The Star Trek actor and gay rights activist George Takei responded on Saturday to an accusation that he sexually assaulted a young actor almost 40 years ago. Takei is now being added to the list of powerful figures who allegedly abused their status in the entertainment industry in order to intimidate, coerce, or manipulate.
Most such revelations have followed the news last month that the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein serially harassed and coerced women into sexual contact for years, and hired teams of professionals to silence or denigrate victims. I walked out and went to my auto until I felt well enough to drive home, and that was that. This is perhaps what helped Scott R. Brunton reveal his story.
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.
"We have the drink and he asks if I would like another", Brunton said to THR. "It is one of those stories you tell with a group of people when people are recounting freaky instances in their lives, this always comes up". "He was very good at consoling me and understanding that I was upset and still in love with my boyfriend", Brunton recalled, "He was a great ear".
It's been almost forty years, but Brunton's story hasn't changed. Read his full response below.
After he passed out on a beanbag chair, he claimed, he woke up to find Takei molesting him. After Brunton passed out, he says, he came to, only to find "my trousers down around my ankles and [that Takei] was groping my crotch and trying to get my underwear off".
"I am as shocked and bewildered at these claims as you must feel reading them", Takei continues to his 2.8M followers. The fact that "I did not get it", he said, "makes me reassess every relationship I have ever thought was playful and mutual".
"The events he describes back in the 1980s simply did not occur, and I do not know why he has claimed them now", Takei said in a series of tweets. "I wanted to see him".
"When power is used in a non-consensual situation, it is a wrong", Takei said. "For Anthony Rapp, he has had to live with the memory of this experience of decades ago".
"Men who improperly harass or assault do not do so because they are gay or straight - that is a deflection".
"Some people are kind of skittish", Takei said.