Some “Star Trek” fans are baffled by the response of one of their icons to allegations of sexual misbehavior, as George Takei at one point offered a strange excuse for the story that has been unfolding around him.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, a former model and actor has accused Takei, who played Sulu on the original “Star Trek” TV series, of sexually assaulting him in 1981.
“The accuser, Scott R. Brunton, who was 23 at the time of the alleged incident, claims that Takei took advantage of him when he was most vulnerable,” THR reports.
In an interview with THR, Brunton describes becoming dizzy and apparently passing out after having drinks during a visit to Takei’s home. “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,” Brunton told THR. “I came to and said, ‘What are you doing?!’ I said, ‘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.'”
Takei denied Brunton’s allegations in a series of Tweets, but Newsweek reports that Takei, 80, went back on Twitter with an odd follow-up.
“Days later, Takei tweeted two messages suggesting that Russia was behind the story, promoting the allegations using bots. ‘I am accustomed to their practices,’ he wrote. He eventually deleted both tweets,” Newsweek reports.
A Twitter user took a screen capture of one of Takei’s tweets before it was taken down — you can see it below …