Steven Seagal won’t face criminal charges related to an accusation of sexual assault that allegedly occurred in 2002.
The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office Friday said it had issued a “declination,” meaning that it won’t prosecute Seagal related to the 2002 incident.
The action-movie star, 66, has been the subject of multiple complaints of sexual misconduct, including accusations from Jenny McCarthy and Portia de Rossi.
A district attorney charge evaluation worksheet, dated Thursday, said an investigation did not yield the evidence to meet the standards of a law pertaining to the statute of limitations. “Therefore, the case is declined due to the expiration of the statute of limitations,” it concludes.
The district attorney did not name the complainant, but Attorney Lisa Bloom said the matter related to her client, former model Faviola Dadis. Dadis says Seagal groped her during a 2002 audition when she was 17.
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In September, Seagal was spared criminal charges related to another accusation of sexual assault alleged to have occurred in 1993, with the DA also citing the statute of limitations. That decision related to the complaint of another Bloom client, Regina Simons, who says Seagal raped her. Simons and Dadis had earlier made public accusations against Seagal.
The district attorney, which confirmed in January that it was looking into those two complaints, said in August that it had opened a second inquiry related to Seagal, although it wasn’t clear whether that was related to Dadis, Simons or a third person.
Bloom released a statement Friday acknowledging the most recent decision was related to the complaint from Dadis. She complained about the inadequate statute-of-limitations law related to sexual assault, particularly as it pertains to evidence requirements, but credited the district attorney’s office for its effort.
“The sole reason for its refusal is the statute of limitations, and California law’s requirement that the victim in this situation (reporting child sexual assault after the age of 21) have independent evidence that clearly and independently corroborates her claims,” she wrote. “We appreciate the DA’s office’s careful review of this case. Its hands are tied by this unfair law which bars the courthouse door even to young women like my client, Faviola Dadis, who is highly credible.”
Bloom’s statement, which argues that the law presumes victims are lying because of the high evidence standard it sets, said the law “fails to recognize that few minors are emotionally ready to seek justice against their rapists until many years later. Instead, it offers rapists a ‘get out of jail free’ card if they simply pass an arbitrary time deadline.”
Bloom praised Dadis and Simons for having “so bravely spoken out about their frightening experiences with Steven Seagal. I hope others will be inspired by their courage, as I am, and not be deterred by this setback.”
USA TODAY has reached out to a Seagal representative for comment.
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