George Takei, best known for his role in “Star Trek,” has been accused by a former model of sexual assault in 1981.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Scott R. Brunton was 23 years old when the alleged incident occurred. From the story:
“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 says.
“I came to and said, ‘What are you doing?!’ I said, ‘I don’t want to do this.’ He goes, ‘You need to relax. I am just trying to make you comfortable. Get comfortable.’
And I said, ‘No. I don’t want to do this.’ And I pushed him off and he said, ‘OK, fine.’
And I said I am going to go and he said, ‘If you feel you must. You’re in no condition to drive.’
I said, ‘I don’t care I want to go.’ So I managed to get my pants up and compose myself and I was just shocked. I walked out and went to my car until I felt well enough to drive home, and that was that.”
THR spoke to four longtime friends of Brunton — Norah Roadman, Rob Donovan, Stephen Blackshear and Jan Steward — who said that he had confided in them about the Takei encounter years ago.
Brunton said he considered going public with the story for years but figured his allegations would not be seen as legitimate. This changed, he said, after the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the fallout from which has seen a slew of public figures being accused of sexual harassment or assault.
“I don’t want anything from [Takei] but an apology,” Brunton said. “I am sure he’ll disown all this, I don’t know, maybe not.”
A representative of Takei told THR he is traveling in Japan and Australia and is “not reachable for comment.”