A Phoenix, Ariz., man holds reality-TV lawman Steven Seagal responsible for the death of his puppy!
And now, the man is out for justice – he’s suing the action movie star for $25,000 and an apology to his kids, according to this story out of Phoenix.
The man, Jesus Llovera, alleges that his dog was the victim of an elaborate raid staged by a SWAT team working under the auspices of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department, with whom the swashbuckling Seagal, 59, is working part-time as a deputy. The Department apparently deputized Seagal in order to permit him to film his A&E reality series, “Steven Seagal: Lawman,” in their county.
The dog was reportedly shot to death in the raid, but it’s unclear if Seagal did the shooting, since he was operating a SWAT team tank at the time. How’d the star of movies such as “Under Siege,” “Hard to Kill” and “Out for Justice” wind up driving a tank in a Pheonix raid? It was all in pursuit of an alleged cockfighting ring. Indeed, the raid last March on Llovera’s home revealed it was full of the battling birds, 100 of which had to be euthanized (the rest were removed).
The lawsuit doesn’t mention the fact that Llovera was (allegedly) running an illegal cockfighting organization from his home. Those charges are still pending.
For his part, Seagal told a local TV news crew that he stands by his actions. So does the county sheriff, Joe Arpaio. “I came in on the [tank] and we broke down the gate,” Seagal said. “I deployed out on the side of the house, and guarded one side of the house, to see if anyone would run out.” He didn’t seem to address whether he shot at any dogs.
“I am going to protect my deputies,” Arpaio said, defending his department’s use of heavy weapons, a tank and one of Hollywood’s best-known martial-artists. “If I have to use a SWAT team, I am going to use a SWAT team ready for action in case something goes wrong!”
As for the lawsuit, another member of the department, deputy David Trombi told the TV crew, “That’s a fabrication. That is just a bunch of crap!”
There was no word on whether the incident would become part of the forthcoming new season of “Lawman” on A&E. But we certainly hope so!