George Takei is the latest celebrity to be accused of inappropriate sexual behavior.
Former model Scott R. Bunton told The Hollywood Reporter that the actor sexually assaulted him while he was passed out in his home.
Brunton said the assault happened in 1981, when he was in his early twenties and Takei was in his early forties.
He relayed the incident as he remembered it, and his friends told THR that he had told them the story in the past as well.
This is what he said happened:
“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.”
Takei Denies the Allegations of Sexual Assault
Takei has denied the allegation, writing on Facebook that he is “shocked and bewildered” by them, and that his husband, Brad Takei, is standing by his side.
Takei’s Comments on Howard Stern Draw Questions
Takei made questionable comments while appearing on “The Howard Stern Show” when the topic of Harvey Weinstein came up. You can hear some of that in the video above.
He was asked if he had ever grabbed anyone’s groin, and he stalled, before saying he had done so in the past when men hesitated to be with him sexually.
Stern brought up the many allegations of harassment and assault against Weinstein, before pointing out that President Donald Trump grabbed of grabbing women by their private areas.
“You never hassled anybody, or grabbed their c**k,” Stern said. “Did you ever grab anyone by the c**k against their will?”
When Takei stalled, and then said, “Uhhh…” while laughing, it brought some concern but also jokes from Stern and Robin Quivers.
“Oh no,” Stern said. “Well, they were different times. You never sexually harassed anyone. Have you?”
Takei again took time to answer, while laughing, prompting Quivers to exclaim, “Oh, dear.”
“Well, it’s some people that are kind of, um, skittish, or maybe afraid, and you’re trying to persuade,” Takei said.
“Do we need to call the police?” Stern asked.
“What is he saying, Howard?”
When asked if this happened at work, he said that it did not, but that it instead happened at his home.
“Well that was an open invitation,” Quivers said, laughing.
This closely mirrors the behavior he is being accused of by Brunton, causing many to doubt his denial.
“So what do you mean, you mean like some guy who was hesitating to have sex with you, and then you gave him a gentle squeeze on the balls or something?” Stern asked.
“More than a gentle,” Takei said.
Takei said that he felt what differentiated his behavior from that of others who have been accused of sexual harassment or assault is that “it wasn’t about power over the other” when he did it.
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