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- A clip of George Takei talking about persuading men to have sex with him in the past is circulating online.
- Former model and actor Scott R. Brunton recently alleged that Takei sexually assaulted him in 1981.
- Takei denied Brunton’s claims, and said that the accusation was “personally painful.”
An audio clip of former “Star Trek” actor George Takei giving a recent interview on “The Howard Stern Show” has begun to circulate online after a sexual misconduct allegation was made against him.
In the clip, Howard Stern discusses the recent Harvey Weinstein allegations, and asks Takei if he ever tried to grab anybody against their will, and if he’s ever sexually harassed anyone – to which Takei responds with a long pause.
Stern asks Takei again if he has ever sexually harassed anyone, and the actor responds by saying, “Some people that are kind of, um, um, skittish. Or maybe, uh … afraid. And you’re trying to persuade.”
Stern then asks him if he has ever made a move on a “guy who was hesitating to have sex” with him by “giving him a gentle squeeze.”
“More than gentle,” Takei responds. Takei then goes on to say that “they came to my home,” and says that his relationships with men don’t involve him having any power over them, and are not related to work.
You can listen to the audio clip here:
Scott R. Brunton alleged that Takei sexually assaulted him in 1981, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter on Friday.
Brunton said that after a date with Takei, he went with Takei back to his condo. After having two drinks with him, Brunton said he became dizzy and passed out. He said that he woke with his pants around his ankles, and Takei trying to remove his underwear, while groping him at the same time.
Brunton said he told Takei he wasn’t interested, and said that Takei told him “to relax.” Brunton then said he pushed the actor off of him and went to sit in his car until he was sober enough to drive himself home.
Takei denied Brunton’s claims in a lengthy post that he shared on both Facebook and Twitter. He wrote that he was “shocked and bewildered” by them.
“Right now it is a he said / he said situation, over alleged events nearly 40 years ago,” Takei said. “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.”
Takei responded to the concern raised over his recent appearance on “The Howard Stern Show,” apologizing in a post on Facebook, saying that he often played the role of the “naughty gay grandpa” on the show.
“But I want to be clear: I have never forced myself upon someone during a date,” Takei said. “Sometimes my dates were the initiators, and sometimes I was. It was always by mutual consent. I see now that that it has come across poorly in the awkward sketch, and I apologize for playing along with Howard’s insinuation.”
Takei did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.