EXCLUSIVE: The Full Steven Seagal Story Jenny McCarthy Told Movieline in 1998

When Steven Seagal was sued earlier this week for sexual assault and trafficking women for sex, CBS News dug up an excerpt from a 1998 interview with Movieline where actress Jenny McCarthy appeared to confirm Seagal's tendency for inappropriate behavior. We reached into our back issues to provide you with the entire anecdote.

Movieline's Stephen Rebello conducted the interview with McCarthy to promote her new film BASEketball, and the actress was unusually candid, discussing all the film parts she'd lost, like Mallrats ("Kevin Smith didn't even wait until I was out of the office to start laughing. So rude"), and the ones she'd turned down, like Drew Barrymore's role in Batman Forever ("I didn't want to play a fluff") and Elizabeth Berkeley's in The First Wives Club ("Even though that movie would have let me work with one of my absolute idols, Goldie Hawn, I wouldn't play a girl who sleeps with someone to get fame").

The audition that really wounded her, as Rebello would find out, was the one she had to do in front of Seagal:

When I press her on the subject, the hurt in her voice says she's still freaked. "I went to the audition for Under Siege 2 with, like, 15 other Jenny McCarthys. These girls came in and out of his office and I was last. Steven comes out and goes, 'Hmm, so you're last.' I'm thinking, 'Shouldn't a casting person be doing this?' I go inside his carpet, which has shag carpet and this huge couch, and he's by himself and says, 'Sit on the couch.' I have my [script pages] and I say, 'OK, I'm ready,' but he says, 'No, I want to find out about you.' I knew what was coming. He goes, 'So, you were Playmate of the Year,' and I was trying to go--" Here, McCarthy breaks off and adopts a Laverne & Shirley blue-collar foghorn delivery: "Yeah, but, like, I lived in Chicago, see, and..."

The accent was apparently no turnoff. "I was wearing this very baggy dress," she continues, "which I always wear to auditions, with my hair pulled back. I'm listening to him go on and on about how he found his soul in Asia and is one with himself and whatever. When I said, 'Well, I'm ready to read,' he said, 'Stand up, you have to be kind of sexy in the movie and in that dress, I can't tell.' I stand up and he goes, 'Take off your dress.' I said, 'What?' and he said, 'There's nudity.' I said, 'No, there's not, or I wouldn't be here right now.' He said again, 'There's nudity,' and I said, 'The pages are right in front of me. There's no nudity.' He goes, 'Take off your dress.' I just started crying and said, 'Rent my [Playboy] video, you a**hole!' and ran out to the car." That wasn't quite the end of it. "I'm closing my car door and he grabs me and says, 'Don't you ever tell anybody.' He won't sue me or say anything because he knows it's true. If I saw him today, I would still say, 'You're a f***ing a**hole and I really hope you change your ways.'"

Seagal's lawyer, Marty Singer, said this week about the sex claims: "The lawsuit filed by Kayden Nguyen against Steven Seagal is a ridiculous and absurd claim by a disgruntled ex-employee who was fired for using illegal narcotics." He also called the suit a "complete fabrication without a scintilla of truth."



  • Sheepypie says:

    Why are people saying that JM is doing this to get attention? The "Exclusive" interview they are referencing was given 12 YEARS AGO! They are just trying to get in on a new story by showing a pattern of behavior for SS dating back many years. And she wasn't claiming to be innocent all of the sudden. She was right to leave his office and to talk about it. Maybe she had fun doing Playboy but that doesn't mean it's the only side of her. If you're being cast as a nude model, you can expect to take your clothes off. Not if you are being cast in a conventional movie. Other actresses have done nudity in films; does that mean they are expected to take their top off during every casting? Of course not.
    Dayze: You sound a little bitter. Talk about getting off-topic. Phew. I can't believe you are a counsellor. Were your sons ever able to have a normal relationship? You probably gave them an anxiety attack every time they tried to have sex. Tell us... what is the "real reason" woman are trying to have sex? Did you give your children ANY HOPE that there are loving, caring women in the world who want to be with them because they love them, or did you just tell them that all women are irresponsible gold diggers who have crazy families and are trying to rope them in by having a baby, which they will neglect or abort? Obviously you DIDN'T raise your sons right if all they are attracting are sex crazed girls coming to their room at midnight. There are lots of respectable, independent women who aren't desperate to rope a man. I've always said the best way to teach is by example. Instead, YOU chose to relate to your sons the horror stories told to you by your emotionally disturbed patients, and tales of Russian mind-control. Smart.

  • Javalation says:

    Seagal should seek out "Big" Ben Roethlisberger to provide dating tips. Poor Ben is young, dumb and usually too drunk to remember any lines, so must resort to exposing his shortcomings to the drunkest girl in the house. Steven has developed the ploy of I'm so evolved I've mastered Tantra, so sex with me is a spiritual experience. Perhaps this line has lost some of its charm as he's aged and gotten fat, but who knows, it just might be the ticket for Ben.

