MLST CELEBRITY AND ENTERTAINMENT:DO YOU KNOW HIM?

Jean-Claude Van Damme began his public life as a teenager in the 1970s—a Belgian-born martial arts prodigy who became a champion in both karate and kickboxing. In the 1980s and 1990s, the charismatic and photogenic “Muscles from Brussels” became an international movie star with starring roles in fight-focused action hits like Bloodsport, Kickboxer, Hard Target, and Timecop. (He even had a cameo as himself on Friends.) And then, just as fast and unlikely as his rise, came the fall. Here’s how the man born Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg has occupied himself in recent years.

 

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One of the biggest hits of Van Damme’s early career, the 1992 science-fiction action thriller Universal Soldier paired him up with Dolph Lundgren to tell the story of Luc Deveraux, a deceased Vietnam War veteran resurrected by an experimental military program as a technologically enhanced super-soldier.

 

While it wasn’t a blockbuster sensation, the film performed respectably, bringing in $36 million—enough to inspire plans for a late ’90s Universal Soldier TV series which was teased with a pair of direct-to-video movies in 1998. Neither of those sequels starred Van Damme or Lundgren, and when the franchise returned to theaters for 1999’s Universal Soldier: The Return, both of the ’98 features were bumped out of the series canon.

 

Van Damme came back for The Return, and although his presence was no longer enough to bring in big box office, the series has proven impressively resilient: both Van Damme and Lundgren signed on for 2009’s Universal Soldier: Regeneration—which ignored the TV movies as well as The Return—and the duo reunited again for the franchise-closing Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning in 2012.

Before he expanded his range with science-fiction action movies laced with martial arts, such as Universal Soldier and Timecop, Van Damme played to his background with a string of martial arts-based movies. One of his earliest was 1989’s Kickboxer, in which he played, well, a kickboxer.

 

Van Damme didn’t return for the sequel, but that didn’t stop Kickboxer from becoming a full-fledged straight-to-video franchise; for action enthusiasts of the ’90s, the series became a Friday night mainstay, expanding to an impressive five installments by 1995 while serving up loads of chop-socky action with replacement leading men like Step by Step veteran Sasha Mitchell and future Iron Chef America star Mark Dacascos.

 

After laying dormant for more than 20 years, the Kickboxer franchise made a surprising return with 2016’s Kickboxer: Vengeance—and Van Damme was once more part of the cast, this time playing a supporting role as a character named Master Durand. If it wasn’t quite the starring vehicle the first Kickboxer had been, it must have been a good time for Van Damme—he returned for the the seventh installment, Kickboxer: Retaliation.

 

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Jean-Claude Van Damme reached his commercial peak with Timecop. The 1994 time-travel thriller earned $44 million at the domestic box office—the most of any live-action movie he’s toplined. While the stars of other big 1994 hits remain major draws—Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump), Sandra Bullock (Speed), and Jim Carrey (The Mask)—Van Damme’s profile fell far faster. Why? Partly because he miscalculated his clout and marketability at a key moment.

 

After the success of Timecop, Van Damme was reportedly offered a three-movie deal that would have paid him an astounding $12 million per film. Around the same time, Carrey made headlines by becoming the first $20 million man, so Van Damme rejected the $12 million and asked for the same fee Carrey had negotiated. The three-movie offer was rescinded, and Van Damme ended up on what he later described as a Hollywood “blacklist,” effectively ending his blockbuster career.

 

“Jim Carrey was being paid a fortune. And I wanted to play with the system,” Van Damme told The Guardian in 2012. “Like an idiot. Ridiculous.”

 

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Van Damme is famously nicknamed “The Muscles from Brussels,” as he was indeed a ripped guy born in the capital city of Belgium. In 2012, Brussels paid tribute to one of its favorite sons with a life-sized bronze statue, forever posed in a fight-ready stance in front of the Westland Shopping Center. A visibly touched Van Damme unveiled the statue himself at a special ceremony in 2012 and spoke at the event, saying the monument “represented the dream of a Brussels kid” and hoping it could serve as a source of inspiration for troubled youth. “If you believe in something strongly enough,” he told the crowd, “it can come true.”

 

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In 2010, Sylvester Stallone directed and orchestrated the old-school action spectacle The Expendables, a franchise-launching hit that provided welcome comebacks for stars such as Dolph Lundgren and Mickey Rourke. If it felt like Jean-Claude Van Damme was missing from the movie, that’s because he was—Stallone personally offered him a role, but he turned it down.

 

Van Damme told The Guardian he begged off because of commitments to his movie The Eagle’s Path, but Stallone claimed it was because he objected to a scene in which he’d lose a fight to Jet Li’s character—an allegation Van Damme profanely dismissed as untrue. Fortunately, there were no hard feelings—Stallone found a place for Van Damme in The Expendables 2.

 

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Romance, love, and relationships have pummeled Jean-Claude Van Damme’s heart like they were villains in one of his movies: over the years, the star has been married five times to four different women.

 

In 1980, Van Damme married Maria Rodriguez. After their divorce, he wed Cynthia Derdian; when that marriage ended, he got together with Cynthia Derdian. They split up and Van Damme married a professional bodybuilder named Gladys Portugues, with whom he had two children before they split up in 1992—whereupon he married his mistress, Darcy LaPier. While married to LaPier, Van Damme had a dalliance with pop singer and actress Kylie Minogue, his co-star in the 1994 video game adaptation Street Fighter. The marriage to LaPier imploded, after which Van Damme returned to Portugues.

 

This time, it might be for real. Van Damme and Portugues’ marriage has, as of this writing, lasted from 1999 until the present—even surviving Portugues filing for divorce in 2015. After looking like they were headed for the rocks again, the couple reconciled and withdrew divorce papers.

 

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Van Damme’s movies are known for their action, not their crackling dialogue. But the star is an absorbing interview subject, and he’s prone to rattling off bizarre turns of phrase. (For example, “When I walk across my living room from my chimney to my window, it takes me ten seconds, but for a bird it takes one second, and for oxygen zero seconds.”)

 

In 2016, he let his mouth do the talking with a series of lectures called An Evening with Jean-Claude Van Damme. The shows, held at a couple of Australian venues, were billed as an “unplugged and unscripted” evening with the star discussing his life and career. VIP packages were also available—up to 30 fans at each speaking engagement could opt for a meet-and-greet with Van Damme, a selfie opportunity, a T-shirt, lanyard, tote page, and the “best seats in the house.” Cost of the VIP treatment? “Only $1,497.”

