Julianna Margulies says Steven Seagal and Harvey Weinstein tried to sexually harass her

Actress Julianna Margulies has added her own frightening experiences with Harvey Weinstein and Steven Seagal to the cascade of allegations of sexual harassment and assault in the entertainment world.

In a Friday interview on SiriusXM’s “Just Jenny,” the “Good Wife” star talked about two troubling encounters with Seagal and Weinstein earlier in her career.

When she was 23, Margulies said, a female casting director sent her to Seagal’s apartment at 10 p.m. to read a scene. The casting director pushed past the actress’s objections by offering to reimburse the cab fare and promising that she would be present as well. But when Margulies arrived later that night, she said she found herself alone with the action movie star.

“She set me up,” Margulies said of the woman who arranged the audition.

The encounter with Seagal quickly turned threatening, the actress recalled. “He made sure that I saw his gun, which I’d never seen a gun in real life,” Margulies said. “I got out of there unscathed. ... I don’t know how I got out of that hotel room. ... I sort of squirmed my way out.”

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She said Seagal tried to turn the supposed audition into a sexual encounter with a tactic also allegedly practiced by Weinstein. “It always starts with ‘I’m a healer, I wanna massage you,’” she said. 

Several years later, in 1996, Margulies said she was invited to meet with Weinstein. She said another woman brought her to the hotel, promising that if she met with the film producer she’d be given a screen test for a possibly award-winning role in a major movie. After her disturbing encounter with Seagal, however, Margulies was wary.

“I said, ‘I’m not going up there alone’ ― because of the Seagal experience and because I had a career,” said Margulies, who was on the hit show “ER” at the time. 

After the actress insisted she would go home if the other woman didn’t join her, the two of them went to Weinstein’s hotel room together.

“He opened the door in a bathrobe,” Margulies recalled. “I could see that there were candles lit in the room, and there was a dinner for two. And I saw him stare at her, daggers.” She turned to the other woman and “caught her in a shrug, like, ‘What could I do?’”

Weinstein looked “furious,” Margulies said. He told her, “Just wanted to say, ‘Good audition,’” and then slammed the door, she said. She did not get the part.

