“Star Trek” icon George Takei responded in a series of tweets Saturday to sexual assault allegations from former model Scott R. Brunton.
Brunton accused Takei of “groping” him in 1981 during a visit to Takei’s Los Angeles condominium in an interview Friday with the Hollywood Reporter.
According to the Reporter, Brunton said he was at Takei’s condo having drinks, when he began to feel dizzy. He said he decided to rest on Takei’s giant bean bag chair.
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“The next thing I remember I was coming to and he 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,” Brunton told Hollywood Reporter. “I came to and said, ‘What are you doing? I don’t want to do this.’ He goes, ‘You need to relax. I am just trying to make you comfortable. Get comfortable.’”
Brunton’s account of the incident involves an initially friendly relationship marked by mutual friends and phone calls with Takei. But in Takei’s response on Twitter, the actor claimed, “I have wracked my brain to ask if I remember Mr. Brunton, and I cannot say I do.”
Takei has been married since 2008 to his partner Brad Takei, formerly Brad Altman. He played Lt. Hukaru Sulu on the original “Star Trek” television series, which ran from 1966 through 1969.
He is an author and an activist and has been an advocate for LGBTQ rights. In his five-tweet denial thread Saturday, Takei said, “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.”
Brunton was 23 at the time of the alleged incident. Takei was in his early 40s.
Brunton’s allegations against Takei come amid a wave of similar accusations against other high-profile actors, Hollywood figures and prominent men in other fields.
Over 80 women have come forward to allege that producer Harvey Weinstein either sexually assaulted, harassed or raped them. Since then, there have been accusations leveled against NBC senior political analyst Mark Halperin, director James Toback, actors Kevin Spacey and Dustin Hoffman, comedian Louis C.K. and director Brett Ratner, NBC reported.