Phoenix's independent source of local news and culture. Feathered Bastard. Stephen Lemons March 18, PM. According to beefy action film star Steven Seagal's former "boss," Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell NormandSeagal is not "on loan" from Jefferson Parish, as Seagal asserted recently after a massive MCSO raid on a home in Laveenwhere one -- count him, one -- suspect was nabbed for his alleged involvement in raising roosters for the purposes of cockfighting.
This directly contradicts Seagal's statement to the press at the Laveen "cockfight" bust, after Sheriff Joe Arpaio identified Seagal as a member of Arpaio's posse. In her lawsuit, ex-swimsuit model Kayden Nguyen accused Seagal of sex trafficking and creating a hostile work environment by groping her and making unwanted sexual advances toward her.
The complaint, which has since been droppedstated that she was hired through a Craigslist ad to be Seagal's executive assistant as Seagal filmed his reality show in Jefferson Parish, just outside of New Orleans. Supposedly, she was to take the place of one of two female Russian masseuses, as one of them had recently left Seagal's employ. The lawsuit is bursting with salacious details, all of which Seagal's lawyer has denied to the press, claiming that Nguyen had been fired from her position for illicit drug use.
No criminal charges were ever filed in the Seagal-Nguyen case.
Here's one of the more tawdry episodes in the complaint, courtesy of TMZ. After the allegations in the lawsuit were made public, Sheriff Normand called a halt to the filming of Steven Seagal: Lawman. According to published reportsSeagal and actor Lou Ferrigno were sworn into the sheriff's immigration posse in November. If, like O'Neal, the person had been a peace officer elsewhere, he or she would still have to be appointed by a local law enforcement agency, and undergo various tests and a background checks.
This is unlike in Jefferson Parish, where Seagal was a reserve officer and had been grandfathered in to Louisiana POST, as he'd been a commissioned deputy for many years. At the Laveen cockfight bust, Seagal reportedly bragged about "breaking down the gate to the home the sheriff's officers raided. Posse members are supposed to operate merely in a support capacity, but the MCSO has been willing to exploit any legal gray area available to them on the issue in the past.
Mann declined to render an opinion on Seagal's supposedly breaking down that gate in Laveen. One thing seems clear, Seagal does not have the authority that he once had in Jefferson Parish, that of a peace officer. According to Jefferson Parish, that authority ceased once he reed. the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.
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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times. Contact: Stephen Lemons.
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