Steven Seagal sued for second time for non-payment of debt

Updated: Jan 13, 2012, 12:36 PM IST

New York: Steven Seagal has landed himself in a lawsuit for the second time, after he failed to pay a 500,000-dollar debt to his mobbed-up former business partner.

According to the court papers filed, film producer Julius Nasso claims that Seagal, whose 1992 action-thriller ‘Under Siege’ grossed an estimated 156 million dollars worldwide stiffed him on two instalment payments of 50,000 dollars each last year.

Nasso, of Staten Island, said that he has made “numerous attempts” to collect the money, which the actor agreed to pay to dissolve their film-production companies in 2007.

That deal also required Seagal to seek a pardon for Nasso’s 2003 conviction for trying to shake down the actor with the help of Mafia goons, for which Nasso served a year in jail.

Nasso’s Manhattan federal court suit demands payment of the unpaid 100,000 dollars plus 10 percent interest for “breach of settlement agreement,” a leading daily reported.

It also notes that a similar suit filed in 2010 against Seagal and his Steamroller Productions was “eventually resolved,” but “only after significant legal expense.”

“Considering the prior breaches by the defendants...we respectfully request that this court order that the outstanding and remaining payments under the agreement are now due, totalling 200,000 dollars,” the court papers read.