George Takei

In response to the latest allegation of sexual assault, George Takei took to Twitter on Saturday morning to provide a response to the story being told to the media by Scott. R. Brunton about Takei taking advantage of him back in 1981.

The story first broke this past Friday when ‘The Hollywood Reporter‘ released a story from Brunton about his early days in Hollywood, when he was about 23 years old. According to Brunton, he was starting a career in modeling and acting and just happened to meet a 43 or 44 44-year-old George Takei at a bar. They began talking and became friends. The two later reconnected after Brunton broke up with his boyfriend, going out for a dinner and a show with the night ending at Takei’s house. And that’s where things went downhill, at least according to what Brunton told THR:

“We have the drink and he asks if I would like another. 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.”

When he regained consciousness, Brunton claims that Takei:

“…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…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, ‘Okay, fine.’ …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 corroborated by four of Brunton’s friends, who apparently recall Brunton telling them about the incident when it occurred. After all of that, Takei’s Twitter reaction was somewhat different from the responses we have seen so far from powerful men accused of these things of late, mainly in that Takei flat out denied the claims, stating that he had no memory of the events in question or Brunton, saying that his partner of more than 30 years stands firmly behind him, and anyone who knows him is aware of how against his character these actions would have been (maybe not all that different). You can read his full statement from Twitter below:

It is a dicey situation, as many believe that the word of the accuser should not be doubted without evidence to the contrary, while others feel without evidence to support the allegations, there should not be pre-emptive judgement against Takei. For now, the situation is still evolving, but the accusation is out there, and if Takei wants people to believe he is really not capable of such actions, he is going to have to provide some kind of support of his denial besides claiming he would never do such a thing, as events of late have proven you never know who is capable of such heinous acts, especially if they have a bit of fame and power.