Steven Seagal played for pro-Russia separatists over the weekend.
The Hollywood star Steven Seagal played a weekend concert for pro-Russian separatists in the Crimean peninsula over the weekend. Adorned with a flag supporting the seperarists, Segal and his blues band played at a bikers' show held in the city of Sevastopol, home to Putin's Black Sea fleet.
Steven Seagal performing in London in 2007 [Getty/Samir Hussein]
The action star had come under in March after supporting Russia's annexation of the peninsula from Ukraine and he was bumped from the line-up of an Estonian blues festival this summer.
Seagal - the star of Above The Law and Under Siege - had travelled to Crimea because "music unites people". Earlier this year he was quoted as saying President Putin's desire to protect Russians in Crimea was completely reasonable. According to the Guardian, he said he considers Putin "a friend and I'd like to consider him a brother."
RIA Novosti reported that Seagal was handed a t-shirt with Putin's face on it, which he held aloft and thanked the crowd.
Fighting in eastern Ukraine continued to rage on over the weekend, with Ukrainian officials demanding that the insurgents surrender.
Seagal's last movie of note was Robert Rodriguez's 2010 action flick Machete, though he starred alongside Danny Trejo in 2013's Force of Execution.