 

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Van Damme promoted his Australian lectures on Australian TV, including an interview on the morning show Sunrise. Because he was trying to promote a new chapter in his career, he grew exasperated answering the host’s questions—the same ones he’d been answering for years, such as the nature of his relationship with Kylie Minogue.

 

“Yes, I like Kylie, I like everybody,” Van Damme said on his video link-up from Bangkok. “I’m looking to be as natural as possible when I come to Australia. I just want to talk to the people there.” Then he decided it wasn’t worth it. “Sorry guys, I cannot do this anymore,” Van Damme huffed. “You are talking to a guy who is very rough, you know—let me talk— it’s good for the people—those questions you’ve been asking me, the press, they’ve been asking me the same questions for the last 25 years: Kylie, ‘How’s your training,’ ‘How’s your this,’ ‘How’s your that?’ So I’m coming to Australia to maybe do something kind of different with the audience. I’m 55 years old.” Then he pulled off his microphone, left the linkup, and yelled out some profanities about Australia.

 

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During the same week he walked off his interview with Sunrise in 2016, Van Damme appeared at a fundraiser for Animals Australia, posing for some photos with a greyhound and donating $30,000 to the charity. Van Damme implored the nation to adopt retired greyhounds—racing of the dogs had just been banned in the country’s state of New South Wales. “They are beautiful animals,” he urged citizens. “And with the current state of legislation and the turmoil in the industry we need to help save greyhound dogs everywhere.”

 

He’s worked on behalf of endangered species, too, meeting with Australia’s Environment Minister Joh Frydenberg to procure government funding to relocate endangered rhinos, gorillas, and elephants to Australia. On top of those efforts, Van Damme is trying to put together a foundation of wealthy individuals to create sanctuaries for those animals.

 

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Van Damme is a martial arts legend, and he’s as much of a fan as he is a fighter. In 2012, he attended a night of Muay Thai fights—a boxing-wrestling hybrid—at Lumpinee Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand. The major bout of the evening pitted former champion Jomhod Kiatadisak against Olympic gold medal-winning boxer Somluck Khamsing; Van Damme was in Bangkok to drum up interest in his own fight with Khamsing, which was happening at a still-unspecified future date.

 

As the match between Kiatadisak and Khamsing wore on, Kiatadisak pummeled Van Damme’s friend and future opponent. In a move more befitting of pro wrestling, Van Damme tried to inspire Khamsing to fight harder by hopping over the ropes and into the ring, fanning Khamsing with a towel. A referee tried to get JCVD out, as his presence made him a third cornerman for Khamsing—a rule violation. Instead, one of the actual cornermen bowed out so Van Damme wouldn’t disqualify Khamsing.

 

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Chechnya, or the Chechen Republic, is a Russian entity ruled by Ramzan Kadyrov. The international watchdog organization Human Rights Watch has said Kadyrov ruthlessly enforces a police state linked to “abductions, torture, and executions” of enemies and insurgents, among other human rights abuses. But not everyone agrees: In 2011, Kadyrov’s friends and supporters threw him a lavish star-studded birthday party attended by a number of Hollywood celebrities.

 

Despite the potential hit to their reputations by cavorting with such a controversial figure—and HRW publicly shaming them—Academy-Award winner Hilary Swank attended the celebration, as did Van Damme. Swank apologized afterward, claiming that she lacked “a full understanding” of the politically murky situation. Van Damme, however, who literally said “I love you, Mr. Kadyrov” on stage at the event, had no regrets. He even returned to Chechnya a few weeks later to “check out the sites,” as well as to have dinner and take in a play with Kadyrov.

 

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Jean-Claude Van Damme keeps the violence confined to the martial arts arena and the screen. But in September 2017, his son Nicholas Van Varenberg was arrested in Tempe, Arizona after allegedly holding his roommate at knifepoint.

 

What did the roommate do to deserve such treatment? Police originally arrived at the University House apartment complex, located near Arizona State University, in response to a call that a man was caught on surveillance video punching an elevator wall. Police followed the trail of blood from the elevator to Van Varenberg’s tenth-floor apartment, which led to a harrowing two-hour standoff in which Van Varenberg held his roommate at knifepoint. Van Varenberg posted his $10,000 bail and faced several criminal charges.

 

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The most notable recent moment in Van Damme’s career isn’t a movie or a TV show—it’s a commercial for Volvo featuring a performance so impressive that it went extremely viral. Van Damme performs the splits, which he’s done onscreen before, notably in Timecop—except this time, the 53-year-old performer does them while balanced atop two giant trucks…driving backward. More than 86 million people have watched that amazing clip—which is more than the number of people who ever bought tickets to any single Jean-Claude Van Damme film.

 

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In 2017, Van Damme appeared in another ad, but instead of making it go viral, many viewers found it offensive. In the spot for the Australian car services company Auto Tune, two women in skimpy clothing go to their car at night and discover they have a flat tire. A gang of armed street thugs approach, the women and the viewer assumes the worst is about to happen…until Jean-Claude Van Damme shows up to save the day. The twist ending: The criminals are thrilled to meet the Muscles from Brussels.

 

The Ad Standards Bureau of Australia, which fields complaints about commercials, included it on its list of the most-complained about ads of the year. “The fear portrayed from a group of men approaching two women at night and the fact that they need to be ‘saved’ is very damaging as it is normalizing this predatory behavior,” said one Australian TV viewer.

 

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In late 2016, Amazon Prime unveiled its annual slate of pilots for upcoming potential TV series, one of which starred Jean-Claude Van Damme—and it was a comedy, not an action thriller or a martial arts show. Making fun of himself and his image, Van Damme took the title role in Jean-Claude Van Johnson, playing a faded film star who opens his own private investigation agency. After viewers voted on the slate of pilots that included Johnson, Amazon committed to a six-episode first season that debuted in December of 2017.

 

Unfortunately, Van Damme’s Amazon-fueled comeback proved short-lived. Just a matter of weeks after it premiered, Jean-Claude Van Johnson had its plug pulled by the streaming service, one among a number of cancellations that hit Amazon’s Prime Video lineup in January of 2018. It marked a disappointing setback in Van Damme’s career, but he could take comfort in the knowledge that his show was in pretty good company—aside from canceling Van Johnson, Amazon also ended the critically acclaimed I Love Dick and One Mississippi, all part of a shift away from prestige programming and an effort to score hits with broader appeal.

