Steven Seagal hired to control US-Mexico border
Steven Seagal has been hired to control the United States - Mexico border and it's not for the actor's reality series.
The actor was sworn in as a deputy with the sheriff's office in Hudspeth County, Texas this week. According to the San Antonio Express, Seagal personally reached out to the office several months ago seeking employment.
"It became very clear to me that Mr. Seagal is not in this for the celebrity or the publicity," Sheriff Arvin West told the local news outlet. "He's like the rest of us that live down here; he has a sincere passion for his country and he wants to do more to help."
The 59-year-old actor, who is trained in Aikido has been a trained peace officer for more than 20-years, which was the basis for his A&E reality series, "Steven Seagal: Lawman," which followed the actor's work with the sheriff's department of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.
Seagal's work in Texas is not part of his A&E series, but the San Antonio Express hinted that there may be room for spin-off in the future.
Seagal is slated to begin patrolling a 5,500-square-mile area with 98 miles of border next year. His official title will be Deputy Chief to the Chief Deputy. The typical salary for a deputy is $15 an hour.
Seagal's representative had no immediate comment on the reports.
Seagal rose to fame in the late 1980s and early 1990s with his roles in action films such as "Above The Law," "Under Siege" and its 1995 sequel. He also appeared in the movies "Executive Decision" in 1996. In addition to "Steven Seagal: Lawman," which debuted in 2009, the actor starred in the series "Elijah Kane" earlier this year.
In September, Seagal and Arizona authorities denied that a puppy was killed during a raid of a home that was suspected to have been used to raise roosters for illegal cockfighting.
Seagal participated in the operation, which was filmed for his A&E reality show, "Steve Seagal: Lawman."
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said the allegation is "completely without merit" and that Seagal has received harassing calls about the incident following recent media reports.
"The sheriff and Seagal, along with numerous deputies and posse volunteers who were present at the March 9th raid ... say no dog was even injured, much less killed, during the operation," the sheriff's office said in a statement to OnTheRedCarpet.com on Friday, September 2.
Seagal, a longtime supporter of the animal rights group PETA, has not commented publicly. The sheriff's office said the actor considering a defamation lawsuit against his accuser and his lawyer that he is "outraged by the lies and the media attention they are getting."
"I've been called a lot of things in my career, some of them not so kind," it quoted Seagal as saying. "But to be labeled an animal abuser is beyond the pale and that is simply a role I will not accept."