“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”
Former model and actor, Scott Brunton has admitted that the groping he alleges George Takei of doing in the early 80s may not have actually happened.
In November 2017 Brunton alleged that after a few drinks at Takei’s home in California, where he fell asleep on a bean bag chair and awoke to find his trousers were around his ankles. He claimed Takei, who was 43 or 44 at the time, was groping him.
This was the first and only allegation of this sort against George Takei.
Takei responded to the allegations via Twitter as “personally painful”. He wrote a statement saying he was “shocked and bewildered at these claims”
Speaking more recently to the Observer, Scott Brunton relived the story he had told The Hollywood Reporter,
Shane Snow reporting for the Observer asks, “I asked him to clarify the issue. ‘Did he touch your genitals?'”
“’You know…probably…’ Brunton replied after some hesitation, “He was clearly on his way to…to…to going somewhere,'”
“So you don’t remember him touching your genitals?” asks Snow.
Brunton confessed he did not remember any touching.
He admitted that it could have been a ‘misunderstanding’, but insists it was an ‘unwanted situation’. He finally told the Observer ‘it might not have happened’.
Brunton then added, “He was 20 years older than me and short. 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.”
The episode itself was “not painful, ‘It didn’t scar me,” Brunton said.
George took to Twitter to thank fans who “stood by” the actor during the allegations. He wrote,
“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.
“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.”