A popular Hollywood blog known for publishing “blind items” — salacious allegations about celebrities wherein those involved are hinted at, but not named — has been revealing the names referenced in several of its previous blind items.
In the past few weeks, this particular blog has been building a reputation for accuracy. For example, similar details of current allegations against Harvey Weinstein, Sylvester Stallone, Kevin Spacey, and others had appeared in its former blind items.
Friday morning, the blog reprinted a particularly violent, horrifying blind item it had published in 2012. The blog is now naming the celebrity referred to in that blind item as being actor Steven Seagal.
In the early 2000s, Steven Seagal’s career rapidly devolved from high-budget theatrical releases to low-budget, straight-to-video movies. Friday’s revealed blind item asserts that Seagal’s career collapsed back then because he was accused of “severely” beating a 13-year-old girl while filming a movie in a foreign country.
The blind item revealed that Seagal “got caught in another country with a 13 year old [sic] girl while making one of his movies. This was not the first time he had been caught, but this was the most serious because this girl was also hurt very badly. Our actor had been drunk and had beaten the girl really severely.”
“In this particular country 13 was a legal age of consent so the police there did nothing to him, but the producers were scared out of their minds about this getting out because they had a lot of their own money invested in the movie,” the site alleges. “So, they covered it up. They paid a huge bribe to everyone they could and the movie made them their money back. They refused to work with the actor again though and told everyone why.” [Emphasis added]
On Steven Seagal’s Internet Movie Database (IMDb) page, his filmography shows that he appeared in the theatrical release Half Past Dead in 2002, part of which was filmed in Germany.
A trivia item on IMDb regarding Half Past Dead notes: “This was Steven Seagal‘s last film to be given a theatrical release until … Machete (2010). All of his other films in between were released directly to video.”
That Seagal clearly had a change of fortunes regarding which roles he was able to book could imply that the beating allegation was widely known among Hollywood producers—and that no one was willing or able to present actionable evidence to authorities.