Star Trek leg­end is also ac­cused

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ by MIKE PARKER US Ed­i­tor sun­day@dai­lystar.co.uk

JAWS star Richard Drey­fuss and Star Trek icon Ge­orge Takei are the lat­est names to face allegations in the Hollywood sex scan­dal.

Os­car-win­ner Drey­fuss, 70, was yes­ter­day ac­cused of ha­rass­ing and ex­pos­ing him­self to a fe­male writer, which he de­nies.

But he said in a state­ment: “I be­came an ass­hole. I flirted with all women, be they ac­tresses, pro­duc­ers or 80-year-old grand­moth­ers.”

Takei, 80, best known as Mr Sulu in the orig­i­nal Star Trek TV se­ries, was ac­cused of “grop­ing” a for­mer male model and fel­low ac­tor he had in­vited to his home.

The allegations in both cases date back to the 1980s and those against Drey­fuss came just a week af­ter his own son Harry claimed to have been mo­lested by Kevin Spacey, 58.

Jaws vet­eran Drey­fuss, who won his Best Ac­tor Academy Award for The Good­bye Girl in 1977, re­sponded af­ter be­ing ac­cused of the “con­stant” ha­rass­ment of LA-based screen­writer Jes­sica Te­ich over a “two to three year pe­riod” in the mid-1980s.

She said: “When I read about his sup­port for his son, I re­mem­ber think­ing, ‘But wait a minute. This guy ha­rassed me for months’.

“He was in a po­si­tion of power over me and I didn’t feel I could tell any­one about it. It just seemed so hyp­o­crit­i­cal.”

Ms Te­ich, who was work­ing with Drey­fuss on a Dis­ney TV spe­cial, claims that as well as mak­ing “yucky, in­sin­u­at­ing sug­ges­tions” he also in­de­cently ex­posed him­self to her dur­ing a meet­ing in his trailer on a stu­dio lot. She added: “It was like an out-of-body ex­pe­ri­ence. I just tried swiftly to get out.

“I pre­tended it hadn’t re­ally hap­pened. I kept mov­ing be­cause it was part of my job and I knew he was, at the time, a very im­por­tant guy.”

But she said his “con­tin­ual, overt, lewd com­ments” did not stop even af­ter she fled his trailer, adding: “He cre­ated a very hos­tile work en­vi­ron­ment, where I felt sex­u­alised, ob­jec­ti­fied and un­safe.”

Drey­fuss yes­ter­day de­nied ex­pos­ing him­self to Ms Te­ich but said in an as­ton­ish­ingly frank state­ment: “I value and re­spect women, and I value and re­spect hon­esty. So I want to try to tell you the com­pli­cated truth.

“At the height of my fame in the late

1970s I be­came an ass­hole – the kind of per­for­ma­tive mas­cu­line man my fa­ther had mod­elled for me to be. I lived by the motto, ‘If you don’t flirt, you die’.

“And flirt I did. I flirted with all women, be they ac­tresses, pro­duc­ers, or 80-yearold grand­moth­ers.

“I even flirted with those who were out of bounds, like the wives of some of my best friends, which es­pe­cially re­volts me. I dis­re­spected my­self, I dis­re­spected them and ig­nored my own ethics, which I re­gret more deeply than I can ex­press. But I am not an as­saulter. “I em­phat­i­cally deny ever ex­pos­ing my­self to Jes­sica Te­ich, whom I have con­sid­ered a friend for 30 years.

“It makes me re­assess ev­ery re­la­tion­ship I have ever thought was play­ful and mu­tual.”

Takei has been ac­cused of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing Scott Brun­ton, a for­mer model and ac­tor who was 23 when he claims to have been in­vited to the star’s LA home af­ter they met in a bar in 1981. Brun­ton said he “must have passed out” in a gi­ant yel­low bean­bag chair, but added: “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. “He was feel­ing me up at the same time, try­ing to get his hands down my un­der­wear. “I pushed him off. I man­aged to get my pants up and com­pose my­self and I was just shocked.”

Takei’s agent Ju­lia Buch­wald said: “Ge­orge is trav­el­ling in Ja­pan and Aus­tralia and not reach­able for com­ment.” Takei has de­nied the al­le­ga­tion of sex­ual mis­con­duct on Twit­ter, say­ing the ac­count given by Scott Brun­ton “sim­ply did not oc­cur”.

AC­CUSED: Richard Drey­fuss DE­NIAL: Ge­orge Takei

BIG DEAL: Drey­fuss in Jaws with co-star Roy Schei­der. Right, Jes­sica Te­ich

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