While he was busy passing judgment on all things conservative, George Takei might have been hiding some dark secrets of his own.
Namely, the attempted rape of a young model some 26 years ago.
On Friday, former model Scott R. Brunton said he was 23 when Takei befriended him and, on one night spiked his drink and sexually assaulted him, according to what he told The Hollywood Reporter.
“This happened a long time ago, but I have never forgotten it,” he said. “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.”
Brunton said he was in Hollywood, working as a waiter in 1981 when he met Takei. They exchanged phone numbers and called each other on occasion and, when Brunton broke off his relationship with his boyfriend, Takei, who was then 41 or 42, invited him to dinner and the theater.
“He was very good at consoling me and understanding that I was upset and still in love with my boyfriend,” Brunton told the Reporter. “He was a great ear. He was very good about me spilling my heart on my sleeve.”
That night the pair went back to Takei’s condo where, Brunton said, he was taken advantage of.
“We have the drink and he asks if I would like another,” he said. “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.”
“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 alleged. “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.”
The story was confirmed by four friends of Brunton who told the Reporter that Brunton had told them the same story.
He said he met Takei again years later but was afraid to confront him about what he did. Brunton also said he was afraid to tell the media about the incident, because he didn’t believe anyone would take his word over the “Star Trek” actor.
But when Takei spoke out against Kevin Spacey when he was accused of sexually assaulting “Star Trek” actor Anthony Rapp, Brunton was infuriated.
“When power is used in a non-consensual situation, it is a wrong,” Takei told the Reporter. “For Anthony Rapp, he has had to live with the memory of this experience of decades ago. For Kevin Spacey, who claims not to remember the incident, he was the older, dominant one who had his way. Men who improperly harass or assault do not do so because they are gay or straight — that is a deflection. They do so because they have the power, and they chose to abuse it.”
Brunton said all he wants now is an apology.
As for Takei, his representative told the Reporter that “George is traveling in Japan and Australia and not reachable for comment.”
Takei fancies himself a champion of sexual assault victims, but it would certainly smack of hypocrisy, if these charges against him are accurate.
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