 

So now that you’re all caught up with everything Van Damme has been up to, let’s see how well you really know the action star. Keep reading for some facts you may not know about Jean-Claude Van Damme.

 

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The titular alien in the Predator movies was initially meant to be played by none other than Jean-Claude Van Damme. He obviously didn’t, and ended up leaving the film when he found out that he was little more than a stunt man, and couldn’t do any of his martial arts in his epic battle against Arnold Schwarzenegger. Apparently, stalking and clicking are poor artistic substitutes.

 

At the time of his departure, the Predator looked very different from how we know it today, and there was no way Van Damme could have performed any spectacular stunts while wearing the suit. As he explained it to AV Club, “My feet were in the cast of the alien. My hands were in the forearms, my head was in the neck. I was moving everything with cables. It was a very unsecure, very dangerous type of outfit.” His movement would have been very limited and impractical, not to mention the fact that the story just didn’t call for cool Van Damme-y movement.

 

Van Damme was hired less for his agility and the fluidity of his movement, and more to play a special effect, and little more. This just didn’t sit well with the Muscles from Brussels, so he walked after only two days of production, which is a theme that has played heavily throughout his career.

Bianca Van Damme is certainly not someone you would want to mess with. Though she may not look the part, with her brown locks and full, model-esque lips, she is an extremely capable martial artist. “I want to show little girls and little boys that you can be physical and feminine. That you can cross your legs at the dinner table and then kick ass in a nice, feminine way.” Protip: don’t let her use your 206 bones to prove her point.

 

Growing up, she hated martial arts, and was forced into it at the age of seven by her bodybuilder mother, in order to help with self-discipline. Her interests at the time lay more on the side of ballet and speed-skating, but an injury forced her into another path. She embraced martial arts and worked alongside her father in 2008’s The Shepherd: Border Patrol. She went on to film six additional movies with her father, and continued to hone her craft.

 

She started her road in Hollywood as Van Varenberg, to help distance herself from her famous father, but eventually settled on her namesake and is now billed as Bianca Van Damme. While she hasn’t competed professionally like her father did before his movie career kicked off, she’s been training in martial arts for nearly 20 years, and is just as quick and agile as her dad, which presumably a much bigger “everybody underestimates me” chip on her shoulder

 

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Jean-Claude Van Damme didn’t just get off a bus in Los Angeles and find work in Hollywood, like so many people have tried to do. He was an active fighter for years before finally breaking into the film industry. His fight record stands at 18-1 in kickboxing, with all 18 wins attributed to knockout. In semi/light contact fights, he holds 44 wins to 4 losses, so his skills in the ring are well-known.

 

Many have attributed his fighting style and graceful movement to his training in ballet. Yes, the Muscles from Brussels is a trained danseur (That’s what a male ballerina is called—don’t feel bad, we had to look it up too), but you probably shouldn’t try mocking him for taking part in something most often associated with women—you wouldn’t want to make him angry. You wouldn’t like him when he’s angry

 

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When Midway released its popular fighting game Mortal Kombat in 1992, few people realized that the game was initially intended to be an homage to none other than Van Damme. Shortly after the success of Universal Soldier, the producers approached Midway Games with the hopes of making a game based off the movie. Midway wasn’t interested, but they did want to work with Van Damme, so they worked out a deal with him to make a game more akin to his film Bloodsport. Unfortunately, the deal fell through, and they never finished working the project.

 

They eventually turned their idea into Mortal Kombat, and based the Johnny Cage character off of Van Damme. Van Damme and Johnny Cage share some similarities—their appearance is similar, as is their back story. Cage is a narcissistic Hollywood actor, not unlike the subject of this article, and his initials of J.C. mirror those of Mr. Van Damme as well. Obviously, since the licensing deal fell through, the character was modeled off another actor, leaving Johnny Cage more of an homage to the Muscles from Brussels, rather than a direct representation of him.

 

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One of Van Damme’s biggest problems once his career began to take a nosedive, was due to the stuff he was snorting up his nose. He has admitted to having a 10-gram-per-day cocaine habit, which cost him around $10,000 a week. By 1999, he had racked up a DUI charge and even tried rehab, but left after only seven days. He eventually relapsed a few years later, and continued his destructive habits.

 

During this time, Van Damme made some rather horrible films, and even did an unnecessary sequel to Universal Soldier. Most of his work went direct-to-DVD, and few people ever saw them. Here’s a fun challenge: see if you can name anything Van Damme filmed between 1999 and 2008 without Googling. Probably you can’t—he made 14 films during this time, and they were all bombs. These poor career choices earned him the nickname “Jean-Claude Van Desperate”—for Hollywood types, that’s pretty clever.

 

It wasn’t until he starred in his namesake film, JCVD, in 2008 that he started to make a comeback. He had finally kicked his cocaine habit, and was reflecting on his own life. The film was well-received, and helped to bring him back into the mainstream of Hollywood.

 

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Van Damme’s substance abuse problem has been linked with his bipolar disorder. People with undiagnosed bipolar disorder, they are highly susceptible to addiction, and Van Damme’s condition went undiagnosed for years. Before he was diagnosed, he would turn to training for help. “When I didn’t train for a couple of days, I felt so low and nothing could make me happy.” Except for drugs, unfortunately.

 

Van Damme was finally diagnosed with Rapid Cycling Bipolar Disorder in 1998, and he began to take sodium balproate—a mood stabilizing drug—to help him with his condition. He’s been very open about his disorder in interviews, and was expressive while playing himself in JCVD, where he exposed himself as a broken man.

 

Like others with this condition, he was even suicidal at one point, but was able to get the help he needed. As he put it, “I didn’t have any reasons to live … I was not excited about anything. Then you have to find back your self-esteem. And then, slowly, every piece of yourself becomes precious again … It’s not the drugs, it’s a problem with yourself, which you have to cure.” After he finally kicked his cocaine habit (cold turkey, at that), he started to move forward. This also helped him reconcile with his third wife (the one he remarried) and he’s been dealing with his condition positively ever since.

 

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While people may not agree on Van Damme’s acting ability, most everyone can agree he’s a great fighter who would kill any of us if we stepped up to him. But as it turns out, there’s at least one person convinced Van Damme can hardly fight a lick: the guy who inspired Van Damme’s first major film.

