out and called my agent. Unfazed, she replied, 'well, I didn't know if he was your type.'"

    It was not immediately clear what movie audition she was referring to or when the alleged incident happened. 

    De Rossi tweeted the story to her 339K followers on Wednesday afternoon. Soon after, DeGeneres tweeted her support of the actress, writing, "I'm proud of my wife."

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    Julianna Margulies Recalls Alleged Horrific Hotel Room Meeting With Steven Seagal

    The new claim comes on the heels of Julianna Marguiles' claims that the "Under Siege" actor allegedly brought out a gun during an "audition" in his hotel room almost three decades ago.

    In a new interview with Jenny Hutt on SiriusXM Friday morning, "The Good Wife" star recalled an alleged meeting with the martial arts star that she hasn't soon forgotten.

    "When I was 23, a casting director, a woman, said, 'Well, Steven Seagal wants to go over the scene with you in his hotel room at 10 o'clock at night.' And I lived in Brooklyn, and I said, 'Oh, I don't do that. I don't travel. I don't have money for a cab.' And I didn't," Marguiles said. "And I said, 'And I don't take subways late at night.' And she says, 'Don't worry, we'll reimburse you. And I'm here.' A woman, because we need to start holding these people accountable."

    The actress continued, "And I got to the hotel around 10:40 p.m. and she wasn't there and he was alone and he made sure that I saw his gun, which I had never seen a gun in real life. And I got out of there unscathed...I never was raped, and I never was harmed. I don't know how I got out of that hotel room. It always starts with 'I'm a healer. I want to massage you' and I sort of squirmed my way out."

    E! News has reached out to Seagal's team for comment on both de Rossi and Marguiles' allegations.

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