UPDATE: George Takei has responded.
Is there no Hollywood star hiding a sordid past of inappropriate behavior? Star Trek alum, voiceover actor, author and LGBTQ advocate George Takei is the latest industry insider to stand accused of sexual assault. The George Takei allegations involve an incident that reportedly occurred 36 years ago, in 1981.
The Hollywood Reporter has uncovered that a former model named Scott Brunton is claiming Takei took advantage of him when he was 23 years old. While it’s not entirely clear, it would appear Brunton is claiming Takei drugged him and sexually assaulted him while he was passed out, though Brunton acknowledges he was able to push him off and leave Takei’s Hollywood home.
Here’s a portion of Brunton’s George Takei allegations:
The two men went back to the actor’s condo for a drink the same night. “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.”
“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.”
THR confirmed the story was confided in four of Brunton’s longtime friends years ago.
According to Brunton, he reached out to Takei years after the incident in Portland when Takei was in town on a book tour. “I always wanted to ask him — I just felt really betrayed,” Brunton says. “I thought I was a friend and here I am later, just another piece of meat. So I called him up at the hotel — I figured out which hotel he was at — and he said ‘Hi, Scott. I remember you.’ I wanted to ask him why. We met for coffee, and I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. It was just too uncomfortable.”
The former model says he debated speaking out for years but felt no one would believe him. The recent Harvey Weinstein scandal — and the fact that Takei spoke out about the allegations against Kevin Spacey — are what changed his mind.
THR reached out for comment on the George Takei allegations, only to get this response from his rep, Julie Buchwald: “George is traveling in Japan and Australia and not reachable for comment.”
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