Steven Seagal the actor turned deputy sheriff is now facing another potential lawsuit, this time for his role in a March police raid that involved busting up an Arizona manâ€™s house on suspicion of running an illegal cockfighting farm. In the mix of doing his job he is being accused of killing a puppy and hundreds of chickens. Hit the jump to read the rest of the story.
Having overcome last yearâ€™s allegations that he used a former model as his â€œsex toyâ€ and regained his badge, gun, and reality show as Steven Seagal: Lawman, the actor turned deputy sheriff is now facing another potential lawsuit, this time for his role in a March police raid that involved busting up an Arizona manâ€™s house on suspicion of running an illegal cockfighting farm. Shortly after the incident, Seagal explained that the raid on suspect Jesus Lloveraâ€”which involved a Maricopa County Sheriffâ€™s Department team in full riot gear swarming his familyâ€™s home, as Steven Seagal crashed through his gates in a tankâ€”all came about because, as Seagal said to a local TV station, â€œAnimal cruelty is one of my pet peeves.â€ So in order to prevent said animal cruelty, Seagal and his team apparently â€œeuthanizedâ€ the more than 100 roosters it found on Lloveraâ€™s property and, according to a just-filed claim from Llovera, also shot and killed his 11-month-old puppy.
At the time, the use of several armored vehicles, dozens of law enforcement officers, and, of course, Steve Seagal riding in a tank to raid an unarmed chicken farm, level a surrounding wall, and smash out the windows of Lloveraâ€™s home was immediately derided as gross misuse of force and funds, all authorized by self-styled celebrity Sheriff Joe Arpaio in order to play up to the reality TV camerasâ€”an argument that Lloveraâ€™s subsequent minor arrest for â€œsuspicion of cockfightingâ€ did little to quell. Llovera is now finally fighting back, filing the notice of claim as the first step toward a lawsuit that his lawyer says will seek $100,000 in damages and â€œa formal written apologyâ€ from Seagal to Lloveraâ€™s children for killing their puppy. Hereâ€™s hoping that Steven Seagal, puppy-killer, never meets Steven Seagal, guy from Out For Justice, because that dude would be pissed.