On Friday, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, former model and actor Scott Brunton accused George Takei–the moral compass of the internet–of groping him while a date in 1981. Takei has responded on Saturday morning saying that he is “shocked and bewildered.”
The allegations are staggering. Takei, famed for his role as Sulu in the original “Star Trek” series, is now equally known as a funny, on-point critic of racist and homophobic policies, with a Twitter following of millions.
Brunton told the Reporter that after a date, they went back to at Takei’s condo, where he was given two drinks and passed out after the second. The alleged encounter followed:
“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 responded to the claims via his Twitter and Facebook pages:
I’m writing to respond to the accusations made by Scott R. Brunton. I want to assure you all that I am as shocked and bewildered at these claims as you must feel reading them.
The events he 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. But I do take these claims very seriously, and I wanted to provide my response thoughtfully and not out of the moment.
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.
Brad, who is 100 percent beside me on this, as my life partner of more than 30 years and now my husband, stands fully by my side. I cannot tell you how vital it has been to have his unwavering support and love in these difficult times.
Thanks to many of you for all the kind words and trust. It means so much to us.
Yours in gratitude,
Note: The original headline of this post read “George Takei Is As Bewildered as You Are By The Sexual Assault Allegation.” The body of the post also included a line “We are bewildered,” which has been replaced with “The allegations are staggering.” The intent was to paraphrase Takei’s own words in his Facebook post. Jezebel regrets the error.