Yesterday, The Hollywood Reporter posted an article in which Scott R. Brunton, a former model and actor, accused actor George Takei of sexual abuse back in 1981; but today Takei is denying the claims.
“This happened a long time ago, but I have never forgotten it,” Brunton told The Hollywood Reporter. “It is one of those stories you tell with a group of people when people are recounting bizarre instances in their lives, this always comes up. I have been telling it for years, but I am suddenly very nervous telling it.”
After a break-up with his boyfriend, Brunton poured out his heart to Takei, who was “very good at consoling me and understanding that I was upset and still in love with my boyfriend,” said Brunton. “He was a great ear. He was very good about me spilling my heart on my sleeve.”
But things took a darker turn, claimed Brunton, when invited back to Takei’s place after dinner. “We have [a] drink and he asks if I would like another,” Brunton recalls. “And I said sure. So, I have the second one, and then all of a sudden, I begin feeling very disoriented and dizzy, and I thought I was going to pass out. I said I need to sit down and he said sit over here and he had the giant yellow beanbag chair. So I sat down in that and leaned my head back and I must have passed out.”
Brunton awoke to the actor molesting him. He got dressed and left the condo and went home.
But Takei disputes the story. “Friends,” he said, via Twitter. “I’m writing to respond to the accusations made by Scott R. Brunton. I want to assure you all that I am 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. I have [racked] my brain to ask if I remember Mr. Brunton, and I cannot say I do.
“But I do take these claims very seriously, and I wanted to provide my response thoughtfully and not out of the moment.”
“Right now it is a he said/he said situation, over alleged events nearly forty years ago. But 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.
“Brad, who is one hundred percent beside me on this, as my life partner of more than thirty years and now my husband, stands fully by my side. I cannot tell you how vital it has been to have his unwavering support and love in these difficult times.
“Thanks to many of you for all the kind words and trust. It means so much to us. Yours in gratitude, George.”