Star Trek legend George Takei is being accused of sexual assault in 1981 by a former model and actor. At the time of the claimed occurrence, Scott R. Brunton, the complainant, was 23 years old. He alleges that Takei took advantage of him by preying on him.
“This happened a long time ago, but I never forgot it,” Brunton says in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. It’s one of those tales you share with a bunch of people when they’re talking about strange events in their lives; this constantly comes up. Despite the fact that I have been telling it for years, I am now quite nervous.
At Greg’s Blue Dot bar, Brunton claims he met a 43- or 44-year-old Takei while living in Hollywood in 1981, working as a server and starting a career as a commercial actor and model.
According to Brunton
The men traded phone numbers and occasionally called and ran into each other at bars. Brunton chatted with Takei after splitting up with his ex-boyfriend. “I told him my new number after he asked me to let him know. George called me not long after we broke up and I moved out, Brunton recounts.
Brunton claims that Takei invited him to supper and the theatre. He did a great job of comforting me and seeing that I was heartbroken and still in love with my guy, according to Brunton. He had an excellent ear. He was incredibly understanding when I wore my heart on my sleeve.
The same night, the two guys returned to the actor’s condo for a drink. Brunton remembers, “We have the drink, and he asks if I would like another.” “And I answered yes. After taking the second one, I suddenly started to feel quite lightheaded and dizzy and I felt I was going to faint.
He said to sit over here and had the enormous yellow beanbag chair when I stated I needed to sit down. I must have passed out when I sat down in that and laid my head back.
The moment Brunton awoke, “he had my pants down about my ankles, and he was groping my crotch and attempting to pull my underwear down while simultaneously feeling me up, trying to get his hands down my underwear,” she recalled. “When I awoke, I said, ‘What are you doing?!'” “I don’t want to do this,” I declared. “You need to relax,” he continues. Simply said, my goal is to make you feel at ease. ‘Sit down and relax.’ I responded, “No.” I’m not going to do this.
I then pulled him away, and he responded, “OK, OK.” When I indicated I was leaving, he responded, “If you feel you must. You are not fit to operate a vehicle. “I don’t care; I want to go,” I replied. I was just stunned after I was able to pull my pants up and get my composure. When I was well enough to go home, I exited the building and proceeded to my car.
Norah Roadman, Rob Donovan, Stephen Blackshear, and Jan Steward, four of Brunton’s longtime friends, confirmed to THR that he had confided in them about the Takei incident in the past.
Julia Buchwald, Takei’s agent, told THR that Takei was “traveling in Japan and Australia and not available for comment.” Takei, who is now 80, gained notoriety for his role as Hikaru Sulu in the first Star Trek television series. He has been a vocal supporter of LGBTQ rights and is also an author and activist.
Takei refuted the accusations in a flurry of tweets and a Facebook post early on Saturday morning.
“I don’t understand why he has claimed the incidents he portrays from the 1980s actually happened. I’ve racked my brain trying to recollect Mr. Brunton, but I’m at a loss for words,” he added. “Right now, there is a dispute regarding supposed events that occurred nearly 40 years ago.
However, those who are familiar with me are aware of how incompatible with my principles and behavior non-consensual acts are, thus the very notion that I would be accused of this hurts me very personally.
Years after the incident, according to Brunton, he ran into Takei in Portland, Oregon, where he now resides, while the actor was on a book tour. As Brunton puts it, “I wanted to see him.” I simply felt so deceived, so I’ve always wanted to ask him. I believed myself to be a friend, but now here I am, just another piece of flesh.
I dialed his hotel after determining it was where he was staying, and he answered the phone by saying, “Hello, Scott.” I recall you. I wanted to know his reasoning. I just couldn’t force myself to go when we met for coffee. Simply put, it was too uncomfortable.
Brunton claims he thought about telling the incident to the media for years but decided no one would believe him. Who will take me seriously? He says, “It’s my word against his.
After the Harvey Weinstein crisis, in particular, when Takei spoke out in response to accusations made against Kevin Spacey, Brunton’s justifications shifted.
Anthony Rapp, an actor who appears in the most recent season of Star Trek, said to BuzzFeed News on October 29 that Kevin Spacey molested him while he was a teenager in 1986. Later, Spacey expressed regret and revealed his sexual orientation.
Takei spoke on the Spacey claim in a statement to THR on October 30. “When authority is utilized in a non-consensual circumstance, it is wrong,” Takei added. “Anthony Rapp has had to deal with the memories of this incident from many years ago. Kevin Spacey was the more senior and in charge, and he got his way, despite his claims to the contrary.
It is a diversion to say that men who inappropriately harass or assault women do not do so because they are gay or straight. They act in this manner because they have the authority and have chosen to abuse it.
Brunton claims that Takei’s reaction enraged him. He says, “I only ask for an apology from him.” “I’m sure he’ll disown everything, but who knows?
I'm writing to respond to the accusations made by Scott R. Bruton. I want to assure you all that I am as shocked and bewildered at these claims as you must feel reading them. /1
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) November 11, 2017