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Steven Seagal and Ariz. sheriff's office sued over reality TV arrest

Actor Steven Seagal arrives at the 2008 JCPenney Asian Excellence Awards on April 23, 2008, in Los Angeles. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

(CBS/AP) 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 the actor's reality TV show "Steven Seagal: Lawman."

Jesus Llovera says Seagal and the Maricopa County SWAT team unlawfully raided his home because they thought Llovera was raising fighting roosters. According to Llovera, 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 was participating in the creation of the reality TV show that followed the action-movie actor's exploits as a deputized officer, reports The Arizona Republic.

The department 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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