Former model and performer George Takei is being accused of sexual assault back in 1981. Scott R. Brunton, the complainant, who was 23 years old at the time of the alleged occurrence, asserts that Takei took advantage of him when he was most helpless.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Brunton claims, This happened a long time ago, but I have never forgotten it. This is one of those tales you tell a bunch of people while theyre relating strange events in their lives; it constantly comes up. Although I have been telling it for years, I am suddenly very anxious about doing so.
Takei Was Living in Hollywood Working as A Server
When Brunton says he first met a 43- or 44-year-old Takei at Gregs Blue Dot pub in 1981, Takei was living in Hollywood, working as a server and starting a career as a commercial actor and model. According to Brunton, the men swapped phone numbers, kept in touch via occasional calls, and even ran into one another at bars.
Brunton talked to Takei about his breakup with his ex-boyfriend. I responded to his request to let him know my new phone number. And not long after we split up and I moved out, George called me, Brunton says.
According to Brunton, Takei invited him to supper and a play. According to Brunton, He was extremely wonderful at comforting me and understanding that I was heartbroken and still in love with my lover. He has a fantastic ear. He was incredibly understanding when I revealed my innermost thoughts.
The Two Guys Returned to The Actors Condominium For A Drink.
The following evening, the two guys returned to the actors condominium for a drink. Brunton recounts that after finishing the drink, he asked whether I would want another. I agreed, of course. I take the second one, and all of a sudden, I start to feel quite lightheaded and dizzy, and I start to worry that Im going to faint.
I requested a seat, to which he replied, Sit over here, offering me the enormous yellow beanbag chair. I must have passed out after I leaned my head back and sat down in that.
Brunton explains, The next thing I remember is coming to and he had my pants down around my ankles and was rubbing my crotch and trying to get my underwear off while also feeling me up, trying to get his hands down my underpants. What are you doing?! I asked when I came to. I expressed that I didnt want to do it. You must unwind, he continues. Im merely attempting to put you at ease. Set yourself at ease. And I replied, No. I dont want to carry this out.
I Told Him I Was Leaving, and He responded, if You Feel You Must
He said OK, OK after I pushed him away. I told him I was leaving, and he responded, If you feel you must. You should not be operating a vehicle. I remarked, I dont care; I want to leave. I finally pulled my pants up, collected myself, and I was absolutely startled. After leaving, I went to my car and waited till I was healthy enough to drive home.
Norah Roadman, Rob Donovan, Stephen Blackshear, and Jan Steward are four close friends of Bruntons who confirmed that he confided in them about the Takei incident years ago.
According to Julia Buchwald, George Takeis agent, he is now traveling in Australia and Japan and cannot be reached for comment. Currently 80 years old, Takei first gained notoriety as Hikaru Sulu in the original Star Trek television series. In addition to being an activist and novelist, he has long been a vocal supporter of LGBTQ rights.
On Saturday Morning, Takei Refuted the Accusations in A Series of Tweets and A Facebook Post.
The events he claims happened in the 1980s just did not happen, so Im not sure why hes claiming them today. Ive taxed my brain to see if I can recall Mr. Brunton, but Im unable to answer yes, he replied. Right now, there is a dispute regarding events that allegedly occurred almost 40 years ago. The entire notion that I would be accused of this hurts me deeply personally since those who know me understand how contrary to my ideals and practices non-consensual behaviors are.
Years after the incident, according to Brunton, he ran into Takei while the actor was on a book tour in Portland, where Brunton now resides. Brunton claims, I wanted to see him. Ive always wanted to question him, but I felt so deceived. I thought of myself as a buddy, but now here I am, only another piece of meat. I contacted him at the hotel after locating it, and he answered and said, Hello, Scott. I still think of you. I was want to ask him why. We had coffee together, but I just couldnt bring myself to go. The discomfort was just too great.
Years ago, according to Brunton, he considered approaching the media with the tale, but he figured no one would take him seriously. Who will take my word for it? Its my word versus his, he claims. The Harvey Weinstein affair and, in particular, Takeis comments regarding the allegations made against Kevin Spacey, caused Brunton to rethink his position.
Who Appears in The Most Recent Season of Star Trek?
On October 29, Anthony Rapp, an actor who appears in the most recent season of Star Trek, told BuzzFeed News that Spacey had molested him while he was a teenager in 1986. After first apologizing, Spacey responded by coming out as gay. Takei responded to Spaceys claim by saying, When authority is utilized in a non-consensual circumstance, it is wrong.
For Anthony Rapp, he has had to deal with carrying around the memories of this incident from years ago. For Kevin Spacey, who insists he doesnt recall the event, he was the more senior, more powerful individual who got his way. Men who harass or assault women unlawfully do not do so because they are homosexual or straight; that is a red herring.
They abuse their authority because they have it and have chosen to do so. Takeis remark, according to Brunton, enraged him. He says, I dont want anything from him other than an apology. Im sure hell deny all of this, but who knows? Maybe not,