Star Trek legend George Takei has responded to accusations that he sexually assaulted a former model in 1981.
At first, Julia Buchwald, Takei’s rep, told The Hollywood Reporter that "George is traveling in Japan and Australia and not reachable for comment."
However, on Saturday evening, Takei took to Twitter to respond to the allegations by denying the events ever took place.
“I'm writing to respond to the accusations made by Scott R. Bruton,” Takei tweeted. “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. But I do take these claims very seriously, and I wanted to provide my response thoughtfully and not out of the moment.
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When Brunton initially came forward with his story, he stated that he expected Takei would deny the accusations.
"I don't want anything from him but an apology," he says. "I am sure he'll disown all this, I don't know, maybe not."
These accusations come following current Star Trek star Anthony Rapp, who plays Lt. Paul Stamets on Star Trek: Discovery, claimed that he was sexually assaulted when he was 14 years old by Kevin Spacey while the two were working together on a Broadway productions, opening a floodgate for additional claims of sexual misconduct against Spacey.0comments
Takei weighed in on those allegations shortly after the story broke.
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