George Takei is the latest Hollywood star to be accused of sexual misconduct.
The 80-year-old, “Star Trek” icon is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Scott R. Brunton, a former male model and actor, in 1981.
Brunton, who was 23 at the time, alleges Takei forced himself on him after inviting him to his Hollywood condo for a drink.
Brunton said he often ran into the then 43- or 44-year-old actor at bars, and Takei was very good at consoling him when he broke up with a boyfriend.
“We have the drink and he asks if I would like another,” Brunton recalls. “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 added: “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 says. “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.”
Takei was among Kevin Spacey’s most vocal critics when actor Anthony Rapp accused the “House of Cards” star of molesting him when he was only 14.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the LGBT activist contradicted himself, saying, “When power is used in a non-consensual situation, it is wrong.”
Takei issued a statement Saturday morning denying Brunton’s allegations, saying he was “shocked and bewildered” by the accusations.
“I have wracked my brain to ask if I remember Mr. Brunton, and I cannot say I do,” Takei wrote in a Facebook post.
But on Friday, critics of the outspoken star retweeted videos of him grabbing men by their genitals and masturbating several men on the Howard Stern Show (see censored pic). Sandrarose.com declined to post the sexually explicit videos.
In an interview with Stern after the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal broke last month, Takei stuttered and laughed when asked if he’d ever sexually harassed anyone.
Admitting that some men might be “afraid” or “skittish” around him, Takei said that if a man ever hesitated to have sex with him, he grabbed his genitals and gave them “more than a gentle squeeze” to overcome his resistance (listen to the audio below).
In his dramatic Facebook post, Takei wrote:
“Right now it is a he said/he said situation, over alleged events nearly 40 years ago. But 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.”