Russia is very busy these days. Just ask George Takei.
Takei, the actor who shot to Liberal icon status due to his outspoken positions for gay marriage and against President Trump, has been accused of sexually assaulting a man at his home in 1981. Takei’s response? “Russians! Russian’s everywhere!”
Takei, who tweets non-stop, indicated it’s the Russians that are plotting against him to keep the sexual assault allegations in the news.
“A friend sent me this. It is a chart of what Russian bots have been doing to amplify stories containing the allegations against me,” Takei said in a now-deleted tweet. “It’s clear they want to cow me into silence, but do not fear, friends. I won’t succumb to that.”
Takei is best known for playing Hikaru Sulu in the Star Trek franchise. He is one of the latest actors to be accused of sexual assault in the weeks following the Harvey Weinstein story that brought to light decades of claims against him. Ironically, Takei, who loves to talk to the media, was quick to comment on the allegations against Oscar winner Kevin Spacey:
“For Anthony Rapp, he has had to live with the memory of this experience of decades ago. For Kevin Spacey, who claims not to remember the incident, he was the older, dominant one who had his way. Men who improperly harass or assault do not do so because they are gay or straight — that is a deflection. They do so because they have the power, and they chose to abuse it,” Takei said.
But now the shoe is on the other foot. Former model and actor Scott R. Brunton has come forward with sexual assault allegations against Takei. Brunton alleges the assault occurred when he and Takei returned to Takei’s home after a night out for dinner and the theater.
Brunton told The Hollywood Reporter he was 23 and Takei was in his 40s when Takei took him home for a nightcap. After drinks, Brunton felt out of it. He rested on a bean bag chair and said he “must have passed out.”
The next thing Brunton recalls is waking up to Takei’s hands groping him inappropriately.
“I came to and said, ‘What are you doing?!’ I said, ‘I don’t want to do this.’ He goes, ‘You need to relax. I am just trying to make you comfortable. Get comfortable.’ And I said, ‘No. I don’t want to do this.’ And I pushed him off, and he said, ‘OK, fine,'” Brunton claimed. “And I said, ‘I am going to go, and he said, ‘If you feel you must. You’re in no condition to drive.’ I said, ‘I don’t care I want to go.'”
Takei seemingly admitted to this type of behavior in a past interview with Howard Stern. When discussing claims against other famous men, Stern asked Takei if he had ever perpetrated nonconsensual sexual activity against another man. A prolonged, horrifically uncomfortable silence followed, and Takei waffled.
“Did you ever grab anyone by the **** against their will?” Stern pushed him bluntly as Takei sat in silence.
“Some people that are kind of… umm… skittish or maybe… um… afraid and you’re trying to persuade…” Takei said.
Despite the comments to Stern, Takei tweeted a denial in the Brunton matter. “I want to assure you all that I am as shocked and bewildered at these claims as you must feel reading them,” he said. “The events he describes back in the 1980s simply did not occur, and I do not know why he has claimed them now. I have wracked my brain to ask if I remember Mr. Brunton, and I cannot say I do.”
That sounds very similar to what Kevin Spacey said after his accusations surfaced, but Takei was unsympathetic to Spacey.
After Takei’s denial, talk of the accusation exploded on social media. Could it be because Takei practically lives in the social media-sphere? Not according to him.
Presumably in an effort to shift from predator to victim, Takei pointed the finger at the Russians for making sexual assault allegations an issue.
Only a Liberal, social media celebrity would think they were so important that a foreign government would dedicate its resources to twitter gossip.
Takei went on to explain: “By way of background, when I criticized Putin’s anti-LGBT policies publicly, Russian bots attacked my page relentlessly, and we had to develop special security measures and ban all traffic from within the Russian Federation and the Ukraine. I am accustomed to their practices.”
Takei thinks the Russians are out to get him, that they have nothing better to do than run up social media hits on his accusations in an effort to soil his celebrity good name.
It’s a theory almost wacky enough for a science fiction plot.