Just a small point :
I'm no Seagal fan but I'm not also his "sworn enemy"...
Seagal himself made the fact public, going to the justice and pressing charges against his former associate, declaring he was in league with the mob. He is a famous man, an aikido figure and every thing concerning him, what he says or does, is public domain and interesting for aikidoka and the general public.
Since the beginning of his career, he was involved in hazy stories and many of those were widespread by himself (a non-existent connection with the CIA; his involvement with the Yakuza in Japan; etc...)
I agree I don't see a reason for concerning ourselves so much with him - he's human, he's subject to failures, he should not be a hero figure - but he's in the public eye and subject to a lot of curiosity. Those who have no curiosity, just let it go.
I think that's all.