George Takei denies groping allegation

George Takei has been accused of sexually assaulting a former model back in 1981. The account from Scott R. Brunton was published in The Hollywood Reporter on Friday, and it details an alleged encounter with Takei, most famous for playing Hikaru Sulu on “Star Trek,” when Brunton was 23 years old.

According to Brunton, he had become friends with Takei in 1981 when the actor was in his early 40s. After Brunton broke up with his boyfriend, he says Takei called to help comfort him and invite him to dinner. After dinner and a show, the two went back to Takei’s condo for drinks.

“We have the drink and he asks if I would like another,” Brunton told THR. “And I said sure. So, I have the second one, and then all of a sudden, I begin feeling very disoriented and dizzy, and I thought I was going to pass out.”

Brunton says he then sat down on a bean bag chair and passed out. From THR:

“The next thing I remember I was coming to and he had my pants down around my ankles and he was groping my crotch and trying to get my underwear off and feeling me up at the same time, trying to get his hands down my underwear,” Brunton says. “I came to and said, ‘What are you doing?!’ I said, ‘I don’t want to do this.’ He goes, ‘You need to relax. I am just trying to make you comfortable. Get comfortable.’ And I said, ‘No. I don’t want to do this.’ And I pushed him off and he said, ‘OK, fine.’ And I said I am going to go and he said, ‘If you feel you must. You’re in no condition to drive.’ I said, ‘I don’t care I want to go.’ So I managed to get my pants up and compose myself and I was just shocked. I walked out and went to my car until I felt well enough to drive home, and that was that.”

At the time of publication, Takei’s rep said the actor was traveling and couldn’t be reached for comment. On Saturday morning, he responded via Twitter:

Friends,

I’m writing to respond to the accusations made by Scott R. Bruton. I want to assure you all that I am as shocked and bewildered at these claims as you must feel reading them. The events he describes back in the 1980s simply did not occur, and I do not know why he has claimed them now. I have wracked my brain to ask if I remember Mr. Brunton, and I cannot say I do. But I do take these claims very seriously, and I wanted to provide my response thoughtfully and not out of the moment. Right now it is a he said / he said situation, over alleged events nearly 40 years ago. But those that know me understand that non-consensual acts are so antithetical to my values and my practices, the very idea that someone would accuse me of this is quite personally painful. Brad, who is 100 percent beside me on this, as my life partner of more than 30 years and now my husband, stands fully by my side. I cannot tell you how vital it has been to have his unwavering support and love in these difficult times. Thanks to many of you for all the kind words and trust. It means so much to us.

Yours in gratitude,

George

For what it’s worth, THR says they spoke with several of Burton’s friends who claim he told them about the alleged assault years ago. It feels disingenuous of the 80-year-old to say he doesn’t know why this allegation would be made now. It seem pretty obvious that since the stories about Harvey Weinstein broke, people who feared speaking out for years, decades even, now finally feel comfortable talking about being sexually harassed or assaulted.

UPDATE 11/12, 12:25 P.M.: Takei now apparently believes the Russians are out to get him.

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“A friend sent me this. It is a chart of what Russian bots have been doing to amplify stories containing the allegations against me,” Takei said in a now-deleted tweet. “It’s clear they want to cow me into silence, but do not fear, friends. I won’t succumb to that.”

George, what are you doing?

[Photo: Getty]

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