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George Takei Denies Sexual Assault Allegation

Otter Lee November 13, 2017 November 13th, 2017 George Takei Sexual Assault Allegations

Amid the many recent accusations of sexual assault that have been rocking Hollywood, George Takei–the Japanese-American actor who originated the role of Hikaru Sulu in the Star Trek franchise–is the latest. A member of the gay community, Takei has been an outspoken advocate for LBGTQ rights as well as diversity, representation, and the spread of Japanese-American history. His social media pages have garnered millions of followers, and are known for their sassy, absurd posts and memes.

Takei’s accuser is Scott R. Brunton, a former actor and model who claims that Takei drugged and sexually assaulted him in 1981.

Brunton told the Hollywood Reporter that he met Takei at a club and began hanging out with the star. He says Takei became a closer friend after he broke up with his boyfriend.

“It was totally platonic,” he recalls. “I thought it was cool that he thought enough of me to give me a sympathetic ear. I had no interest in him and he knew that, or he should have. He was so not my type. He was 20 years older than me.” One night, after dinner & a show, Brunton says he went back to Takei’s condo for drinks. After two cocktails, he says he went began to “feel terrible, like [he] was going to pass out,” and the last thing he remembers before losing consciousness Takei guiding him to a yellow bean bag chair.

Brunton describes coming to, implying that Takei spiked his drink:  “He is on top of me and has my pants pulled down around my ankles and his hands are trying to get my underwear off. I said, ‘What are you doing? I don’t want this.’ He says, ‘You need to relax. I’m just trying to make you comfortable … And I said, ‘No, I don’t want this.’ I pushed him off and said I was going.”

Brunton says that the entire incident caused him to leave the city of Los Angeles and move to Oregon. He thought about confronting Takei at a book signing, but admits he was scared. He has told friends of the night, but wasn’t inspired to go forward with his story until he saw how Takei responded to Kevin Spacey’s sexual misconduct scandal.

“When he started in on Kevin Spacey, I thought, ‘Oh my God, the hypocrisy,'” he said. “This is the classic case of the pot calling the kettle black. I realize all that George has done for the LGBTQ community and how he is a pillar of our community but, as you know, people have dark sides.”

Takei responded in a five part tweet, where he completely denied all allegations, and declared that he did not even remember meeting Bruton.

An interview between Takei and radio personality Howard Stern has surfaced that many find disturbing.  When Stern plain out asks if Takei has ever “grabbed somebody by the cock against their will,” Takei hesitates before saying that some times people were “skittish” and he might try to “persuade” them. He admits to groping and touching men in his home, but goes out of his way to say he never thought such contact was nonconsensual or an abuse of his celebrity.

Later, Takei would tweet that he believed Russian bots were responsible for making a bigger deal of the accusation and spreading it. The tweet was later deleted.

Brunton has responded to Takei’s denial: “He gave me two drinks laced with something and he can’t remember that? I understand why he is not owning up to it. I was hoping other people who he may have done this too also would come forward. I was hoping he would do a full Louis C.K. and … admit it, but I guess not.”

Via CNN