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. In addition to his stature as one of the seven prominent cast members on the original Star Trek TV series from the late 1960s (and subsequent movies featuring the cast in later years), Takei in recent years has used his voice in Hollywood to address social issues, including gay rights activism, after he revealed his sexuality in 2005.
Takei has particularly utilized social media to address issues, and Saturday, he posted a message for his followers denying a sexual assault allegation made by Scott R. Brunton, who detailed the alleged incident in an interview published Friday by THR. The claim is the latest in a string to hit Hollywood in the past five weeks since the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke, which was followed by other allegations of sexual misconduct against the likes of actors Kevin Spacey and Jeremy Piven, director Brett Ratner, and most recently, comedian/actor Louie C.K. and Arrowverse producer Andrew Kreisberg.
In the THR interview, Bruton alleged that after a night of drinking, socializing and confiding in the then-43- or 44-year-old Takei about a recent break-up with his boyfriend, the two went to Takei's condo, where Brunton seemingly passed out. Brunton says that when he was waking up, "(Takei) 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."
THR says it tried to contact the 80-year-old actor for a response, but his representative, Julia Buchwald, told the publication, "George is traveling in Japan and Australia and not reachable for comment."
Takei did, however, respond on Twitter and Facebook early Saturday, saying, "I want to assure you all that I am as shocked and bewildered at these claims as you must feel reading them." He also noted that "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. But I do take these claims very seriously, and I wanted to provide my response thoughtfully and not out of the moment."
Read Takei's entire Facebook post below:
At this point its unclear whether Takei will take further measures to clear his name or Brunton will talk more of his allegation. In the THR interview, Bruton says he was prompted to come forward with his story about Takei after becoming infuriated with the actor speaking out against Spacey's response to the sexual misconduct claim made by Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp. In a statement, Takei took issue with Spacey using the response to the Rapp allegation as an opportunity to note he was gay, saying, "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."
Moving forward, Brunton tells THR of Takei, "I don't want anything from him but an apology. I am sure he'll disown all this, I don't know, maybe not."
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