Actors should now know that going after President Donald Trump is a recipe for disaster. Many anti-Trump actors have been outed for unethical behaviors, including sexual allegations.
The latest to fall is George Takei, the actor best known for playing Sulu on the original Star Trek television series. This week, former model Scott R. Brunton came forward to accuse Takei of drugging him and sexually assaulting him in 1981.
Takei has denied all charges.
Brunton’s story goes like this: after breaking up with his boyfriend, he became friends with Takei after meeting him at Greg’s Blue Dot Bar in Los Angeles.
At the time, Brunton was 23, while Takei was 43 or 44. Brunton claims that the pair exchanged numbers, and weeks later, enjoyed a night out together. After a dinner date, Brunton went back to Takei’s house in order to drink some more.
“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,” Brunson said.
“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. 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.”
Takei took to Twitter to immediately deny the allegation in a series of tweets: “I want to assure you all that I am as shocked and bewildered at these claims as you must feel reading them.”
“The events he describes back in the 1980s simply did not occur, and I do not know why he has claimed them now. I have wracked my brain to ask if I remember Mr. Brunton, and I cannot say I do,” Takei claims. He further claimed that he was personally pained by the accusations, stating that “non-consensual acts are so antithetical to my values and my practices …”
Readers will immediately notice that Takei’s Twitter avatar shows a cartoon image of himself holding up a sign saying “Dump Trump.”
The grand irony is that Takei has spent the better part of a year accusing Donald Trump of sexual indecency, corruption, and racism.
Just like comedian Louis C.K., who once compared President Trump to Adolf Hitler, Takei stands accused of being a sexual deviant and a potential criminal.
It remains to be seen how this accusation will impact Mr. Takei’s career.