Actor and activist George Takei says he’s baffled by claims that he groped a male model in 1981. Model Scott R. Brunton claimed the incident occurred when Brunton was 23 years old.
Brunton was living in Hollywood and working as a waiter at the time, trying to make it as an actor and model. He claims he met Takei at Greg’s Blue Dot bar and they exchanged phone numbers.
He then claims he went to drinks with Takei, having just broken up with his boyfriend at the time.
“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 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.“
In response to the allegations, Takei wrote on Twitter:
“I’m writing to respond to the accusations made by Scott R. Bruton. 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,
But Takei, was talking to Howard Stern just last month and Stern asks him if he ever grabbed anyone by the genitals to which Takei responds,
(Photo, via Instagram; via Gay Star News)