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George Takei’s Accuser Admits To Fabricating Sexual Assault Story

George Takei In Sydney | Photo: Rod Spark Photography

The man who last year accused Star Trek actor George Takei of sexually assaulting him in 1981 has admitted to fabricating part of the story and has withdrawn many of the allegations during a lengthy investigation by the New York Observer‘s Shane Snow.

The accuser, former model Scott Brunton, now admits he didn’t consider their encounter to be an “attack” and claims he didn’t remember Takei ever groping him.

Brunton has also admitted that his claims Takei used a “date rape” drug on the night of the assault would have been impossible because such drugs did not exist in 1981.

Snow wrote in his article that at the time of the allegations, he obsessively read each news story about the assault allegations, and noticed eyebrow-raising conflicting details in Brunton’s interviews. It was these inconsistencies that started the journalists in-depth investigation into the assault, for the article, Snow interviewed Brunton, his friends, Takei’s friends and former colleagues, and medical experts.

At the time of Brunton’s accusation, the story went viral, it was feared there a flood of #MeToo accusations against Takei would follow, as they had with other accused sexual predators, none came. Takei has constantly denied Brunton’s accusation, saying he couldn’t even remember the guy.

Takei has responded to the Observer story in a series of tweets:

“As many of you know, this has been a very difficult period for myself and my husband Brad as we have dealt with the impact of these accusations, but we are happy to see that this nightmare is finally drawing to a close.

“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. It is in that spirit that I want folks to know, despite what he has put us through, I do not bear Mr Brunton any ill will, and I wish him peace. Brad and I are especially grateful for the many fans who stood by me throughout this ordeal. Your support kept us going, and we are so immensely thankful for you.”

 

 

 

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