Star Trek actor denies sex assault allegations
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.