On Friday, former model and actor Scott R. Brunton accused George Takei of sexually assaulting him in 1981, a claim Takei has denied.
Brunton claims Takei pulled his pants down and groped him after a date.
Takei says he is “shocked and bewildered” by the allegation but a recent clip from the Howard Stern Show last month appears to show Takei admitting to committing similar acts to the one Brunton described, notably the location at his home and the type of physical contact.
In the clip, Takei appears to admit he sometimes touches men without their consent.
His surprise admission prompted Stern to ask: “Do we need to call the police?”
Here is the transcript of Stern’s interview:
Howard Stern: Did you ever grab anybody by the cock against their will?
[Very long pause]
George Takei: Uhhhh…uh oh
Stern: Well they were different times, you never sexually harassed anybody–
Takei: Hey bonor [laughs]
Stern: –have you?
Takei: [Laughs]….Some people that are kind of, um, um, skittish. Or maybe, uh…afraid. And you’re trying to persuade.
Stern: Do we need to call the police?
Then comes another admission:
Stern: Maybe it was some guy who was hesitating to have sex with you and you gave him a gentle squeeze or something?
Takei: More than gentle.
Takei added that the person in question “came to my home.” He further added that those incidents never occurred on the job and that in his eyes they were consensual.
Here is Brunton’s account of the 1981 encounter in an interview with The Hollwood Reporter:
“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 says. “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.’ 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.”
Takei vehemently denied the allegations in a Facebook post to his fans:
I’m writing to respond to the accusations made by Scott R. Brunton. 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.
Right now it is a he said / he said situation, over alleged events nearly 40 years ago. But those that know me understand that non-consensual acts are so antithetical to my values and my practices, the very idea that someone would accuse me of this is quite personally painful.
Brad, who is 100 percent beside me on this, as my life partner of more than 30 years and now my husband, stands fully by my side. I cannot tell you how vital it has been to have his unwavering support and love in these difficult times.
Thanks to many of you for all the kind words and trust. It means so much to us.
Yours in gratitude,
A representative for Takei did not return HuffPost’s request for comment as of Monday afternoon.