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Steven Seagal Lawsuit: Actor, Arizona Sheriff's Office Sued

Steven Seagal

03/ 8/12 08:42 AM ET  AP

PHOENIX -- Actor Steven Seagal and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office are being sued over a 2011 arrest that a Phoenix-area man says was staged for a reality TV show.

Jesus Llovera says Seagal and deputies unlawfully raided his home because they thought Llovera was raising fighting roosters.

Llovera says the birds on his property were for show and not for fighting.

The civil suit asks for a jury to determine unspecified monetary damages.

The Sheriff's Office insists in court documents that the use of a tank, a bomb robot and 40 deputies was part of its normal course of duties.

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