Hol­ly­wood stars deny ha­rass­ment claims

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UNITED STATES: George Takei took to Twit­ter yes­ter­day to deny grop­ing a male model and Richard Drey­fuss said he never ex­posed him­self to a fe­male writer help­ing him with a tele­vi­sion script, both back in the 1980s.

Takei, the 80-year-old Star Trek icon, said in a se­ries of tweets that events de­scribed by Scott R. Brun­ton in The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter ‘‘sim­ply did not oc­cur,’' and he does not re­mem­ber ever know­ing Brun­ton.

‘‘Right now it is a he said/he said sit­u­a­tion, over al­leged events nearly 40 years ago. But those that know me un­der­stand that non­con­sen­sual acts are so an­ti­thet­i­cal to my val­ues and my prac­tices, the very idea that some­one would ac­cuse me of this is quite per­son­ally painful,’' Takei tweeted.

Drey­fuss, mean­while, told the New York mag­a­zine blog Vul­ture he flirted and even kissed Los An­ge­les writer Jes­sica Te­ich over sev­eral years but thought it was a ‘‘con­sen­sual se­duc­tion rit­ual’'. The fact that ‘‘I did not get it,’' he said, ‘‘makes me re­assess ev­ery re­la­tion­ship I have ever thought was play­ful and mu­tual.’'

Te­ich told Vul­ture she first met Drey­fuss at a the­atre where she worked and they spent hours to­gether over sev­eral years af­ter she was hired to de­velop a script for an ABC com­edy spe­cial. The ac­tor, she said, made con­tin­ual, overt and lewd com­ments and in­vi­ta­tions but she never told any­one. Drey­fuss, now 70, called Te­ich a friend of more than 30 years.

In 1987, Te­ich said, she was sum­moned to his trailer on the set of one of his films and he ex­posed his gen­i­tals to her. Drey­fuss agent Barry McPher­son said his client de­nies ever ex­pos­ing him­self to Te­ich. As for other en­coun­ters with Te­ich, Drey­fuss said he is now ‘‘hor­ri­fied and be­wil­dered to dis­cover that it wasn’t con­sen­sual’ '.

Te­ich said she de­cided to speak out af­ter Drey­fuss tweeted sup­port for his son, Harry, af­ter the younger Drey­fuss went pub­lic with ac­cu­sa­tions that Kevin Spacey groped his crotch when he was 18.

Brun­ton told The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter he was 23 when he first met Takei at a bar. Brun­ton was liv­ing in Hol­ly­wood and work­ing as a waiter at the time. They ex­changed num­bers, speak­ing by tele­phone from time to time, when he rang up Takei af­ter break­ing up with a boyfriend. Takei in­vited him to din­ner and the the­atre, Brun­ton said. He said the two went to Takei’s condo for drinks af­ter.

He said he grew dizzy and ‘‘must have passed out,’' awak­ing to his pants around his an­kles and Takei grop­ing him. He said he ex­tri­cated him­self and left.

The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter said it spoke to four long­time friends of Brun­ton who said he had con­fided in them about Takei years ago.

Also yes­ter­day, an au­dio clip sur­faced from Takei’s ap­pear­ance on Howard Stern’s ra­dio show last month. The in­ter­view was recorded less than two weeks af­ter sex­ual as­sault ac­cu­sa­tions against fallen film mogul Har­vey We­in­stein were made pub­lic. Stern and Takei were dis­cussing the ‘‘irony’' of the We­in­stein case and the au­dio­tape of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump boast­ing about grab­bing women’s gen­i­tals years ago, when Stern asked Takei whether he had ever grabbed a man’s gen­i­tals against his will.

Takei, a staunch op­po­nent of the Repub­li­can pres­i­dent, ini­tially was si­lent, then said ‘‘uh oh’' and laughed. Stern asked again and Takei said, ‘‘Some peo­ple are kind of skit­tish, or maybe, um, uh, afraid, and you’re try­ing to per­suade.’'

Stern and his co-host, Robin Quiv­ers, per­sisted, ask­ing Takei whether he ever held a job over some­body for sex and he said no.

Quiv­ers asked if he did ‘‘this grab­bing at work.’' Takei said, ‘‘It was either in my home. They came to my home.’'

Mean­while, Su­per­girl and Ar­row ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer An­drew Kreis­berg has been sus­pended by Warn­ers Bros. Tele­vi­sion Group pend­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of sex­ual ha­rass­ment and in­ap­pro­pri­ate touch­ing ac­cu­sa­tions made by 19 for­mer and cur­rent em­ploy­ees. The ac­cu­sa­tions were first re­ported by Va­ri­ety, which did not iden­tify the 15 women and four men who ac­cused Kreis­berg.

Warn­ers Bros. con­firmed the sus­pen­sion and said in a state- ment, ‘‘We take all al­le­ga­tions of mis­con­duct ex­tremely se­ri­ously.’'

In an­other de­vel­op­ment in the bar­rage of sex­ual as­sault, ha­rass­ment and rape al­le­ga­tions to rock the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try and other fields, Mas­sachusetts prose­cu­tors will meet the son of a for­mer Bos­ton TV news an­chor who said Kevin Spacey sex­u­ally as­saulted the teenage boy at a Nan­tucket restau­rant. Cape and Is­lands District At­tor­ney Michael O’Keefe told The Bos­ton Globe on Sat­ur­day the meet­ing ‘‘will oc­cur soon’'.

Heather Un­ruh told re­porters last week that Spacey stuck his hand down her then-18-year-old­son’s pants and grabbed his gen­i­tals while the two of them were at a restau­rant in July 2016. Un­ruh said Spacey ul­ti­mately left to use the bath­room and her son ran away.

In New York, a sub­poena in a We­in­stein rape in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­quest­ing all med­i­cal treat­ment records from a ther­a­pist for Board­walk Em­pire ac­tress Paz de La Huerta is too broad and would be em­bar­rass­ing to her, her lawyers said in court papers. De la Huerta told po­lice last month the me­dia mogul raped her twice in 2010. - AP

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