Gay icon George Takei has denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a model at his Los Angeles home in 1981.
Former model and actor Scott R Brunton said in an interview that Takei groped him and tried to remove his underwear, according to CNN.
“I had no interest in him and he knew that, or he should have,” said Brunton.
“He was so not my type. He was 20 years older than me.”
Brunton said that after two drinks at Takei’s condo he passed out, and awakened to the Star Trek actor groping him.
“The next thing I remember is waking up,” he said.
“He is on top of me and has my pants pulled down around my ankles and his hands are trying to get my underwear off.
“I said, ‘What are you doing? I don’t want this.’ He says, ‘You need to relax. I’m just trying to make you comfortable’… And I said, ‘No, I don’t want this.’ I pushed him off and said I was going.”
Brunton said he eventually left Los Angeles over the incident.
Takei took to Twitter to respond to the allegation, saying he was “shocked and bewildered” and that he does not remember Brunton.
“Right now it is a he said/he said situation, over alleged events nearly 40 years ago,” Takei wrote.
“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.”
Brunton expressed disappointment with Takei’s response.
“He gave me two drinks laced with something and he can’t remember that?” he said.
“I understand why he is not owning up to it. I was hoping other people who he may have done this to also would come forward. I was hoping he would… admit it, but I guess not.”