Beloved Social Activist George Takei Accused of Drugging and Groping a Model in 1981
It seems like each Hollywood star accused of sexually harassing or assaulting someone is more shocking than the last, and that is especially true in this case. George Takei, most famous for playing Mr. Sulu in Star Trek, has been accused of groping a young model in 1981.
"This happened a long time ago, but I have never forgotten it," alleged former model Scott Brunton to the The Hollywood Reporter on Nov. 10. "It is one of those stories you tell with a group of people when people are recounting bizarre instances in their lives, this always comes up. I have been telling it for years, but I am suddenly very nervous telling it."
Scott goes on to explain that when he was 23, he met a 44-year-old George at a bar and they became friends. Scott said that George was once consoling him after a breakup, and asked him to meet at his condo for a cocktail. "We have the drink and he asks if I would like another," Scott remembered. "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."
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"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," he explained. "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."
Four friends of Scott's confirmed that they had heard to story from him years ago, and that it had a big impact on him. "I just felt really betrayed," he explained. I thought I was a friend and here I am later, just another piece of meat."
The story is even more shocking since it is about someone who has spent the last several decades as a social activist, fighting for things like healthcare, LGBT rights, and gun control. He also notably spoke out about Donald Trump's comments about women, tweeting "If Trump's 'grab them by the p—y' didn't offend you, you don't get to complain about people telling Trump to f–k off." Fans were horrified to hear that someone so idolized and beloved by the internet could do this, and called him out for hypocrisy. "George Takei, the latest example of why perverts who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones," tweeted one person. "No please not my babe George Takei ?? is no one decent in Hollywood??" cried another.