Star Trek ac­tor de­nies sex as­sault al­le­ga­tions

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For­mer Star Trek ac­tor Ge­orge Takei has de­nied a historical al­le­ga­tion of sex­ual mis­con­duct.

The US star posted a lengthy state­ment on Twit­ter, in which he said that an ac­count given by model Scott R Brun­ton to The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter “sim­ply did not oc­cur”.

Brun­ton told the US pub­li­ca­tion that the al­leged in­ci­dent took place in 1981 when he was 23 and Takei, now 80, was in his early 40s.

He claimed that he “passed out” at the ac­tor’s home af­ter a few drinks and woke to find Takei touch­ing him in­ap­pro­pri­ately.

In a string of Twit­ter posts, Takei wrote: “Friends, I’m writ­ing to re­spond to the ac­cu­sa­tions made by Scott R Brun­ton. 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.”

He signed off: “Thanks to many of you for all the kind words and trust. It means so much to us. Yours in grat­i­tude, Ge­orge.”

Takei fa­mously played Sulu in the hit sci-fi fran­chise in the 1966 tele­vi­sion shows – and reprised the role for a num­ber of times un­til 2007.

Ge­orge Takei

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