Takei and The Model

Picture it, 1981.  Former model Scott Brunton was 23 years old, working as a waiter, and somehow he had exchanged phone numbers with George Takei.  When Brunton broke up with a boyfriend, he called Takei, who offered to take him out to dinner and a show.  After the show, they went to Takei’s condo for a drink.  Brunton says that after two drinks, he felt dizzy and “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.  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.”

Needless to say, Takei is “shocked and bewildered at the claims”.  He actually goes one step further – “I have wracked my brain to ask if I remember Mr. Brunton, and I cannot say I do.”  OUCH!  “Right now it is a he said / he said situation, over alleged events nearly 40 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.”  But there’s more.  Scott planned to confront Takei at a book signing in 1994 – 13 years after the alleged incident.  At the last minute, he chickened out – but he did get a book with this inscription:  “To Scott – The enterprising man who boldly goes – to the stars.  Fondly, George Takei”.  Now, call me crazy, but I don’t know many victims of sexual assault who wait in a line to see their attacker at a book signing and ask for an autograph!

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