George Takei is vehemently denying claims made by a former male model that the “Star Trek” icon attempted to sexually assault him while he was passed out in the actor’s condo back in 1981.
Takei, 80, says he’s “shocked and bewildered” by the allegations of Scott R. Brunton, who claims in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that he and Takei went out on a date when he was 23, and agreed to go back to the actor’s L.A. condo for a drink.
“We have the drink and he asks if I would like another,” Brunton tells 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. 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.”
Brunton continues: “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.”
THR spoke with four of Brunton’s friends — all of whom agreed to go on the record and be named, with each confirming “he had confided in them about the Takei encounter years ago.”
Takei addressed Brunton’s accusations in a series of tweets Saturday morning, writing that he has “wracked [his] brain” and has no memory of ever meeting Brunton, insisting the alleged incident “simply did not occur.”
In addition, Takei (who came out as gay in 2005, while in his 70s) states that “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.”