A Phoenix man says Steven Seagal is responsible for the death of his dog, who was shot and killed after the Under Siege actor drove a tank into the man's home while filming a scene in the reality show Steven Seagal: Lawman.
Jesus Sanchez Llovera was the subject of a raid filmed for the show, an A&E series that chonicles days in the life of Segal as a volunteer reserve deputy sherrif. Llovera's home was raided on suspicion he was running an illegal cockfighting ring.
Llovera alleges that one of the sherrif's deputities who participated in the destructive raid (not Seagal himself) shot and killed his dog, and has filed a $25,000 claim against the sheriff's office for humiliation, emotional distress and property damage. He has also demanded a written apology from the actor.
I've been called a lot of things in my career, some of them not so kind, Seagal said in a statement. But to be labeled an animal abuser is beyond the pale, and that is simply a role I will not accept.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who is also named in the claim, vehemently denies the allegations.
If my deputies, or posseman Seagal for that matter, had done something so awful like shooting a family dog, Sheriff Arpaio said to Fox 5 News in Phoenix, then where are the photos to prove it? Where is there any evidence by Llovera to prove this accusation and why are we only now hearing about it five months later?
Arpaio said that Llovera has ties to a Mexican drug cartel. He also has previous arrests for cockfighting.
Llovero's attorney said his client's property was destroyed and his dog was killed to make good TV for Steven Seagal.
Llovera signed a release after the raid, permitting the footage to be used for the show, but his lawyer insists that he was pressured to do so. Llovera told ABC15 through an interpreter that he would drop the charges if Seagal visits his home to apologize.