In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey scandals, former Star Trek actor and long-time LGBT activist George Takei a year ago faced accusations that he sexually assaulted a former model at his own home in 1981. Get comfortable.' And I said, 'No.
In Brunton's recollection, he said that, all of sudden, his trousers were down and Takei was pulling on his underwear, to which Brunton said he did not want to have sex. "It didn't scar me", but that he chose to come forward after Takei criticized Kevin Spacey for announcing his sexuality as a way to deflect from a pedophilia accusation.
Takei was said to be a welcome listener as Brunton, upset by a recent break-up, discussed his relationship problems, but on another occasion, when Brunton showed up at the star's home for a drink, he claims he became dizzy and disorientated before becoming a victim of sexual misconduct.
"As many of you know, this has been a very hard period for myself and my husband Brad as we have dealt with the impact of these accusations, but we are happy to see that this nightmare is finally drawing to a close". Snow also noted that Brunton told him he doesn't remember Takei touching his genitals and that the meeting for coffee with Takei in 1994 "never happened".
Though Takei could not be reached while the story was reported, after it was published, Takei denied that the events occurred and said he did not remember Brunton.
"You know...probably..." said Brunton.
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"He was 20 years older than me and short", Brunton recalled of Takei.
Snow then dove into other details, such as the culture of the Los Angeles gay nightclub scene where Brunton and Takei met and the difference between the lone accusation against Takei and the long-known industry reputations of accused celebrity predators like Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein, including their history of legal settlements. Snow asked two medical toxicologists about whether Brunton's drink may have been spiked with a drug, as Brunton suspected, and both said the symptoms did not suggest a spiked drink. "And I wasn't attracted to Asian men. The fact is, I was incapacitated, and he was taking advantage of that".
Contrary to his claims to The Hollywood Reporter last fall that Takei was "was groping my crotch", Brunton told The Observer over a series of recently taped interviews he did not actually remember Takei touching his genitals, and he admitted to fabricating certain details of the encounter.
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In The Oregonian on Friday, however, Brunton doubled down on his initial claims of groping: "I felt there was groping, there was attempt to get my underwear off, he was on top of me", Brunton says.
Takei continued his tweets, saying he does not wish any ill will to Brunton and thanked his supporters.