George Takei blatantly denies groping a former model’s crotch in the 1980s after the man came forward with the accusations on Friday.
Takei was accused of inviting ex-model and actor Scott Brunton to his Los Angeles condo in 1981, where Brunton claims he woke up with his pants around his ankles and the “Star Trek” star groping his crotch, according to his account in The Hollywood Reporter.
Actor, director, author and activist George Takei denied a former model’s claims he groped him.
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“I want to assure you all that I am as shocked and bewildered at these claims as you must feel reading them,” Takei wrote on Twitter Saturday morning.
“The events he (Brunton) 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,” the 80-year-old continued.
Takei added that these sorts of acts are “so antithetical to my values and my practices.”
“Right now it is a he said / he said situation, over alleged events nearly 40 years ago,” Takei continued. “The very idea that someone would accuse me of this is quite personally painful.”
The actor stated that his husband Brad, who has been his life partner for more than 30 years, stands fully by his side.
Brunton, who said he was 23 at the time of the encounter and Takei was in his mid-40s, detailed having a few drinks with Takei at the time before feeling dizzy. He believes he then 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,” Brunton told THR.
He never reported the incident, but The Hollywood Reporter spoke to four of his friends who said Brunton told them about the alleged assault years ago.
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Takei, who has been outspoken on politics and recent sexual harassment scandals, spoke out in support of Anthony Rapp after he accused Kevin Spacey of trying to seduce him when he was 14.
“When power is used in a nonconsensual situation, it is a wrong,” Takei said in statement to The Hollywood Reporter after Rapp, who stars in a “Star Trek” series now, came forward.
“Men who improperly harass or assault do not do so because they are gay or straight – that is a deflection,” Takei continued. “They do so because they have the power, and they chose to abuse it.”