In the latest of a string of sexual misconduct allegations leveled against some of the biggest stars in Hollywood, actor George Takei has been accused of sexually assaulting a man back in 1981. Best known for his work in the original Star Trek series, the 80-year-old has since become a prominent activist and an increasingly popular presence on social media. But if recent history is any indication, any and all good will he's accrued over the years is about to go flying out the window.
Unfortunately, Takei is simply the latest Hollywood star to be accused of sexual misconduct in one form or another. Big names like Louie CK, Kevin Spacey, and Brett Ratner (among others) are all facing claims of truly vile behavior. Of course, this all comes in the aftermath of the massive Harvey Weinstein scandal, which has torn the roof off of a seemingly bottomless pit. The charge aimed at Takei, however, may be one of the most disturbing we've heard yet.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, former model/actor Scott R. Brunton states that he was groped by the Trek icon after going back to his Los Angeles condo for a drink. After feeling lightheaded and seemingly passing out, the alleged victim says he came to with his pants around his ankles as Takei was "groping my crotch and trying to get my underwear off." After refusing Takei's advances, Brunton reportedly pushed the actor away and left his apartment. Several of Brunton's longtime friends confirmed that they'd been told the story at various times over the years, while Takei and his representatives have denied multiple requests for comment in the hours since THR first broke the story.
If Brunton's allegations are indeed true, the backlash against Takei will likely be particularly brutal, as the actor had just recently spoke out about the controversy surrounding Kevin Spacey. When it came out that Spacey had attempted to sleep with Star Trek: Discovery star Anthony Rapp when the latter was 14-years-old -- a charge that proved to be the first of many disturbing allegations -- Takei was not shy about sharing his opinion on the matter. "Men who improperly harass or assault do not do so because they are gay or straight — that is a deflection," he told THR. "They do so because they have the power, and they chose to abuse it."
Again, if the events of that fateful night in 1981 unfolded as Brunton claims, the hypocrisy levels we're looking at here are truly astounding. Brunton even says that while he debated whether or not to come forth with his own story for decades, it was actually Takei's 'infuriating' response to the Spacey controversy that prompted him to go to the media.
We'll have more on this story as it develops.