A recently resurfaced October interview featuring George Takei and Howard Stern discussing inappropriate and uninvited groping has cast serious doubt on Takei’s claim of innocence after a former male model recently accused of Takei of sexual misconduct that allegedly occurred in 1981.
What was in the clip?
Takei’s discussion on “The Howard Stern Show” addressed the myriad of sexual assault allegations against embattled film mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Stern and Takei discussed the “irony” of the allegations against Weinstein in comparison to the 2005 “Access Hollywood” audiotape featuring President Donald Trump boasting about grabbing the genitals of women.
Stern asked Takei whether or not he had ever grabbed a man’s genitals against his will.
Takei initially remained silent after Stern’s question, but then chuckled and said, “Uh-oh.”
When Stern pressed the issue, Takei responded, “Some people are kind of skittish, or maybe, um, uh, afraid, and you’re trying to persuade.”
“Maybe it was some guy who was hesitating to have sex with you and you gave him a gentle squeeze or something?” Stern asked.
Takei answered, “More than gentle.”
Stern’s co-host, Robin Quivers, then asked Takei if this sort of grabbing behavior occurred at the workplace.
“No, it wasn’t at work,” Taken answered. “It was either in my home ― they came to my home.”
How similar are Takei’s comments to the allegations laid against him?
Former male model Scott Brunton recounted the alleged encounter to The Hollywood Reporter in an interview that was published on Friday.
Brunton, who was in his early 20s at the time of the purported incident, said that he became acquainted with Takei and agreed to hang out with the actor after a breakup.
Bruton said that he and Takei went back to the actor’s condominium for a drink later that evening.
“We have the drink and he asks if I would like another,” Brunton recalled. “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.”
He added, “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.”
Brunton then detailed an alleged encounter that he said forced him to flee Takei’s condo.
“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.
Brunton explained that he regained full consciousness and, shocked at the time, asked Takei what he thought he was doing.
“‘I don’t want to do this,’” Brunton allegedly told Takei, to which the “Star Trek” actor reportedly responded, “‘You need to relax. I am just trying to make you comfortable. Get comfortable.’”
“I said, ‘No. I don’t want to do this.’ And I pushed him off,” Brunton recalled. “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.”
Takei on Saturday denied the incident entirely, and said that he didn’t even know the man accusing Brunton.