Takei, Drey­fuss re­spond to ha­rass­ment claims

Ac­tors’ ac­counts dif­fer from those of ac­cusers

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - NATION - By Leanne Italie

NEW YORK — Ge­orge Takei took to Twit­ter on Satur­day to deny grop­ing a male model and Richard Drey­fuss said he never ex­posed him­self to a fe­male writer help­ing him with a TV script, both back in the 1980s.

Takei, 80, the “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 non-con­sen­sual 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 theater 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 on Satur­day 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 theater, 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 friends of Brun­ton who said he had con­fided in them about Takei years ago.

In an­other de­vel­op­ment in a bar­rage of sex­ual as­sault, ha­rass­ment and rape al­le­ga­tions, Mas­sachusetts prose­cu­tors said they will meet with the son of a for­mer Bos­ton TV an­chor who said Spacey sex­u­ally as­saulted the teenager at a Nan­tucket res­tau­rant.

Cape and Is­lands District At­tor­ney Michael O’Keefe told The Bos­ton Globe on Fri­day the meet­ing “will oc­cur soon.”

Heather Un­ruh told re­porters Wed­nes­day that Spacey stuck his hand down her then-18-year-old-son’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 when he was out of sight, her son ran away.

Spacey’s lawyer didn’t im­me­di­ately re­turn an email seek­ing com­ment Satur­day.

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 and dam­ag­ing to her, her lawyers said in court pa­pers.

De la Huerta told po­lice Oct. 25 the me­dia mogul raped her twice in 2010. The Man­hat­tan district at­tor­ney’s of­fice has sub­poe­naed her ther­a­pist, who told Van­ity Fair she re­called de la Huerta telling her about the sex­ual as­saults.

Ge­orge Takei

Richard Drey­fuss

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