Legendary Star Trek actor George Takei found himself facing accusations of sexual abuse Friday, as he became the latest in a growing number of Hollywood bigs to have such charges leveled at them.
Scott Brunton, a former model says Takei, now 80, allegedly spiked his drink, causing him to lose consciousness. “I was coming to and he had my pants down around my ankles,” Brunton says of the 1981 incident, “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, then 23, recalls that the alleged assault took place in the actor’s Hollywood condominium after a dinner date. Takei, Brunton says, offered him drinks. “We have the drink and he asks if I would like another,” he recounted. “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 says he’s told this story privately many times, but was prompted by allegations against House Of Cards star Kevin Spacey, to go public with his tale. “I don’t want anything from him but an apology,” he insisted. “I am sure he’ll disown all this, I don’t know, maybe not.”
Takei, whose famous portrayal of Starfleet officer Hikaru Sulu over four decades made him an American icon, vigorously denied Brunton’s charges in a series of Tweets. “The events [Brunton] 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,” 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.”
Takei said his husband of 30 years, Brad Takei, “was 100 percent behind me on this.” Brunton’s accusations are the latest in a flurry of charges against several Hollywood bigs, beginning with producer Harvey Weinstein. Over 100 women have said Weinstein sexually abused or raped them, triggering police investigations in four cities and on two continents, including New York City, where there is no statute of limitations on sexual offenses.
Major celebrities, including comedian Louis C.K., actors Jeremy Piven, Brett Ratner, Steven Seagal, and producer Gary Goddard, among numerous others, also stand accused of sexual abuse. Louis C.K., whom five women said abused them, admitted “these stories are true,” but other accused celebs have all issued categorical denials of the allegations. No arrests have yet been made in any case, but Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance says the NYPD has developed a “credible case” against Weinstein, and the investigation is continuing.
Takei was said to be traveling in Australia this weekend, and was unavailable for further comment.