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George Takei is speaking out against an allegation of sexual assault.
The gay Star Trek actor said he was "shocked and bewildered" Saturday in response to an accusation from Scott R. Brunton, a former male model who alleged to The Hollywood Reporter in a Friday interview that Takei groped him in 1981. Brunton was 23 and Takei was 43 or 44 at the time.
In the interview, Brunton claimed he met Takei at Greg's Blue Dot bar in Los Angeles. The pair exchanged numbers, and Takei invited Brunton to dinner and the theater after Brunton went through a breakup with his boyfriend. Afterward, the pair went back to Takei's condo for a drink.
According to Brunton's account, that was when the evening took a turn:
"We have the drink and he asks if I would like another. 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. I said I need to sit down and he said sit over here and he had the giant yellow beanbag chair. So I sat down in that and leaned my head back and I must have passed out.
"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. 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."
Takei denied the events took place in a string of posts on Twitter.
"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," stated Takei.
"Right now it is a he said/he said situation, over alleged events nearly 40 years ago," he continued. "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."
Previously, Takei had spoken out against Kevin Spacey, who came out as gay in response to an accusation of an attemped sexual assault from Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp. Takei called Spacey's coming-out a "deflection" in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
"When power is used in a non-consensual situation, it is a wrong. For Anthony Rapp, he has had to live with the memory of this experience of decades ago. For Kevin Spacey, who claims not to remember the incident, he was the older, dominant one who had his way," Takei said.
"Men who improperly harass or assault do not do so because they are gay or straight -- that is a deflection. They do so because they have the power, and they chose to abuse it."
Read Takei's full response to his accuser below.
\u201cFriends,\n\nI'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. /1\u201d— George Takei (@George Takei) 1510405304
\u201cThe 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. /2\u201d— George Takei (@George Takei) 1510405304
\u201cBut I do take these claims very seriously, and I wanted to provide my response thoughtfully and not out of the moment. /3\u201d— George Takei (@George Takei) 1510405304
\u201cRight 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. /4\u201d— George Takei (@George Takei) 1510405304
\u201cBrad, 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. /5\u201d— George Takei (@George Takei) 1510405304