By: Phil | 11-11-2017 | Entertainment
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George Takei, Star Trek's Sulu, Accused of Sexual Assault

Oh my! Star Trek's Sulu, George Takei, has just been accused of sexually assaulting a former model. Scott R. Brunton recently opened up to The Hollywood Reporter about events that took place in 1981 while he was working on jumpstarting his acting and modeling career. He and Takei had met and hit it off, exchanging numbers after running into each other at clubs. He ran back to Takei after a difficult breakup. Brunton was invited out to dinner and to see the theater.

At first, Takei was the perfect gentleman.

<blockquote>"He was very good at consoling me and understanding that I was upset and still in love with my boyfriend," Brunton says. "He was a great ear. He was very good about me spilling my heart on my sleeve."</blockquote>

After a lovely evening, Takei invited Brunton up to his condo for drinks. He had a drink with George and was offered a second. At this point, he explains he felt suddenly dizzy and disoriented. Takei moves him towards a large yellow beanbag chair as he is passing out. When he comes to <i>Star Trek's</i> own Sulu has got his pants around his ankles and with one hand is pulling underwear down and feeling up to the other.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Been thinking…The problem wasn&#39;t the &quot;pussy&quot; part. The problem was the &quot;grabby&quot; part.</p>&mdash; George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) <a href="">October 12, 2016</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote>"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."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Trump declared April Sexual Assault Awareness And Prevention Month.* <br><br>*except when you&#39;re a star…you can do anything.</p>&mdash; George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) <a href="">April 1, 2017</a></blockquote>

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At that point, Brunton says he came to with George Takei groping his crotch. His pants were down to his ankles and Takei was attempting to remove his underwear while the other hand felt him up. When he woke, he asked George to stop and was met with, "You need to relax" from Takei. When he pushed Takei off and asserted himself again, Takei finally gave in. At first, Takei told Brunton he was in no position to drive. Brunton explained that he didn't care and was going to leave and headed to the car to wait until he felt well enough to drive.</blockquote>

Brunton has evidently confided in several friends about this event over the years. Norah Roadman, Rob Donovan, Stephen Blackshear and Jan Steward all corroborate Brunton's story saying he had brought it up to them in the past. Julia Buchwald, George Takei's rep, claims George is unavailable for comment because he's currently visiting Japan and Australia, but I'm pretty sure they have phones even in the Outback.

Buchwald's claim is especially odd considering Takei has been tweeting as recently as two hours before the time of this writing.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Well, this is adorable. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) <a href="">November 11, 2017</a></blockquote>

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Brunton had always assumed no serious media sources would take his story seriously. After the Weinstein scandal broke, things changed though, but it was the Kevin Spacey statement Takei made that encouraged Brunton to come forward.

"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 says the statement infuriated him, but at this point, all he wants is for Takei to admit his wrong and apologize.

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