  • raw says:

    Steven, you are being extremely disrespectful and immature. You should know better then to let everyone here push your buttons to the point where you feel you must threaten them with physical violence. You know, there is always someone tougher then you - why do you seem so anxious to "crack their arms" etc... Stay calm and ride this thing out. Like everything else It too will pass!

    • micky says:

      to RAW my comment steven seagal is not disrespectful or immature I think to be honest the only person who's immature points right at you there is martial artists out there who maybe better.... that's not what it's all about he doesn't feel threatened by nobody or uses physical violence towards women more of a protector he's not violent never has been you may see him using violence in his movies that's completely different that's steven seagal's acting side..... it's what makes him lots of money in the movie world it's just a JOB a place of work but take away this and he's got music love respect for everyone he comes into contact with..... jean claude van damme hit his wife why because hes on drugs that's why cocaine you don't really know anything you do you ???????????

  • Bogey says:

    Steven Seagal has always been a very untalented actor. Kids and developmentally arrested adults go to see his movies for the violence and the martial arts bull!
    Common, a fat overweight middle aged man in a ponytail who dyes his hair jet black to look more oriental? He is a joke, and yes he can wipe the floor with me but he'd still be a joke-LOL What a loser-ask his ex wife Kelly LeBrock!

  • Thomas says:

    I think Steven Seagal was a good actor,but now he's a middle aged man trying to do things that he can't do as before.His age is starting to show.He should retire and live his life in Japan where he would probably be happier.I do think he has sexual issues,and treats women as objects.

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  • micky says:

    theres' far too many lies have been spread about steven seagal he has done a lot of things to help kids in Thailand against sexual assults and raping why would he make sexual advances to jenny McCarty ex playboy well say no more after has money..... then more like to rune his good nature because hes not a drugged up actor like rest of them out there who are spending there money on crack heroine under siege 2 it was another actress that did that... she was ex playboy / Baywatch star ...... if he had made these against children women how come he hasn't been sent to prison hes only human stop reading internet crap which is printed on the papers also

  • micky says:

    continued if steven seagal had done this F.B.I would be on steven seagal like a rat up a drain pipe giving him interrogation over it.... they wouldn't bother if he is an actor martial arts superstar all these rumours and lies whats been spread about him it's totally disgusting I could understand if he took drugs and drink or spending his money on heroine but he doesn't then you could write print comments about him.... why would he want to make sexual advances towards women when hes married a lovely wife children of his own.... infact speaking of children YES they would also interview his children if hes made sexual advances towards them ...... same as this with gene le bell its on the internet videos well its crap anyway. it goes on saying how judo gene le bell choked out steven seagal on one of his movie sets lol what a joke another plank wanting to make a name for himself...... same as ex wife Kelly la brock she's another village idiot saying steven seagal used to beat her up / control her wow is that all you can do slate him slag him off steven seagal is the most greatest man on this planet...... he's done a lot for this world... helped out kids in Thailand find better homes by getting them away from street crime off the streets in Bangkok and into real protective homes..... and not raped or used for sexual favours.....so how can you say all these bad hurtful things towards steven seagal you must have complete sad lifes to be honest and believe rumours and lies..... STOP believing everything you read in newspapers / internet same jean claude van dam another druggie movie star who claimed he offered to fight steven seagal at a party.... jean claude van damme threw a kick towards steven seagal he just laughed and walked away.. jean claude van damme said to steven seagal.... do you fancy a fight ?? steven seagal walked away not because he's scared it's because he has respect for himself 6th dan black belt in the Japanese art of aikido yeah ok you fight him then..... if steven seagal would have hit jean claude van damme. he would have filed a law suit against steven seagal and took him to crown count for assult to make some money out off him.... to fund his drug habbit ?

    • micky says:

      including not just women but men slating him also because they wont get a great background .like he's got there's other martial artists out there chuck Norris / Michael dudicoff / late bruce lee / jeff wincott / jean claude van damme / Jackie chan but have these actors martial artists gone all the way in there life no they haven't steven seagal has ... it's all down to 100% jealously with people today.... this is why you wont leave him alone..... you always have to read newspaper shit about him. internet bullshit he has martial arts skills aikido / karate / kendo / he's put these great skills to 100% useage into his movies that's why but steven seagal has not made any sexual advances towards women its all ballocks anybody who knows steven seagal personally will say also ??????

  • micky says:

    get out in the real world I can see most of you here haven't got any social lifes and most of your time is spent reading newspapers / magazines / internet get out in the real world ?

  • micky says:

    there's nothing wrong steven seagal at all what so ever it's just jealously lies and rumours you all like to spread about him ....... what's wrong with you all are you jealous because you can't have a good background like him buddist aikido lived in japan for many years speaks Japanese practiced karate / kendo followed a japanese way of life honour respect married a beautiful Japanese lady put his money to good use need I say more answer NO I don't ?????????????

  • micky says:

    this is all a load crap it's just another newspaper reporter getting its useless information for more useless people just to make a name for him / she more money KYLE BUCHANAN who's wrote this article ??????????????????????

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