Related: Margulies over the years 

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NEW YORK - JULY 24: 'Innocents' -- Alicia argues a complex museum vandalism case that involves photographs a mother took of her son, and considers enlisting the help of investigator Jason Crouse (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). Also, Cary must deal with partner Howard Lyman's inappropriate conduct towards the younger associates at the offices of Lockhart, Agos & Lee, on THE GOOD WIFE, Sunday, Oct. 11 (9:30-10:30 PM, ET, 9:00-10:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick (Photo by Paul Sarkis/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 21: Actress Julianna Margulies attends the 31st annual Artios Awards at Hard Rock Cafe, Times Square on January 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 08: Julianna Margulies attends 'The Good Wife' during AOL Build speaker series at AOL Studios In New York on January 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 21: Actress Julianna Margulies attends 31st Annual Artios Awards Hard Rock Cafe, Times Square on January 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 08: Julianna Margulies attends the AOL BUILD Series at AOL Studios In New York on January 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: (L-R) Julianna Margulies and Keith Lieberthal attend the Michael J. Fox Foundation's 'A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson's' Gala at The Waldorf=Astoria on November 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Actress Julianna Margulies attends the 2015 New York Stage and Film Gala at The Plaza Hotel on November 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 08: Julianna Margulies attends the AOL BUILD Series at AOL Studios In New York on January 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Actress Julianna Margulies attends the 2015 New York Stage And Film Gala at The Plaza Hotel on November 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: Actor Julianna Margulies attends the 17th Annual Project A.L.S. New York City Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on October 28, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 04: Actress Julianna Margulies speaks on stage during day 3 of The New Yorker Festival 2015 at SVA Theater on October 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for The New Yorker)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0340 -- Pictured: Actress Julianna Margulies on September 30, 2015 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 13: 'Taxed' -- Alicia clashes with the bond court judge when she agrees to support a client's plea of innocence in a shoplifting case. Also, Diane is coerced by her client's counsel, Ethan Carver (Peter Gallagher), to argue against her own beliefs in a case about physician assisted suicide, on THE GOOD WIFE, Sunday, Oct. 25 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET, 9:00-10:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick (Photo by Jeffrey Neira/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 13: 'Taxed' -- Alicia clashes with the bond court judge when she agrees to support a client's plea of innocence in a shoplifting case. Also, Diane is coerced by her client's counsel, Ethan Carver (Peter Gallagher), to argue against her own beliefs in a case about physician assisted suicide, on THE GOOD WIFE, Sunday, Oct. 25 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET, 9:00-10:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured (L-R) Cush Jumbo as Lucca Quinn and Rob Bartlett as Bernie Bukovitz and Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick (Photo by Jeffrey Neira/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 13: 'Taxed' -- Alicia clashes with the bond court judge when she agrees to support a client's plea of innocence in a shoplifting case. Also, Diane is coerced by her client's counsel, Ethan Carver (Peter Gallagher), to argue against her own beliefs in a case about physician assisted suicide, on THE GOOD WIFE, Sunday, Oct. 25 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET, 9:00-10:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured Christopher McDonald as Judge Don Schakowsky and Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick (Photo by Jeffrey Neira/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 4: 'Cooked' -- Alicia and Lucca work together on a complicated court case involving a designer drug dealer. Also, Eli encourages Alicia and Veronica (Stockard Channing) to participate in a mother/daughter cooking show to help Peter's campaign, with disastrous results, on THE GOOD WIFE, Sunday, Oct. 18 (9:30-10:30 PM, ET/9:00-10:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network . Pictured (L-R) Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick and Lesli Margherita as Mama Jill (Photo by Jojo Whilden/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25: Julianna Margulies attends the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Graves/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25: Julianna Margulies and Keith Lieberthal attend the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Graves/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 09: Julianna Margulies and Keith Lieberthal attend The Public Theater's Annual Gala at the Delacorte Theater on June 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK - JUNE 01: Julianna Margulies attends the 2015 CFDA Awards at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on June 1, 2015 in New York City. PHOTOGRAPH BY Photo Image Press / Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Photo Image Press / Barcroft Med via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Julianna Margulies attends Bravo Presents a Special Screening of 'Odd Mom Out' at Florence Gould Hall on June 3, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Julianna Margulies and Keith LieberthalJul attend Bravo's screening of 'Odd Mom Out' at Florence Gould Hall on June 3, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 01: Julianna Margulies attends the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on June 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 01: Actress Julianna Margulies and husband attorney Keith Lieberthal attend the ceremony honoring Julianna Margulies with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 1, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14: Julianna Margulies leaves 'The Late Show with David Letterman' at the Ed Sullivan Theater on May 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 01: Actress Julianna Margulies and son Kieran Lindsay Lieberthal attend the ceremony honoring Julianna Margulies with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 1, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 01: Actress Julianna Margulies is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 1, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 01: (L-R) Actors Michael J. Fox, Julianna Margulies and President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Corporation Leslie Moonves attend the ceremony honoring Julianna Margulies with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 1, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
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Margulies joins a list of more than 50 women who have stepped forward to accuse Weinstein of sexual misconduct, with allegations ranging from attempted harassment to rape. Following two explosive exposés in The New York Times and The New Yorker, and numerous additional women then stepping forward to share similar experiences, Weinstein was fired from the Weinstein Company, which he co-founded with his brother, and expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Police departments in Los Angeles and London are reportedly investigating rape allegations made against him. The New York Police Department confirmed on Friday that it has been gathering evidence for a “credible rape allegation,” which could lead to his arrest.

Seagal has previously been accused of inappropriate conduct as well. In 1998, actress Jenny McCarthy discussed leaving an audition distraught after Seagal repeatedly insisted that she undress. In 2010, he was sued for sexual harassment by a former assistant who claimed in the lawsuit that he had used her as a “sex toy.” The lawsuit was later dropped. In October of this year, “Inside Edition” correspondent and actress Lisa Guerrero said she was repeatedly pressured to audition alone with Seagal at his home for a role in the 1997 movie “Fire Down Below.”

During Friday’s interview, Margulies said the recent wave of public allegations led her to realize that she’d “swept everything under the rug. You shrug it off as that’s just Hollywood.”

She also pointed to the role of some women in enabling predatory male behavior, noting that she was introduced to both situations by other women in the business.

“We have to start holding these people accountable,” Margulies said. “These women were leading me to the lion’s den.”

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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