Actor Steven Seagal is seeking an apology from the Federal Bureau Of Investigation (FBI), for allegedly harming his career by implicating he hired a private detective to intimidate journalists from writing unflattering stories about him.
The 56-year-old has made 12 movies since 2001′s Exit Wounds – all have been released directly onto DVD, bypassing cinemas, and Seagal is convinced the leaked release of an October 2002 FBI affidavit linking him to the mob is responsible for his decline in popularity.
The affidavit detailed how Seagal hired private eye Anthony Pellicano to threaten reporters, before the investigation focused entirely on Pellicano, who is now in prison awaiting a trial on charges including wire-tapping,
But Seagal has never been publicly cleared by the FBI, and the actor wants this done so his reputation is immediately restored, reports the Los Angeles Times.
“False FBI accusations fuelled thousands of articles saying that I terrorise journalists and associate with the Mafia,” he recently said. “These kinds of inflammatory allegations scare studio heads and independent producers – and kill careers.”
He added: “I was sick of hearing my name associated with a crime the government knew I had nothing to do with. Until it happens to you, you can’t imagine what it does to your life.”
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