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George Takei Bears No ‘Ill Will’ Toward Sexual Assault Accuser As Details in Allegation Change

George Takei
Photography: Phil McCarten

“This was part of a very important national conversation.”

It was with disbelief and worry that the LGBTQ community received news that George Takei had been accused of sexual assault back in November. The accuser, Scott R. Brunton, said that he met Takei in Hollywood in the early 80s and the two went out to dinner one night after Brunton had broken up with a boyfriend.

It was later that night, back at Takei's condo, that Brunton originally said he lost consciousness and woke to Takei groping him. "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," he said.

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The accusation came as George Takei had become an outspoken proponent of the women in the entertainment industry coming forward as part of the #MeToo movement. Now, some six months later, Brunton is backtracking on details of his story, admitting that the events may not have happened as he originally described them.

"As I stated before, I do not remember Mr. Brunton or any of the events he described from forty years ago, but I do understand that this was part of a very important national conversation that we as a society must have, painful as it might be," Takei wrote in a Facebook post, linking to his interview with the New York Observer. "I do not bear Mr. Brunton any ill will, and I wish him peace." Read Takei's post below, and read the full Observer interview here.

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