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Star Trek icon George Takei accused of sexual assault by former model

Star Trek icon George Takei accused of sexual assault by former model

Star Trek icon George Takei has taken to social media to deny an allegation of sexual misconduct that a model/actor claims happened 36 years ago.

Brunton claimed he "passed out" at the actor's home after a few drinks and woke to find Takei touching him inappropriately.

Brunton told The Hollywood Reporter he was 23 when he first met Takei at a bar. Brunton was in a relationship at the time, but he and Takei connected after Brunton's hard breakup. Brunton claimed the two struck up a friendship soon after and later spent an evening together at dinner and a show after Brunton broke up with his boyfriend.

Takei was "consoling me". Brunton was living in Hollywood and working as a waiter at the time.

Back at the "Star Trek" actor's condo, the two men each had a drink. During the second round, Brunton said he began "feeling very disoriented and dizzy" and thought he "was going to pass out", he told The Hollywood Reporter. "Get comfortable, '" Brunton claimed.

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George Takei (r.) and his partner Brad Takei (l.) in a portrait during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival at the Getty Images Portrait Studio at the Village At The Lift on January 18, 2014 in Park City, Utah.

He said he grew dizzy and "must have passed out", awaking to his trousers around his ankles and Takei groping him.

"I want to assure you all that I am as shocked and bewildered at these claims as you must feel reading them", he wrote to his 2.79 million followers.

Takei urged him to stay but the then-model said he wanted to leave, Brunton said. He posits, however, that the alleged incident described "simply did not occur".

He made a decision to come forward when Takei spoke out about the allegations against Kevin Spacey.

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Brunton said he kept the story quiet for years but chose to speak up in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

On Friday, actor Richard Dreyfuss, 70, was also accused of improper sexual conduct.

George Takei poses backstage at the KYBOE! fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at The Arc, Skylight at Moynihan Station on September 10, 2016 in New York City.

"When power is used in a nonconsensual situation, it is a wrong", Takei told The Hollywood Reporter. In a statement, Takei took issue with Spacey using the response to the Rapp allegation as an opportunity to note he was gay, saying, "Men who improperly harass or assault do not do so because they are gay or straight - that is a deflection".

"Some people are kind of skittish", Takei said. Takei said, "It was either in my home". You're in no condition to drive.' I said, 'I don't care I want to go.' So I managed to get my trousers up and compose myself and I was just shocked. I knew I was gay, but did not know, so to speak.

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