 

As the Las Vegas Sun reported, in 1997 Frank Dux, the kickboxer who Van Damme portrayed in Bloodsport, sued Van Damme for $50,000 (later upped to $1.5 million). He said the star didn’t pay him for helping co-write his 1996 movie The Quest. During the suit, Dux made sure to dig at Van Damme, saying the man has no idea how to fight. As he claimed, “I asked Jean-Claude to do a simple forward roll [when tutoring him for Bloodsport], and he landed on his head.” As for that legit kickboxing career, the one with footage to back it up, Dux insists “Van Damme … lied to the public that he was a martial arts champion.”

 

Unfortunately for Dux, the lawsuit went nowhere. The next year, a jury cleared Van Damme, saying the star didn’t owe anyone anything. Dux was optimistic about an appeal, saying, “If you remember Rocky, he didn’t win his first fight either.” But it doesn’t seem like Dux ever filed the appeal, which is like Rocky staying retired and working with Adrian at the pet shop instead.

 

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MLST CELEBRITY AND ENTERTAINMENT:STEVEN SEAGAL EXPOSED.WHO IS HE?

“Give the people what they want” is an old saying in the world of business. And since there’s definitely no business like show business, the savviest showbiz stars do just that: give the people what they want. In the late ’80s, what the people wanted was action movies in which drug dealers and international criminals got kicked and punched and shot at by a sort-of-mystical, stone-faced martial arts expert with a ponytail — in other words, Steven Seagal.

 

The mythical man who is definitely not a garbage-eating beach bird ruled the box office for years with huge hits like Hard to Kill, Above the Law, and Under Siege. But while you have to give the people what they want, what they want isn’t always the same thing. Tastes change, and eventually, Seagal faded from movie star prominence. Here’s a look at what he’s been up to since receding from the spotlight.

 

Seagal’s contract with Warner Bros. ended with the release of the environmentally-themed thriller Fire Down Below in 1997. He still makes action movies, and he still puts them out at a rapid clip. Since 1998, however, most (but not all) have gone directly to DVD and/or streaming services. Among those projects: The Patriot, Exit Wounds, Half Past Dead, Out for a Kill, Into the Sun, Submerged, Black Dawn, Attack Force, Urban Justice, Kill Switch, Code of Honor, and Driven to Kill. In all, Seagal has churned out more than 30 movies in less than 20 years.

 

In 2016 alone, he starred in a whopping seven non-theatrically-released (or barely theatrical-released) films: Contract to Kill, End of a Gun, Code of Honor, Sniper: Special Ops, The Asian Connection, Cartels, and The Perfect Weapon.

 

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Starting in the late ’80s, Seagal took a side job as a police consultant in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. Sheriff Harry Lee, a big Seagal fan, had asked the action star to train his force in martial arts and marksmanship, and he did it for so long that Lee eventually enlisted Seagal as a reserve deputy. In 2009, Seagal’s side gig became the basis for a reality show on A&E called Steven Seagal: Lawman. It was similar to Cops in that a film crew tagged along while police officers investigated local crimes as they happened—yet different, in that Steven Seagal was there, usually hanging out in the police car observing the cops from a safe distance.

 

Sadly, Seagal reportedly resigned from the force after he found himself the subject of an internal affairs investigation that, according to the Phoenix New Times, sought to uncover the truth about “allegations of sex trafficking and sexual assault.” (Those allegations were corroborated by two other female ex-employees who alleged similar treatment by the actor, but their suit against him was dropped later in the year.)

Now you may be thinking that Steven Seagal, who spent years hitting bad guys in movies and also in the actual streets, might be really well suited for a role in a scripted television series. After all, cop shows have never lacked popularity on the small screen, and Seagal is an actual cop. You would think this is definitely something the guy should do, right? Well, you’d be wrong.

 

It’s true. Seagal took his crime-fighting, butt-kicking cop act to TV with his 2011 action series True Justice, which he created and starred in as Elijah Kane, head of an elite undercover Seattle task force. (The show was actually taped in Vancouver, Canada.) True Justice first aired in Spain on a cable channel called Nitro before showing up on the American movie network Reelz, which renewed the show and funded a second season. True Justice ran for a total of 26 episodes.

 

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The sexual assault allegations that cast a shadow over Seagal’s tenure with the Jefferson Parish police were echoed years later, when a series of the action star’s peers in the film industry accused him similar mistreatment. In October 2017, Inside Edition correspondent Lisa Guerrero recalled a 1996 audition for Seagal’s Fire Down Below, after which she said he summoned her to his home for a “private rehearsal.” She declined, after which the lead role she said she was promised went to another actor. Television personality Jenny McCarthy followed suit with her own Seagal story, which had him demanding that she take off her dress during an audition for Under Siege 2.

 

Seagal denied those allegations through his reps, but they wouldn’t be the last he’d face. Rachel Grant, a former “Bond girl” who appeared in the 007 movie Die Another Day, went public with her own story in January 2018, telling the BBC that during her audition for Seagal’s 2003 film Out for a Kill, he pushed her onto a bed “with force” before pulling down his pants. Again, Seagal denied any wrongdoing, issuing a blanket claim of innocence against “any alleged assault at all.”

 

It quickly became apparent that simply directing a publicist to deny alleged assaults wouldn’t be enough for Seagal. Also in January 2018, two women filed police reports in Los Angeles—and one of them, former On Deadly Ground extra Regina Simons, offered a detailed account of Seagal raping her when she was 18. Reached for comment, the LAPD cited confidentiality laws, but did reveal they were investigating yet another claim against Seagal.

 

Seagal quickly went on the offensive, using an appearance on right-wing fringe conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ InfoWars network to claim he was the victim of a vast, well-funded conspiracy. Insisting that “40 percent” of the sexual assault allegations coming out of the growing #MeToo movement were made up, he vowed revenge. “There is a whole force of people gathering around the world now putting in lots of money and lots of time investigating people who are after us,” he warned. “The people who are being paid to lie and the people who are paying them to lie are going to be exposed.”

 

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Many celebrities have their own vanity wines—including Seagal, sort of. He owns an estate in California’s Santa Ynez Valley, where 200 acres are set aside to grow Cabernet grapes that he then sells to other wineries. From 1999 to 2007, he also owned a 995-acre lavender farm in northern California where he grew the raw materials for Diamond Lotus Essentials, a line of “therapeutic oils.” And in 2005, Seagal’s company Steven Seagal Products launched Steven Seagal’s Lightning Bolt, a line of canned energy drinks which was proudly marketed as the first of its kind to contain “Tibetan Goji Berries” and “Asian Cordyceps.” Flavors include Cherry Charge, Root Beer Rush, and Asian Experience.

