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    Portia de Rossi, Julianna Margulies accuse Steven Seagal of sexual harassment

    Australian actress Portia de Rossi is the latest Hollywood star to accuse Steven Seagal of sexual harassment after Julianna Margulies comes forward to recount a similar "casting couch" encounter with the action star.

    Australian actress Portia de Rossi is the latest Hollywood star to accuse Steven Seagal of sexual harassment.

    De Rossi took to Twitter to describe the incident, which took place during an audition in Seagal's office.

    "He told me how important it was to have chemistry off-screen as he sat me down and unzipped his leather pants," she said.

    "I ran out and called my agent. Unfazed, she replied, 'well, I didn't know if he was your type.'"

    The allegation came just after Julianna Margulies described a similar encounter with Seagal at his New York hotel room, local media reported.

    The Good Wife actor told Jenny Hutt on her Serious XM's Just Jenny show she had been sent to Seagal's hotel room by a female casting agent to go over a scene.

    Margulies, who was 23 at the time, alleges she had arrived at the hotel room about 10:40pm and discovered the casting director was not there.

    "And he [Seagal] was … alone. And he made sure that I saw his gun, which I had never seen a gun in real life," she said.

    She said that she got out of there "unscathed" and said she "sorta screamed my way out".

    The ABC has contacted representatives for Seagal for comment but has not received a response.

    Margulies also told of an encounter with Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in 1996, where she had been invited to have a meeting in his hotel room to discuss a film.

    After her encounter with Seagal, Margulies asked for a woman to accompany her to Weinstein's room.

    "And he opened the door in a bathrobe. I could see that there were candles lit in the room, and there was a dinner for two," she said.

    "And I saw him stare at her, daggers."

    Margulies said Weinstein looked furious, saying he just wanted to say "good audition" before slamming the door.

    Seagal and Weinstein are among a number of Hollywood figures to face allegations of misusing their power to harass actors and staff, a list that includes actor Kevin Spacey, Oscar-winner Dustin Hoffman and writer-director James Toback.

    Repercussions have been swift after the allegations against Weinstein and Spacey surfaced.

    Weinstein was fired from the company he founded within days after initial reports of sexual harassment were published and Netflix cut ties with Spacey after allegations surfaced that he made a sexual advance on actor Anthony Rapp in 1986 when he was 14.

    And Oscar-winning actor Christopher Plummer is reshooting all of Spacey's scenes in the Ridley Scott film All The Money in the World, which is due for release on December 22.


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