‘Star Trek’ Icon George Takei Has Denied Allegations Of Sexual Assault

He is accused of having sexually assaulted a young actor and model in 1981.

George Takei

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The following article discusses sexual assault.

Star Trek actor and LGBTIQ+ activist George Takei has denied accusations that he sexually assaulted a young actor and model more than 35 years ago, insisting that the alleged incident “simply did not occur”.

On Saturday, The Hollywood Reporter published allegations by Scott R. Brunton, who claims that in 1981, Takei invited him back to his condo where he sexually assaulted him. Brunton, who was 23 years old at the time, told the publication that after he accepting a drink from the older man he began to feel “very disoriented and dizzy”.

“The next thing I remember I was coming to and [Takei] 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,” alleges Brunton.

The Hollywood Reporter spoke to four of Brunton’s friends, who said that Brunton had shared this story with them years ago. Brunton said he has wanted to speak out for a long  time, but was worried that no one would believe him. His attitude changed after the recent avalanche of allegations against men in the entertainment industry in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, and specifically when Takei condemned Kevin Spacey for allegedly attempting to assault actor Anthony Rapp.

On Sunday, Takei, now 80, denied Brunton’s allegations in a series of tweets, writing that he was “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,” Takei continued. “I have wracked my brain to ask if I remember Mr. Brunton, and I cannot say I do.”

“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.”

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit an emergency, call 000.

The National University Support Line also offers 24/7 free trauma counselling, at 1800 572 224. 

Men can access anonymous confidential telephone counselling to help to stop using violent and controlling behaviour through the Men’s Referral Service on 1300 766 491.