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'Star Trek' icon George Takei accused of sexual assault

Not Released George Takei Accused of Sexually Assaulting Actor in 1981
Edmund Wade | 13 November, 2017, 01:37

In the THR interview, Bruton alleged that after a night of drinking, socializing and confiding in the then-43- or 44-year-old Takei about a recent break-up with his boyfriend, the two went to Takei's condo, where Brunton seemingly passed out.

The accusations come hot on the heels of claims by a former male model that Star Trek veteran George Takei, who played Sulu in the iconic show and subsequent movies, pulled down his trousers and groped him in 1981. "And I said sure". Brunton alleged the evening ended at Takei's home. Takei, Brunton said, "was a great ear".

"The events he (Brunton) describes back in the 1980s simply did not occur, and I do not know why he has claimed them now". In October, the host asked Takei if he ever grabbed someone's genitals against their will.

He's also been accused of raping several women - which he has denied.

In another development in the barrage of sexual assault, harassment and rape allegations to rock the entertainment and other industries, MA prosecutors will meet with the son of a former Boston TV news anchor who said Kevin Spacey sexually assaulted the teenage boy at a Nantucket restaurant.

"Some people are kind of skittish", Takei said. The claims also spurred a #metoo hashtag campaign on social media for those speaking out against similar experiences, particularly in the workplace.

While there are no definitive conclusions yet in Takei's case, and the actor vehemently denies it, it is important to remember that victims gain nothing by coming forward.

Brunton said he was angered when he read Takei's statement. "I don't want to do this.'" After rejecting Takei's advances, Brunton left, having to wait in his vehicle until he felt well enough to leave. He said he extricated himself and left.

Takei, 80, was an original Star Trek cast member, playing Lt Hikaru Sulu on television and in a series of films.

Takei has strenuously denied all allegations, stating that he takes the claims "very seriously".

"Right now it is a he said/he said situation, over alleged events almost 40 years ago", he continues.

"Those that know me understand that non-consensual acts are so antithetical to my values and my practices, the very idea that somebody would accuse me of this is quite personally painful", he wrote, adding that his husband Brad, with whom he has been for more than 30 years, stands firmly by his side.

In 2005, Takei came out publicly and revealed he had been in a relationship for 18 years.

"I did flirt with her, and I remember trying to kiss Jessica as part of what I thought was a consensual seduction ritual that went on and on for many years".

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