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George Takei accused of sexually assaulting a model

Model Scott R. Brunton told The Hollywood Reporter that he was sexually assaulted by actor George Takei.

Brunton said it happened in 1981, when he was 23-years-old and working as a waiter in Los Angeles. He met Takei at a bar and they exchanged numbers and called from time to time, according to Brunton.

When Brunton broke up with his then-boyfriend, he called Takei who invited him out. “He was very good at consoling me and understanding that I was upset and still in love with my boyfriend,” he said. “He was a great ear. He was very good about me spilling my heart on my sleeve.”

Then they went back to Takei’s place for a drink. “We have the drink and he asks if I would like another. And I said sure.”

He said that he felt more disoriented than one would expect for two drinks.

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. 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.

The Hollywood Reporter spoke to four of Brunton’s friends who confirmed that he told them this story years ago.

Takei has responded on Twitter.

Brunton said that he hasn’t publicly told this story because he was worried that no one would believe him. “It’s my word against his,” he said.

But his opinion changed when Takei castigated actor Kevin Spacey’s alleged assault of actor Anthony Rapp.

“For Anthony Rapp, he has had to live with the memory of this experience of decades ago,” Takei said in a statement. “For Kevin Spacey, who claims not to remember the incident, he was the older, dominant one who had his way. Men who improperly harass or assault do not do so because they are gay or straight — that is a deflection. They do so because they have the power, and they chose to abuse it.”

Takei, who is now 80, rose to fame in the role of Lieutenant Sulu on the original series of Star Trek and several of the franchise’s films. In recent years, he has been an outspoken advocate of LGBTQ rights and critic of Donald Trump.

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