 

He even teamed up with a Cold Steel, a California knife manufacturer, to create the “Steven Seagal Series” of knives and swords. A katana sword with sheath costs a mere $1099.99, while a shorter “Steven Seagal Helmet Breaker” runs just $499.99.

 

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An important part of any action movie is that our hero not only saves the day, but also gets the girl at the end. Failing that, he should at least get Samuel L. Jackson. In any event, being a ladies’ man is pretty important to any guy who’s been identified as an action movie star. As such, there’s really no doubt about it: Steven Seagal is absolutely a ladies’ man. A four-ladies man, to be exact.

 

That’s right: Seagal has been married four times. His third and most prominent marriage was with another nostalgic icon, model and actress Kelly LeBrock, most famous for being the dream woman created by teen scientists in Weird Science (and for saying “don’t hate me because I’m beautiful” in a long-running series of Pantene commercials). Seagal and LeBrock divorced in 1996 — he reportedly had an affair with their nanny, and she got pregnant. In 2009, he married his personal assistant, Erdenetuya Batsukh. See? What’d we tell you? Total ladies’ man, him.

 

 

Seagal is reportedly good friends with fellow martial arts movie star Jackie Chan. They’re so tight that while Chan’s Rush Hour 3 was entering production in 2007, Chan is rumored to have suggested that Seagal play the film’s villain. He didn’t end up in the role, and the script was rewritten to accommodate Japanese actor Hiroyuki Sanada.

 

Sylvester Stallone’s 2010 hit The Expendables showed that there was still a big audience out there for ’80s-style action movies, as well as ’80s-style action heroes. Among the cast of the Expendables series: Stallone himself, Dolph Lundgren, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mickey Rourke, Chuck Norris, and Jean-Claude Van Damme. Conspicuously absent from that list: Steven Seagal. Stallone reportedly offered Seagal a spot in the ensemble, but he turned it down. The reason: Seagal hates one of the movie’s producers, Avi Lerner, with whom he worked on several of his direct-to-video features.

 

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Steven Seagal lives a very full life outside of making movies and hanging out with cops. He also spends a lot of time traveling around the world to visit his friends who really live far away. Incongruously, two of his best friends are Buddhist spiritual leader the Dalai Lama…and Russian president Vladimir Putin. In addition to that, Seagal gained citizenship in Serbia in January 2016 when he offered to set up a martial arts studio there. He probably wouldn’t be able to live in Serbia, however, if he followed through on his plans to someday run for governor of Arizona.

 

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Two Seagal films—The Foreigner and Contract to Kill—earned the not-so-prestigious score of 0 percent on Rotten Tomatoes—which means that not a single critic that saw either film liked them. Regarding The Foreigner, Scott Weinberg of eFilmCritic called the film “so bad that it makes Seagal’s other films look like the combined efforts of Frank Capra and Billy Wilder.” As for Contract to Kill, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of The AV Club wrote that Seagal “gives the kind of performance traditionally associated with stars who died during filming. And yet, Seagal is in almost every scene.”

 

As for the rest of Seagal’s recent, direct-to-home video filmography? Those movies haven’t even been seen by enough people to be rated yet (a whopping 37 of his movies since 2001 are listed as “No Score Yet”), while 2002’s Half Past Dead only managed to eke out a 3 percent. In fact, you can count on one hand the number of “Certified Fresh” movies he has, despite his incredibly long filmography—ouch!

 

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We’ve already established that Steven Seagal was sued for sexual harassment — a suit that was dropped. But while getting served with papers over sexual misdeeds is sadly not that uncommon in the world of show business, what’s less common is getting sued for puppy-murder. But as with so many things in life, here Steven Seagal once again breaks the mold.

 

Seagal was the target of a lawsuit for his part of a police operation filmed (but never aired) for Steven Seagal: Lawman. In 2011, Seagal drove a SWAT tank used to raid the home of Jesus Llovera, an Arizona man suspected of holding cockfights. Llovera sued for $100,000 in damages; he also wanted Seagal to write a letter to his kids to apologize for killing their puppy in the melee. Llovera ultimately pled guilty to the cockfighting charges. After a change of attorney and a failure to submit paperwork, a judge dismissed the lawsuit against Seagal. Chances are pretty good he never wrote the letter of apology, either.

 

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Seagal’s bromance with Putin has earned the star some enemies. When he told a Russian state-run newspaper that he considers Putin “one of the great living world leaders” and that he thinks of him like a brother, he also came out in support of Putin’s controversial intervention in Crimea.

 

That got him dropped from a gig performing at a blues festival in Estonia. After Putin personally granted Seagal a Russian passport in 2016, the actor was banned from entering the Ukraine, another former Soviet republic. Officials said that Seagal had “committed socially dangerous actions,” which “contradict the interests of maintaining Ukraine’s security.”

 

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If you thought Seagal’s admiration of Putin was weird, it may not seem quite as strange in the context that he’s also a Donald Trump supporter.

 

It might seem surprising that the same man who starred in and directed the environmentally conscious On Deadly Ground, where he battles an oil tycoon and notorious polluter, and starred in Fire Down Below, where he took on baddies dumping toxic waste, would support a president who doesn’t believe in global warming, but does anything about Steven Seagal surprise you anymore?

 

On the night of President Trump’s inauguration, Seagal took to Twitter to congratulate the new leader of the free world, saying, “Congratulations to President Donald Trump! Wonderful speech! So grateful & proud to finally have a president 4 the People!” Then again, maybe it’s actually Melania that he’s a fan of, considering a December 2015 post on his official Facebook where he shared, “If Donald Trump becomes president, she will be the First Lady.”

If you believe there’s a secret globalist agenda that threatens to destroy the United States—and you believe you’re one of the select few who truly understands what’s going on—what’s the best way of getting out your message? This is evidently exactly what Steven Seagal believes, and as he revealed in late 2017, his answer to that question is “write an action espionage novel starring a thinly disguised version of myself.”

 

Co-credited to Seagal and Tom Morrissey, a novelist whose résumé includes a stint as the GOP chair for Arizona, the novel in question—titled The Way Of The Shadow Wolves: The Deep State And The Hijacking Of America—is billed as “a book of fiction based on reality.” The plot follows an Arizona tribal officer who untangles a high-reaching conspiracy between drug smugglers, the mainstream media, and the United States government, all carried out in the name of instituting a “jihadi caliphate” in America.

