George Takei denies allegation that he groped male model in 1980s

Peter Castro
November 13, 2017

The allegations against Takei come as the 80-year-old actor and gay-rights activist is about to begin an Australian lecture tour, starting with an appearance at Melbourne Town Hall on Thursday, when he will be interviewed on stage by Benjamin Law. In October, the host asked Takei if he ever grabbed someone's genitals against their will. He told CNN Saturday that he went to Takei's condo after a platonic dinner.

Takei was "consoling me. I didn't get it", he reportedly told Vulture. The encounter started when the model and actor allegedly got drinks. "So I sat down in that and leaned my head back and I must have passed out". I have wracked my brain to ask if I remember Mr. Brunton, and I can not say I do.

George Takei (r.) and his partner Brad Takei (l.) in a portrait during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival at the Getty Images Portrait Studio at the Village At The Lift on January 18, 2014 in Park City, Utah.

Brunton recounted to The Hollywood Reporter how he awoke to find Takei "had my trousers down around my ankles and he was groping my crotch and trying to get my underwear off".

"I want to assure you all that I am as shocked and bewildered at these claims as you must feel reading them", he wrote to his 2.79 million followers.

Brunton said he left Takei's apartment and never reported the alleged incident.

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Takei denied the allegation on Saturday. In just the previous three days, most prominently, the Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore denied allegations that he sexually molested a 14-year-old and made advances on other teenage girls when he was in his thirties, and the comedian Louis CK admitted to sexual misconduct, including masturbating in front of two women without their consent.

George Takei poses backstage at the KYBOE! fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at The Arc, Skylight at Moynihan Station on September 10, 2016 in New York City. Dreyfuss's son, actor Harry Dreyfuss, stated Kevin Spacey assaulted him back in 2008, provoking his father to post a tweet that he was "so incredibly proud" of his son.

Rapp, who also appears on a "Star Trek" series now, said he was just 14 when Spacey made an aggressive pass at him.

"When power is used in a non-consensual situation, it is a wrong".

"Men who improperly harass or assault do not do so because they are gay or straight - that is a deflection", he continued. "They do so because they have the power, and they chose to abuse it", Takei said in a statement.

Brunton said he was angered when he read Takei's statement. "I walked out and went to my auto until I felt well enough to drive home, and that was that", Brunton said.

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