Julianna Margulies: I ‘Screamed’ My Way Out of Steven Seagal Hotel Encounter

Actress Julianna Margulies says she narrowly avoided possible sexual abuse at the hands of Steven Seagal when she was lured to his hotel room at the age of 23. Speaking to Sirius XM’s Jenny Hutt on Friday, the Good Wife star said a female casting director asked her to go to Seagal’s hotel room late at night to go over a scene as part of a casting decision. When she got there, she said, the casting director was nowhere to be found, but Seagal was there—with his gun. “And he made sure that I saw his gun, which I had never seen a gun in real life. And I got out of there unscathed … I never was raped. And I never was harmed. And I don’t know how I got out of that hotel room … I sorta screamed my way out,” she said. Margulies said a similar incident later occurred with disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, but on that occasion she had a woman accompany her. Weinstein “opened the door in a bathrobe,” she said, adding that “there were candles lit in the room” and a “dinner for two.” Once he realized the two wouldn’t be alone, however, he angrily slammed the door, she said.