The iconic character actor George Takei has been accused of a 1981 sexual assault of a former model. The man says he passed out and awoke to find Takei groping him.
2017 will go down in history for many reasons, not the least of which is the outpouring or uncovering of sexual assault and misconduct claims upon public officials and Hollywood big wigs.
The latest accusations are against George Takei, most known for his roll as Mr. Sulu on the Star Trek series and movies. In recent times, Takei has taken on the roll of activist and his Twitter profile states he wants to be remembered for being a, “believer in, and a fighter for, the equality and dignity of all human beings.”
Takei’s accuser, Scott R. Brunton, says he was 23 at the time of the assault. He states that he met the famed actor Takei at Greg’s Blue Dot bar. The two exchanged phone numbers and would speak from time to time.
Not long after Brunton broke up with his then-boyfriend, Takei invited him to dinner and the theater, then to his Los Angeles condo for a drink. The former model, waiter, and fledgling commercial actor says things got fuzzy and he became dizzy and disoriented after he had a second drink.
According to Brunton, he woke up with his pants down around his ankles and Takei, then age 41 or 42, groping his crotch area.
Brunton says the encounter continued as Takei attempted to further undress him, but Brunton insisted he stop. Takei reportedly answered, “OK, fine” but told Brunton, who was attempting to leave, that he was in no condition to drive.
Brunton states he sat in his car until he felt well enough to drive home.
Takei, now 80, has been an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ rights. He has taken to social media recently to comment on the claim that actor Kevin Spacey sexually assaulted the Star Trek reboot actor Anthony Rapp while he was underage in 1986.
When Takei publicly commented to THR on Spacey’s behavior, Brunton knew he had to bring his story public also. This is a quote from Takei’s October 30 interview:
“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. 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.”
Brunton says that after reading Takei’s comments on Spacey, he knew it was time to release his own retelling of assault.
Prior to THR releasing his recount, they spoke with four of Burton’s close friends who confirmed that he had confided in them years ago about his experience with Takei.
Brunton claims he wants nothing from George Takei, except an apology.
Takei has posted his first response to the allegations on Twitter Saturday morning. He claims the story is untrue and he does not remember Brunton.