George Takei has continued to deny claims he sexually assaulted a male model as a damaging audio clip has surfaced.
The Star Trek actor denied allegations model Scott Brunton made to the Hollywood Reporter last week.
Since then, an audio clip of Takei on Howard Stern has surfaced. In the clip, he joked about touching men inappropriately.
George Takei responds to damaging audio
In a statement, he said: ‘Many have raised concern over a back-and-forth between Howard Stern and myself, where we joked about me touching men during my Star Trek days 50 years ago.
‘Out of context, I agree that the joke was distasteful, and I’m very sorry he and I made fun out of a serious matter.
‘For decades, I have played the part of a “naughty gay grandpa” when I visit Howard’s show, a caricature I now regret.
‘But I want to be clear: I have never forced myself upon someone during a date. Sometimes my dates were the initiators, and sometimes I was. It was always by mutual consent.
‘I see now that that it has come across poorly in the awkward sketch, and I apologize for playing along with Howard’s insinuation.
‘Non-consensual acts are anathema to me and my personal code of conduct, and I would never do something against anyone’s will, period.’
Male model alleges Takei groped him in 1981
Brunton said he was working as a waiter in 1981 when the alleged assault happened.
He claims he went to drinks with Takei, having just broken up with his boyfriend at the time.
Brunton alleges: ‘All of a sudden, I begin feeling very disoriented and dizzy, and I thought I was going to pass out. I said I need to sit down and he said sit over here and he had the giant yellow beanbag chair. So I sat down in that and leaned my head back and I must have passed out.’
Then Brunton recounts his recollection of the events following.
He said: ‘The next thing I remember, I was coming to and he 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.
‘I came to and said, “What are you doing?! I don’t want to do this.” He goes, “You need to relax – I am just trying to make you comfortable. Get comfortable.”
‘And I said, “No. I don’t want to do this.” And I pushed him off and he said, “OK, fine.” And I said I am going to go and he said, “If you feel you must. You’re in no condition to drive.” I said, “I don’t care I want to go.”
‘So I managed to get my pants up and compose myself and I was just shocked. I walked out and went to my car until I felt well enough to drive home, and that was that,’ Brunton claims.
Takei: ‘The events…simply did not occur’
In response to those specific allegations, Takei said he was ‘shocked and bewildered’ at the claims.
He wrote on Twitter: ‘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.’
Brunton has provided no evidence to support his claim.
George Takei came out against Harvey Weinstein in light of recent allegations levelled at the film producer. In response to the claims, Takei wrote on Facebook: ‘Too little, too late, M. Weinstein.’