Roy Horn from Siegfried & Roy is LIVID over video footage currently being shopped to media outlets -- depicting the Vegas icon sexually assaulting his caretakers -- and now, he's threatening legal action if the tapes aren't turned over.
TMZ broke the story ... some disturbing video of Roy -- who's been going through rehab since a tiger mauled him in 2003 -- surfaced recently, showing Roy groping his caretakers against their will. The video is now being shopped around to the highest bidder.
We've seen the 2010 footage -- and it shows several instances of inappropriate behavior ... including Roy forcibly kissing a caretaker, grabbing two caretakers' penises, tweaking one's nipples ... and more.
Now, Roy's legal team is on the offensive -- firing off a cease and desist letter to the caretaker allegedly behind the tape deal, demanding the footage be turned over STAT.
According to the letter, the caretaker in question signed confidentiality agreements with Roy before his employment, and those agreements prohibit any kind of surreptitious video recording. It's interesting, because we're told Roy was the one who wanted the cameras because he thought people were stealing from him.
Roy claims the agreements also prohibit sharing such recordings with the media.
If the tapes aren't turned over stat -- Roy says he'll make the caretaker's life a legal hell.
Siegfried and Roy
VIDEO Of Roy Horn
Sexually Assaulting Staff
5/24/2012 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A graphic video showing Roy Horn of Siegfried and Roy groping employees, grabbing their junk and squeezing their nipples is being shopped ... TMZ has learned.
We have seen the video, and it's extremely disturbing. Roy -- who was mauled by a tiger in 2003 -- has been going through rehab to strengthen his left side. But the physical therapists tell us, Roy's right side is "extremely strong," and the video clearly shows Roy sexually assaulting the male therapists.
The video -- shot in 2010 -- shows the following:
-- As a caretaker helps Roy to the bathroom, Horn shoves his hand into the man's butt crack in an aggressive manner
-- On another trip to the bathroom, Roy thrusts his rear end into the male caretaker's crotch
-- In two clips, Roy grabs the genitals of two male caretakers
-- Roy goes under the shirt of one caretaker and appears to tweak his nipples. The caretaker appears to writhe in pain
-- It appears Roy gets frustrated with one of the caretakers and violently whips him with an oxygen tube
-- Roy manhandles one of the caretakers and forcibly kisses him on the mouth
The 3 male caretakers in the video tell TMZ they are all straight and have families. They have sued Roy in Nevada court for the alleged sexual assaults.
The caretakers also tell us they went to the cops recently to file a crime report but were told the 1-year criminal statute of limitations had run out.
We reached out to Roy -- so far, no comment.
Siegfried & Roy
Do Bette Midler
2/21/2008 2:36 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Siegfried Fischbacher (left) and Roy Horn (right) navigated their way around the Las Vegas scene last night at the premiere of Bette Midler's new show.
In 2003, Siegfried and Roy ended their long-running Vegas act after Roy was bitten on the neck by their white tiger, Montecore. The performing partners plan to stage a one-night only comeback next February to raise money for the Lou Ruvo Brain Institute.