May 29, 2018 at 1:07 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
George Takei responds to sexual assault accuser’s retraction

George Takei (Screenshot via YouTube)

George Takei has responded to former model Scott Brunton retracting his story that the “Star Trek” actor drugged and groped him in the mid-’80s.

In November, Brunton, 60,  told the Hollywood Reporter that when he was 23 he had drinks at Takei’s condo that made him “very disoriented and dizzy.” Brunton said he  “must’ve passed out” and when he woke up Takei “had my pants down around my ankles and he was groping my crotch and trying to get my underwear off and feeling me up at the same time, trying to get his hands down my underwear.”

In a new interview with the Observer, Brunton retold the story saying he passed out after a couple of cocktails.

“One hand is on my underwear, and the other hand is kind of like on my butt, trying to pull the elastics, you know? I mean, all of my weight is on the underwear,” Brunton says.

Brunton says Takei left him alone after he rejected his advances. After sobering up, Brunton went home.

When Brunton is asked if Takei touched his genitals he says “You know…probably… He was clearly on his way to…to…to going somewhere.” Bruton then told the Observer he did not remember that detail in the story.

He continued that he considered the incident “a great party story” that “didn’t scar him” and “wasn’t painful.” Brunton says he “rarely thought of” that night until Takei’s “name popped up.” Brunton says he didn’t consider the incident an attack but an “unwanted situation. It’s just a very odd event.”

Brunton says it wasn’t until after the Bill Cosby scandal that he considered he could have been drugged.

“He was 20 years older than me and short,” Brunton says.“And I wasn’t attracted to Asian men. … I was a hot, surfer, California boy type, that he probably could have only gotten had he bought, paid for or found someone just willing to ride on his coattails of fame.”

Brunton also revealed he fabricated that he and Takei later met for a coffee date in the ’90s. Takei had commented that he didn’t recall the coffee date and denied the sexual assault allegations.

The actor took to Twitter to respond to Brunton’s retractions and to “wish him peace.”

“As many of you know, this has been a very difficult period for myself and my husband Brad as we have dealt with the impact of these accusations, but we are happy to see that this nightmare is finally drawing to a close,” Takei wrote.

“As I stated before, I do not remember Mr. Brunton or any of the events he described from forty years ago, but I do understand that this was part of a very important national conversation that we as a society must have, painful as it might be. It is in that spirit that I want folks to know, despite what he has put us through, I do not bear Mr. Brunton any ill will, and I wish him peace. Brad and I are especially grateful for the many fans who stood by me throughout this ordeal. Your support kept us going, and we are so immensely thankful for you,” he continued.

 

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