 

As with many of Seagal’s films and albums, the reviews haven’t exactly been kind—in December 2017, the A.V. Club highlighted a series of Amazon writeups and social media posts subjecting the authors and their work to gleeful mockery, and culture critic Nathan Rabin “hate-read” the entire book in order to offer an in-depth rundown of the story. Right-wing classic rocker Ted Nugent, on the other hand, loved it—and although he later admitted he hadn’t had a chance to read it, disgraced former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio went so far as to pen the book’s foreword.

 

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With so many different projects and hustles under his belt, you might think it’s hard for a guy like Steven Seagal to move forward and find something new to explore. And you’d be right. As it turns out, the actor is moving forward in his career by reaching into the past. Under Siege and Under Siege 2 are among Seagal’s biggest cinematic hits, and a film to complete the trilogy is apparently in the works. In October 2016, Seagal took to his official Twitter account to announce that former Navy SEAL Woodie Mister was hard at work on the Under Siege 3 screenplay adding the ominous, “It’s time.” Mister is a producer on another Seagal project in development: Above the Law 2, a sequel to Seagal’s debut film from 1988.

 

As of this writing, neither project has yet to make much in the way of headlines since their initial announcements. But hey, that’s the whole thing about Steven Seagal: he always strikes when you least expect it.

 

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Seagal is no longer the athletic martial arts master of Under Siege or Above the Law. So maybe he’s put on some weight and moves a little slower—but that’s going to happen to most any guy who’s in his mid-sixties. That’s why some were a little skeptical of a viral video of Seagal demonstrating the martial art of aikido at the 2015 International Youth Sambo Tournament, held in the Russian city of Saratov.

 

Seagal takes on two faster, younger combatants and effortlessly flips and tosses them, all while barely moving around. When cornered by TMZ, Seagal laughed off accusations that the fighting in the viral video was fake. “I’ve been doing martial arts all my life, how could it be fake?” Seagal argued. After the TMZ reporter suggested that the guys up against Seagal flopped a little too hard, Seagal explained that, “when you’re about to break someone’s arm or wrist, usually they like to go with it so it doesn’t snap.”

 

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One of the truly great things about a democracy is that every citizen has a voice regardless of his background or experience in public policy—even if, as in Steven Seagal’s case, he happens to be a veteran Hollywood action hero who’s been granted citizenship in one of his native country’s biggest rivals.

 

Seagal made that voice heard during a September 2017 appearance on Good Morning Britain (via TMZ), accepting host Piers Morgan’s invitation to weigh in on the growing number of professional athletes protesting racial injustice and inequality in America by opting not to stand during the national anthem while it’s played prior to sporting events. It’s a complicated issue that’s inspired no shortage of debate, but from Seagal’s point of view, it’s all very simple.

 

Insisting he believes in free speech and agrees that “everyone’s entitled to their own opinion,” Seagal—who went on to claim he’s “risked my life countless times for the American flag”—made it clear that he’s deeply offended by the idea that anyone would refuse to stand during the anthem for any reason.

 

“I don’t agree they should hold the United States of America and the world hostage by picking a venue where people are tuning in to watch a football game and imposing their political views,” Seagal told Morgan. “I think it’s outrageous, I think it’s a joke. It’s disgusting.”

 

Seagal’s remarks were picked up by a number of outlets worldwide—many of whom were quick to point out that as patriotic as his words may have seemed from a particular point of view, they were delivered via remote feed from Moscow.

 

Now that you’re caught up with what he’s has been up to, let’s see how well you really know the action star. Keep reading for some facts you may not know about Steven Seagal.

 

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t’s been years since action thriller fans were wowed by a new Steven Seagal fight scene, but once you’ve spent years building yourself a reputation as a supposedly unbeatable fighter, people will keep lining up to try and make you prove it long after you probably should have retired. Boxer George Foreman, who himself knows a thing or two about climbing back in the ring well after many believed his final bell had been rung, issued just such a challenge to Seagal in October of 2017, tweeting an offer to go ten rounds with his would-be opponent in a no-holds-barred Vegas match during which he’d stick to boxing but Seagal could “use whatever.”

 

Seagal didn’t immediately respond to Foreman’s challenge, but that didn’t stop it from making headlines that triggered a surprising amount of gleeful anticipation. Then again, maybe it isn’t so hard to understand why people would want to watch these once-mighty fighters whale on each other—if you’ve ever struggled to make your way through a late-period Seagal movie or burned yourself on a Foreman Grill, the idea of either man being punched for your enjoyment must be pretty tempting.

 

After Kelly LeBrock divorced Steven Seagal, she purposely left Hollywood to “raise my babies away from the limelight,” she told Closer Weekly. One of those babies was her daughter with the action man, Arissa LeBrock. The younger LeBrock grew up and found her own place in the spotlight, working as a model for clothing lines such as Mac Duggal and Ashley Stewart. She told the New York Post that while she’s following in her mother’s modeling footsteps, she “ended up looking like a Seagal: strong and built.”

 

Of course, you don’t need a New York Post article to tell you that: one look at Arissa LeBrock in the photo above should tell you everything you need to know about her parentage. Let’s just say that Steven Seagal probably never thought about needing to take a paternity test. Of course, all of this raises an important question: should Steven Seagal have been a runway model instead of an action hero? Now’s probably as good a time as any for him to give that career path a shot.

 

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According to multiple actors, Steven Seagal is an incredibly difficult coworker, something John Leguizamo discovered the hard way. While filming Executive Decision, Seagal got angry with his costar and allegedly shoved Leguizamo against a wall. Maybe he just watched Super Mario Brothers.

 

Seagal also made life hard for the Saturday Night Live cast. While hosting the show in 1991, he was “very critical of the cast and writing staff.” According to Tim Meadows, Seagal “didn’t realize that you can’t tell somebody they’re stupid on Wednesday and expect them to continue writing for you on Saturday.” David Spade, meanwhile, said that in his six years on the show, Seagal was the absolute worst host, which probably had a lot to do with the aikido king’s taste in comedy. According to Julia Sweeney, Seagal wanted to perform a sketch where he played a therapist who wants to sleep with a rape survivor. Ha ha? Evidently, Seagal was so frustrating, he was banned from ever hosting again.

