Former Portland resident who accused George Takei of sex assault speaks out

George Takei 

A former Portland resident who accused George Takei of sex assault spoke with KATU News this weekend about those allegations and why he decided to speak out now.

Scott R. Brunton told The Hollywood Reporter this weekend Takei groped him in 1981, while Brunton was 23 and living in Los Angeles.

KATU News reporter Joe Douglass spoke with Brunton Sunday. Brunton said he felt like he had to speak up after hearing Takei talk about the allegations against Kevin Spacey earlier this month.

"I thought, 'Oh my God, of all the people who should not be throwing stones... it's George Takei. It was the ultimate pot calling the kettle black. That's when I decided I've got to speak out," Brunton said. "For George Takei to act like he has moral authority, after what he did to me... I spoke up."

KATU News reached out to Takei Sunday, but we haven't heard back.

In a series of tweets, Takei said he doesn't remember ever knowing Brunton, and said the incident "simply did not occur."

"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," Takei tweeted.

Also Saturday, an audio clip surfaced from Takei's appearance on Howard Stern's radio show last month. The interview was recorded less than two weeks after sexual assault accusations against fallen film mogul Harvey Weinstein were made public. Stern and Takei were discussing the "irony" of the Weinstein case and the audiotape of President Donald Trump boasting about grabbing women's genitals years ago, when Stern asked Takei whether he had ever grabbed a man's genitals against his will.

Takei, a staunch opponent of the Republican president, initially was silent, then said "uh oh" and laughed. Stern asked again and Takei said, "Some people are kind of skittish, or maybe, um, uh, afraid, and you're trying to persuade."

Stern and his co-host, Robin Quivers, persisted, asking Takei whether he ever held a job over somebody for sex and he said no.

Quivers asked if he did "this grabbing at work." Takei said, "It was either in my home. They came to my home."

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