Actor Steven Seagal is being sued by an Arizona man who claims he was under siege in an "overkill" arrest staged for reality TV.
Jesus Llovera, 43, filed a civil lawsuit against Seagal, 59, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, and the county's Board of Supervisors, The Arizona Republic reports.
Llovera claims his March 2011 arrest -- for keeping roosters and chickens on his property, in violation of his probation -- was staged for a reality TV show, A&E's "Steven Seagal: Lawman," according to the Republic.
Seagal, who is also a reserve sheriff's deputy in Louisiana, drove a tank that knocked down a wall during the raid on Jesus Llovera's home, the Steven Seagal lawsuit claims, according to The Huffington Post.
Llovera's 11-month-old dog was shot and killed during the raid. Some of Llovera's 100 roosters were confiscated and euthanized. At one point, a bomb robot was even called in.
It all made for quite a spectacle, and Steven Seagal himself even paraded Llovera in handcuffs in front of TV cameras -- then walked away to do media interviews, Llovera told the Republic. "What they showed up for was to make a show, and they made one," he said.
You can watch part of the raid in this report by Phoenix's KNXV-TV:
Llovera's lawsuit seeks unspecified money damages for the raid, which his lawyer called "overkill" in an attempt to boost ratings. A sheriff's spokesman, however, said the raid would have happened with or without Steven Seagal's film crew.
Probation terms generally allow for searches of a probationer's home without a warrant, but that's not true in every state. In Llovera's arrest, sheriff's deputies did have a proper warrant when they searched Llovera's home, the sheriff's spokesman told the Republic.
Jesus Llovera was charged with raising animals for cockfighting after the raid -- a charge he denies. Llovera filed his Steven Seagal lawsuit on Tuesday.
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