Fact Check: Actor Steven Seagal Was NOT Spotted Among Russian Special Forces Near Kyiv

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk
Fact Check: Actor Steven Seagal Was NOT Spotted Among Russian Special Forces Near Kyiv Movie Role

Was American actor Steven Seagal spotted among Russian special forces positioned near Kyiv? No, that's not true: The CNN tweet is fake and the image used of Seagal from the 2016 movie "Cartels."

The claim appeared in a Facebook post (archived here) published by Legally Armed America on February 28, 2022. It opens:

Gonna need a bigger body bag. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸ’€ #stevenseagal #ukraine #russia #legallyarmedamerica

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Mon Feb 28 18:46:53 2022 UTC)

The image shows a tweet that appears to be from the official @CNN account but it is fake. A search of the @CNN official Twitter account did not reveal any record of the tweet.

The fake tweet includes a picture of Seagal in military fatigues with the caption:

Intelligence agencies around the world have spotted American actor Steven Seagal among Russian special forces positioned around the outskirts of Gostomel airfield near Kyiv captured by Russian airborne troops.

The image is from the movie "Cartels." It's available on the Alamy photo agency website with the caption, "CARTELS, (aka KILLING SALAZAR), Steven Seagal, 2016. Β© Lionsgate/courtesy Everett Collection."

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The image was first posted by Joe Rogan on February 28, 2022, to his Instagram account but he subsequently posted a message saying he deleted it after learning it was a parody.

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  Alexis Tereszcuk

Alexis Tereszcuk is a writer and fact checker at Lead Stories and an award-winning journalist who spent over a decade breaking hard news and celebrity scoop with RadarOnline and Us Weekly.

As the Entertainment Editor, she investigated Hollywood stories and conducted interviews with A-list celebrities and reality stars.  

Alexis’ crime reporting earned her spots as a contributor on the Nancy Grace show, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight, among others.

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