 

Stephen Tobolowsky also learned firsthand about Seagal’s petulant ways. In The Glimmer Man, Tobolowsky played a serial killer — naturally, Seagal was supposed to blow the bad guy away. But then Seagal decided it was “bad for his karma” to keep killing people on-screen. Now, he wanted Tobolowsky to survive. Thinking on his feet, Tobolowsky explained that his character was trapped in his own private Hell. By killing the villain, Seagal would be allowing the bad guy to reincarnate as a more peaceful being. Seagal agreed, and the scene went on as scripted. Unfortunately, Seagal later ad-libbed the line, “Thank God I didn’t kill that guy…” Tobolowsky then had to record a few lines to make it seem like his obviously dead character had actually survived, like a bad horror movie monster. According to IMDb, however, those lines didn’t make the final cut.

 

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In February 2011, UFC fans prepared to watch middleweight champion Anderson Silva face off against Vitor Belfort. At the time, Silva was widely considered the greatest mixed martial artist on the planet, and in round one, he knocked Belfort out with a front kick to the face. It was one of the most iconic moments in UFC history … and days later, Seagal was taking all the credit.

 

According to Seagal, he was the man who taught Anderson Silva how to use that particular kick. In fact, Seagal even claimed that he’d invented that kick. While many assumed Seagal was lying, the actor had indeed escorted Silva to the ring that fateful night. And a few events later, Lyoto Machida knocked out the legendary Randy Couture with a Karate Kid-style crane kick. Once again, Seagal took credit for the move, this time while on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

 

While Silva seemed to enjoy the joke at first, the champ eventually decided to speak up, explaining how he’d been practicing the front kick long before he met Seagal. In his famous broken English, Silva admitted, “Seagal is a good man. No coach. No train me. Is a good man. Is a good person. That’s it.”

 

Other athletes are far less polite. When Seagal tried to go backstage at UFC 135 to advise light heavyweight champ Jon Jones, the fighter turned him away. Ronda Rousey once claimed she could “beat the crap” out of the actor. Seagal even challenged two-time ex-champion Randy Couture to a fight … so long as there weren’t any witnesses around. When asked about the matchup, Couture said he wasn’t surprised that Seagal wanted to fight “in a private, remote location where nobody could see it happen.”

 

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In addition to acting, Steven Seagal has done quite a bit of fight choreography. According to IMDb, most of the films he’s choreographed are his own, but in the early ’80s, Seagal worked on the James Bond film Never Say Never Again, having been brought onboard to teach Sean Connery about martial arts. Now, Connery was already well-versed in karate. While preparing for 1967’s You Only Live Twice, the actor was awarded an honorary third-degree black belt. But for his seventh outing as Bond, Connery needed to learn a little aikido, so Steven was hired to teach Sean how to throw opponents and manipulate joints.

 

At first, the lessons seemed to be going well … too well, in fact. As Connery put it, “I got a little cocky because I thought I knew what I was doing,” and then an irritated Seagal allegedly grabbed Connery’s arm and broke the actor’s wrist. While he was undoubtedly in pain, Connery kept on training. In fact, he didn’t realize that Seagal had actually snapped his wrist until the late ’90s. That must’ve been one slow-healing injury.

 

Of course, Seagal can take a bit of pain as well. While working on his breakout film, Above the Law, actor Henry Silva broke Seagal’s nose with an overzealous punch. Knowing the show must go on, Seagal stayed up late that night, icing his battered schnoz so he could keep on shooting the next day.

 

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In his heyday, Steven Seagal was the biggest martial arts star in Hollywood. But that doesn’t mean he could fight in real life — in fact, he very well can’t. Seagal is a legit seventh dan in aikido, a martial art that relies on joint locks and the redirection of momentum. In fact, Seagal was the first American to teach aikido in Japan. But honestly, aikido is pretty worthless when it comes to self-defense. According to fight analyst Jack Slack, aikido only works if your “opponent is running straight at you,” something most smart fighters never do. And as UFC commentator Joe Rogan explained, aikido “would never work against a trained fighter, never, not in a million years.” Watch the video above and you’ll see why.

 

Nevertheless, Seagal claimed he could beat anyone, anywhere, anytime. Even worse, Seagal made some controversial comments about Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, and the sport of full-contact karate. This didn’t sit well with Bob Wall. An actor and high-ranking black belt with plenty of tournament experience, Wall was friends with Norris, had worked with Lee, and absolutely didn’t care for Seagal’s attitude. Wanting to teach the actor a lesson, Wall assembled the “Dirty Dozen,” a group of angry kickboxing and karate champions like Benny Urquidez, Bill Wallace, and Howard Jackson. Some wanted to show Seagal was a fake, others were upset at his forementioned comments, while others wanted to avenge a group of stuntmen whom Seagal had allegedly injured.

 

Wanting to get the actor’s attention, the Dozen appeared in magazines like Prevue and Black Belt, but despite their efforts, there was never any showdown. Instead, when Seagal finally met Wall, the movie star supposedly apologized for what he’d said. And if you need more definitive proof that Steven Seagal sucks as an actual fighter …

 

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While Seagal never faced off with Bob Wall, many people claim he did square off with “Judo” Gene LeBell. A martial arts pioneer, LeBell has studied almost every fighting style imaginable, from taekwondo to boxing otka rate. But LeBell was particularly fond of grappling, excelling at both judo and jujitsu. The man was a two-time national heavyweight judo champion, taught Bruce Lee how to grapple, and currently serves as a mentor to UFC megastar Ronda Rousey. LeBell also competed in the first televised MMA fight in American history, when he used his ground game against boxer Milo Savage in 1963. So, he’s tough for real.

 

LeBell also worked as an actor and a stuntman, appearing in over 1,000 films and TV shows. He was the fight choreographer on Out for Justice, an action movie starring Steven Seagal. During filming, Seagal allegedly said no one in the world could choke him out, claiming he had a special move that prevented anyone from putting him to sleep. Naturally, Gene accepted the challenge, and the two guys went at it. Within seconds, LeBell had Seagal in a rear-naked choke. And that’s when the aikido master supposedly pulled out his super-secret, special trick move—a karate strike to LeBell’s balls. To be fair, we would definitely break the hold if he did that to us.

 

Despite the low blow, LeBell held on — soon, Seagal was out like a light. On top of that, the actor reportedly had a bizarre reaction to being choked out. According to LeBell, Seagal must’ve had a big meal before the match, because the unconscious star suddenly soiled himself. Obviously, Seagal denies the fight ever took place, but according to the “Godfather of Grappling,” Seagal was a truly crappy fighter.

 

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Steven Seagal has battled all sorts of bad guys on the silver screen, from terrorists to the yakuza. But Seagal has also faced some scary villains in real life, namely the Mafia. In the ’90s, Seagal teamed up with producer Julius R. Nasso (pictured above). Together, the duo made a string of hits, but their relationship soured in 2000. Eventually, the two had a falling out, but things took a dark turn when the Gambino crime family got involved.

