Kayden Nguyen, a 23-year-old former model, has slapped action movie star Steven Seagal with a million dollar lawsuit for sexual harassment, assault and trafficking.
According to Kayden's story, she answered a Craigslist ad for an Executive Assistant position, which she was told entailed performing basic clerical duties for Steven Seagal and his production team in Los Angeles, as well as New Orleans during filming of Steven Segal: Lawman. After being interviewed twice by Steven in the same day, Kayden was told she had the job and to immediately pack her things in order to board a private jet to New Orleans. Nothing was really out of the ordinary until Steven turned to Kayden as the plane was taking off and said, "I'm a family man, and I live with my wife, but she wouldn't care if you were my lover. My wife wouldn't mind if you and I had a sexual relationship." Flirting At Work: When Is It Sexual Harassment?
If that wasn't enough to make Kayden want to grab the nearest parachute and bail out, she certainly had reason to worry when she was told that she would be living in Steven's house. But she said she assumed that the entire production staff would be living there and so decided to take a "wait and see attitude."
That attitude only got her stuck in a "remote, rural" house outside of New Orleans with Steven, his wife and child, the nanny, and two female Russian "attendants," whom Kayden discovered were there to cater to Steven's sexual demands. Apparently, it was one of those girls who recently quit (oh, to be a fly on the wall during that exit interview) and that was the position Kayden was expected to fill. After three harrowing incidents with Steven (including two requests for a "massage" that ended in him attacking and forcibly fondling her) and no response to her complaints or requests to be returned to L.A., Kayden "escaped" by telling Steven that she was going to visit some family members who were visiting from out of town. Kayden fled the house in a cab, leaving behind "everything of value she owned," including clothes, makeup and a laptop, which she claims are basically being held for ransom until she agrees to sign an agreement not to sue.