Steven Seagal: a career in controversy

The actor has recently received the Russian Order of Friendship from Vladimir Putin

Stars Insider

10/04/24 | StarsInsider

CELEBRITY Retrospective

Steven Seagal made his name in cinema as an all-action martial arts hero, his formidable physique lending weight to several very successful early 1990's movies. But as his career progressed, the quality of this work diminished to the point where most of his films post-2000 ended up as direct-to-video releases. Seagal consoled himself in music by touring with his band, before allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced in the wake of the #MeToo movement. The actor denied any wrongdoing, but, already courting controversy, his close links to Russian president Vladimir Putin and his apparent support for the annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014 further distanced Seagal from Hollywood and his fanbase. And in February 2023, he was awarded the Russian Order of Friendship from Putin in recognition of his work supporting the nation. So, what will he do next?

Click through and catch up on Steven Seagal's controversial career.

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