Steven Seagal’s proficiency in martial arts was questioned by Charlize Theron, who has performed her own stunts in a number of action movies.
Actor Steven Seagal has drawn criticism from Charlize Theron, who challenges his skill in the martial arts and asserts that “he’s not very nice to women.”
When advertising her most recent action film, The Old Guard, on Howard Stern’s radio show, the 44-year-old actress claimed she trains for her action flicks by watching old battle movies and has regularly come across one of Seagal, who has claimed to hold a black belt in karate.
“At night, I’ll go online to watch fighters or people fight, and you constantly come across that strange Seagal video of him ‘fighting,’ but he actually isn’t, in Japan,” she alleged.
He is simply really aggressive and overweight, she said. Due to his weight, he finds it difficult to fight. Look at that; it’s ridiculous. He is shoving people in the face. The scene is prepared.
The Mad Max: Fury Road actress defended her criticism of Seagal, 68, by saying, “I have no problem talking s—- about him because he’s not very friendly to women so f—- you!”
A spokesperson for Seagal did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
The way that Seagal treats women has come under scrutiny in the past.
A number of women have accused the actor of sexual harassment and other crimes, including Portia de Rossi, Julianna Margulies, Jenny McCarthy, and Inside Edition contributor Lisa Guerrero.
In addition, Regina Simons, an extra in his 1994 film On Deadly Ground, accused him of rape in 2018. She claimed that the alleged rape occurred in 1993 when Seagal invited her, when she was 18 years old, to a wrap party for the movie at his Beverly Hills home, according to TheWrap.
Dutch model Faviola Dadis wrote a statement on Instagram accusing the actor of sexually abusing her at a 2002 audition after de Rossi came forward with her own allegations.
All of Seagal’s accusations have been proven false.