Actor Seagal Faces Suit Over Debt to 'Mafia'-backed Former Partner

Seagal reportedly owes
his former producer
half a million dollars.
From the UK's Mail Online we learn more about the still-ongoing lawsuit between Steven Seagal, the martial arts actor accused of failing to repay the $500,000 he allegedly owes a film producer, Julius Nasso.

"In 2002 Nasso sued his Seagal for $60 million, claiming he backed out on four planned action films," the article reports."The flamboyant star claimed he walked because the violent movies were at odds with his Buddhist religious belief.
"However he would later testify that after breaking ties with Nasso he was shaken down by soliders from the Gambino mafia family in the back room of a Brooklyn steakhouse.
"He said a reputed mob captain told him he would be sorry if he did not start working with Nasso again, and that he would also have to pay an extra $150,000 per movie.

"The mobsters were caught laughing about the incident on an FBI wiretap.

"Nasso was indicted in a massive racketeering case that pulled in big gangland names and in 2003 pled guilty to extortion. He served a year in prison."

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