'Star Trek' actor Takei denies he groped model-actor in 1981

Pauline Gross
November 12, 2017

Star Trek icon George Takei has taken to social media to deny an allegation of sexual misconduct that a model/actor claims happened 36 years ago.

Takei, who is now traveling in Japan and Australia, denied Brunton's claims in a Twitter thread Saturday morning, saying, "I want to assure you all that I am as shocked and bewildered at these claims as you must feel reading them". After actor Anthony Rapp accused Kevin Spacey of assault - prompting Spacey to come out as gay - Takei told the Hollywood Reporter that "men who improperly harass or assault do not do so because they are gay or straight - that is a deflection".

Since the allegations dropped in The Hollywood Reporter, Takei has seemingly remained offline and his rep said that she was unable to contact him. They exchanged numbers, he said, and then Takei invited him out and back to his condo after Brunton broke up with a boyfriend. Brunton implied his drink may have been spiked, saying he passed out and awoke to find Takei trying to strip him and groping his genitals.

He said he never told anyone because he thought "it's my word against his".

When even George Takei is accused of sexual assault, one has to wonder what the world is coming to? "I have been telling it for years, but I am suddenly very nervous telling it".

During a conversation with shock jock Howard Stern, Takei, who appeared in the original Star Trek series, was asked: 'Did you ever grab anyone by the cock against their will?'

But then Takei says something curious, "I do take these claims very seriously".

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The radio host asks again and Mr Takei said "Some people are kind of skittish, or maybe, um, uh, afraid, and you're trying to persuade". "I have wracked my brain to ask if I remember Mr. Brunton, and I can not say I do", the 80-year-old continued. "I can not tell you how vital it has been to have his unwavering support and love in these hard times".

But he said in a statement: "I became an asshole. They do so because they have the power, and they chose to abuse it", Takei said in a statement.

"You need to relax".

'Right now it is a he said / he said situation, over alleged events almost 40 years ago.

Takei continued to add that these sorts of acts are "so antithetical to my values and my practices".

"I trusted him. That's what's always so weird, " Teich told Vulture.

A writer who worked for Richard Dreyfuss on a TV comedy special in the 1980s said he sexually harassed her for years and exposed himself to her in a studio lot trailer.

Other reports by GizPress

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