Kelly LeBrock pities her controversial ex-husband Steven Seagal, calling him a Hollywood tragedy.
“I’m sorry for the man,” the 61-year-old actress told Page Six in a recent interview about Seagal, who many women accused of sexual misconduct for decades.
“I think he’s just a very sad person and he’s what I would call a Hollywood tragedy,” she said, adding: “I think he was very bullied when ‘he was a child, very sickly, very weak and I guess people who are treated that way when they are children get lost as they get older.:
“I wish him the best.”
The couple was married from 1987 to 1996 and share three children together, daughters Annaliza and Arissa and son Dominic.
Seagal, 69, who is a martial arts instructor turned action star, has been mired in controversy for years. In 2018, two women charged the actor with sexual assault – one reportedly took place in 1993 and the other in 2002 – but both cases fell outside the statute of limitations and they filed no charges against the actor.
Eleven other women, including actresses Jenny McCarthy, Portia de Rossi, Julianna Margulies, also accused the actor of sexual misconduct.
He also has Russian roots in his family and is a staunch supporter of Vladimir Putin. In 2018, Russia appointed him as Special Envoy for Humanitarian Ties with the United States.
After LeBrock divorced Seagal, she left Hollywood to live on a ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley in California.
“You know, I’ve never been in awe of being famous or fabulous,” she told us. “Every day, I got up and did my job, didn’t think I was a pretty lady or any of that nonsense. I’ve never been impressed with myself. I think I am pretty normal.“
LeBrock rose to fame for starring in an iconic Pantene commercial.
She made her modeling debut and her big breakup came at the age of 19 with a 24-page run in Vogue magazine, followed by a contract with Christian Dior and the infamous Pantene commercial in which she intoned: “Don’t hate me for being ‘I’m beautiful.”
“I didn’t hate it,” she says of ’80s advertising, which has become a pop culture phenomenon. “I just thought it was ridiculous. When I got up for the reading, I looked at them and I said, “I can’t say that,” and I started to walk down the hall and the woman said, “You are here now, why? don’t you just say it? ‘I said it, and it was ironic.“
She went on to star in “The Woman in Red” alongside Gene Wilder and in John Hughes’ teen comedy “Weird Science”. After a very long sabbatical, LeBrock is back on screen as a gangster’s ex-wife in ‘Tomorrow’s Today’ comedy, but she’s not sure whether she is back in Hollywood to stay there.
“Who knows, quite honestly, I just want to get married and stay home,” she said. “I have my beautiful grandchildren and they are right here and they are amazing. My life is busy.“
“I met a wonderful man who I really respect and I’m in love for the first time in a very long time. And he’s brilliant too. He’s a neurologist and one of the best in the country and it’s really nice to have someone smart to talk to.“