George Takei responds to 1981 sexual assault allegation by former model

Posted at 9:49 AM, Nov 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-11 12:52:37-05

(KGTV) - A former model and actor this week accused Star Trek icon George Takei of sexually assaulting him.

Scott R. Brunton claimed Takei took advantage of him in 1981 when Brunton, then 23, was going through a breakup, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"This happened a long time ago, but I have never forgotten it," Brunton told The Hollywood Reporter. "It is one of those stories you tell with a group of people when people are recounting bizarre instances in their lives, this always comes up. I have been telling it for years, but I am suddenly very nervous telling it."

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Brunton alleged that Takei invited him over to his Hollywood condo one evening for drinks. Brunton said he passed out after a couple of drinks and when he came to, Takei had pulled down his pants and was groping his genitals.

Takei responded to the allegations on Facebook, saying the events, "simply did not occur."

"I have wracked my brain to ask if I remember Mr. Brunton, and I cannot say I do. But I do take these claims very seriously, and I wanted to provide my response thoughtfully and not out of the moment," Takei wrote on Facebook. "...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."

Brunton claims to have met with Takei years later in Portland, where Brunton now lives, while Takei was there on a book tour, THR reports. However, he told the publication he never went to the press because he assumed no one would take him seriously.

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The claims come on the heels of a windfall of other accusations of sexual assault and inappropriate behavior by Hollywood actors and executives.

Most recently, comedian Louis C.K. and actor Kevin Spacey have been accused of sexual misconduct. C.K. admitted in a statement to the allegations.

The rash of individuals coming forward with claims followed the Harvey Weinstein scandal, in which the former Hollywood executive has been accused in a series of sexual harassment and assault claims.