 

One day, Seagal was ordered into a car and escorted to a Brooklyn restaurant, where he met an alleged Gambino captain named Anthony “Sonny” Ciccone. According to Seagal, Ciccone ordered him to start working with Nasso again. He also demanded that Seagal fork over $150,000 for every film he made. Evidently, Seagal was so shaken, he gave the gangsters $700,000. The martial artist had every reason to be afraid. As he left the meeting, someone supposedly told Seagal, “If you would have said the wrong thing, they would have killed you.”

 

The scandal came to light in 2003, when the government indicted alleged crime boss Peter Gotti and 16 others for a whole host of crimes. In addition to Seagal’s testimony, the government had recordings of several individuals—including Siccone and Nasso—discussing how they would intimidate Seagal. They even laughed about how they’d scared the movie star. Nasso defended himself by saying Seagal had backed out of several movie deals, and owed him $500,000. Regardless, the producer was sentenced to one year in federal prison. But once a crooked mob guy, always a crooked mob guy — Nasso wanted his cash, and sued Seagal for $60 million. After the producer got out of jail, he settled with the actor for an undisclosed amount of money.

 

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While never a critical darling, Steven Seagal used to pull in some impressive box office numbers. But these days, his films go straight to DVD / Blu-ray / Whatever-Else-The-Kids-Use-By-The-Time-You-Read-This. So what happened to Seagal’s career? Well, he blames his decline on, of all things, the FBI.

 

In 2002, Los Angeles Times reporter Anita Busch was investigating Seagal about Julius Nasso and the whole Mafia mess. But one morning, she found a dead fish, a rose, and a sign that read “Stop!” on her windshield. Plus, there was a brand-new bullet hole, just what her car always wanted. Afraid, Busch informed the FBI, and the feds began investigating Seagal. At first, the FBI thought the actor had hired a detective named Anthony Pellicano to intimidate Busch. They also suspected Seagal of hiring a thug to scare Vanity Fair writer Ned Zeman with a gun.

 

But after digging deeper, the FBI concluded there was no evidence against Seagal. (The actor even took a polygraph to prove his innocence.) Instead, they focused on Pellicano, the private eye who illegally spied on celebrities. And then, Seagal just fell by the wayside. The FBI never charged him, but they didn’t exonerate him either. The actor believes all the notoriety from the Pellicano case majorly harmed his career … and he might have a point. According to one Hollywood publicist, “Steven Seagal was no Harrison Ford when this [scandal] happened. But these accusations certainly hastened his decline.” So it only makes sense that Seagal wants an apology from the FBI. As for Pellicano, he was sentenced to prison in 2008, and it looks like he’ll be behind bars until 2018.

 

 

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Steven Seagal’s hands aren’t just for breaking people’s bodies — they’re also for making sweet, sweet music. Yes, Seagal is a long-time musician who loves him some blues. Whether the blues loves him back is another question entirely.

 

Seagal has been playing guitar since age 12 and heads the Steven Seagal Blues Band. It wasn’t until 2005, however, that Seagal released his first album, Songs From the Crystal Cave. If Bruce Willis’ blues career got your mojo running but you need something fresh, you might dig this. (Might.) It’s straightforward blues, though not nearly as grimy and soulful as B.B. King, Buddy Guy, or John Goodman. In fact, SputnikMusic called Crystal Cave “the Plan 9 From Outer Space of records,” probably due to the lethal combination of Seagal singing exactly like he speaks (mumbly and half-asleep), six-string noodling that’s only slightly more impressive than a tween playing “Louie Louie” at Guitar Center, and Seagal-penned lyrics like “You’re like a ghost / The more you eat, the more you’re hungry / A hungrier ghost.” Ghosts don’t need to eat, Steven. You’d think a spiritual guy like you would know that.

 

But don’t take our word for it — just listen to the music. Here’s “Music,” which we put in quotes because that’s the title, not because it barely qualifies as music. Here’s “Girl, It’s Alright,” which sounds like the first song Jack Johnson ever threw in the trash. Finally, enjoy “Jealousy,” the hungry ghost song. It’s a great high-school-yearbook-quote tune, at the very least.

 

Maybe dancing is more your thing? Here he is doing a Chechen dance — either that or he was being swarmed by gnats. Whatever he’s doing, it’s far more entertaining than Into The Sun.

 

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He’s got Russian citizenship, a willingness to offer his many opinions on a wide variety of subjects, and a measure of celebrity, so it was probably only a matter of time before the Russian government offered Steven Seagal a job — and that time came in August 2018, when it was reported that Seagal had been made a “special envoy for humanitarian ties” with the United States.

 

That’s a fancy-sounding gig, but as the Russian Foreign Ministry noted when announcing Seagal’s appointment, it’s an unpaid position — and one that’s also a little difficult to understand, at least in terms of Seagal actually being able to get anything done. According to the Ministry’s description of the role, the envoy’s job is to “facilitate relations between Russia and the United States in the humanitarian field, including cooperation in culture, arts, public and youth exchanges.”

 

In other words, Seagal’s envoy status could mean nothing at all… or it could mean he’s on his way to the White House to watch his 1988 debut Above the Law with Donald Trump over nachos. As time has repeatedly taught us, anything is possible where Steven Seaga

 

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MLST CELEBRITY AND ENTERTAINMENT:Princess Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell warns Meghan Markle ‘should be careful what she wishes for’

The Queen’s former footman has spoke out about the royal family again – and offered some advice for the Duchess of Sussex

 

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https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/princess-dianas-former-butler-paul-13029791?utm_source=taboola&utm_medium=display&utm_campaign=exchange

 

 

MLST CELEBRITY AND ENTERTAINMENT:Princess Diana’s Last Words Revealed by a Firefighter Who Tried to Save Her Life

The first responder said he thought the royal would survive the deadly car crash 20 years ago.

 

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http://www.bravotv.com/the-daily-dish/princess-dianas-last-words-revealed-by-a-firefighter-at-deadly-car-crash?utm_source=zergnet.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=zergnet_3046898

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MLST NEWS:South African woman found alive in morgue after being pronounced dead

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The unnamed woman is recovering in hospital after showing “no signs of life” following a car crash in which two others died.

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https://news.sky.com/story/south-african-woman-found-alive-in-morgue-after-being-pronounced-dead-11424437

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