Oregon man who accuses George Takei of sex assault says he met him again in Portland

Scott Brunton, a former fashion model from Oregon, has accused actor George Takei of sexually assaulting him in 1981. Takei denies the allegations. (Photos on left courtesy Scott Brunton).

The Oregon man who says Star Trek actor George Takei drugged and sexually assaulted him described the disturbing allegations to KATU in a shocking interview.

Takei has said the nearly 40-year-old alleged incident did not happen.

The accuser, Scott Brunton, also said he encountered Takei at a Portland bookstore in the early '90s. He said he planned to confront Takei about the accusations during a book signing.

Brunton said he called Takei the night before at his hotel and told him he'd be there, but when the moment came he couldn't do it.

"He signed his book to me 'Fondly, blah blah blah blah blah,'" Brunton said, "and then included on a separate piece of paper his address. He said, 'Next time you're in L.A., look me up.'"

That 1994 meeting at a Borders bookstore was the last time Brunton said he talked with Takei.

"The opportunity really wasn't, didn't present itself 'cause there were just too many people," said Brunton, who grew up in Portland and now lives in Bandon with his husband.

Brunton worked as an international fashion model in the '80s.

"I've been telling this story for years," he explained. "It's a great party story."

Brunton said he and an ex-boyfriend met Takei at a bar on La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles in 1981.

"He ended up being very nice, very friendly, very approachable," Brunton said. "And we decided to exchange numbers, get together and before we did we ended up seeing him out at several other places.”

Later, after Brunton and his boyfriend broke up, he said he and Takei went out for dinner and to see a play.

"We got back to his place and he brought out this cocktail, Star Trek cocktail glasses, which I thought was kind of cheesy," Brunton said.

Brunton said after Takei gave him a couple of drinks he got dizzy and passed out.

"And the next thing I remember I'm coming to and George is on top of me. My pants are down around my ankles and he's on top of me with his hand down trying to get my underwear off underneath groping me," Brunton said. “I was like – pushed him off, said, ‘What are you doing?’ He goes, ‘I’m just trying to get you comfortable.’ I said, ‘I don’t want to do this, George. I don’t want to do this.’ He goes, ‘You just need to get comfortable.’ I said, ‘No. I need to go.’ And so I pushed him off, got up and he said, ‘Well, you can’t drive.’ I said, ‘No, I’m going.’ And so I got dressed, went out to my car and sobered up until I felt I could safely drive home. And I left Hollywood soon after.”

In a statement posted to Facebook on Saturday, Takei said he's "shocked and bewildered" by the claims.

He writes, "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. ... The events he describes back in the 1980s simply did not occur, and I do not know why he has claimed them now."

"I was not surprised by that. Why would he own up to it?" Brunton said. "I'm more pissed off than anything and disappointed in George as a friend, that he really didn't see me as a friend, as more of a lay, a piece of meat. That does something to your self-worth. It’s very demeaning.”

Brunton said he first came forward with his accusations to the Hollywood Reporter after reading an article about Takei admonishing actor Kevin Spacey over sexual misconduct allegations.

He said a segment last month on Howard Stern's radio show in which Takei appeared to admit to groping men validates his claims.

“I’m so thankful that that came out," Brunton said.

On Facebook Monday evening, Takei released the following statement addressing concerns about his comments on the Stern show:

"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 fifty 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 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."

Takei did not immediately respond to emails requesting comment sent by a KATU reporter on Sunday and Monday.

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