After the man who accused George Takei of drugging and groping him in 1981 took back his allegations, the “Star Trek” actor said he wishes him no ill will.
Scott Brunton, an ex-model and actor, leveled his accusations against Takei in November, claiming that the actor, then in his mid-40s, took him back to his condo after a night out. There, Brunton claimed, he began to feel dizzy.
“I thought I was going to pass out. I said I need to sit down and he said sit over here and he had the giant yellow beanbag chair,” he told the Hollywood Reporter.
“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.
Takei, 80, had repeatedly denied the accusations and said he didn’t even remember Brunton.
Now, Brunton has changed his story.
Five months after he accused Takei of sexual assault, Brunton now says it was just a “great party story” and that the incident was “not painful” and “didn’t scar” him.
“He was 20 years older than me and short. And I wasn’t attracted to Asian men,” he told The Observer.
“I was a hot, surfer, California boy type, that he probably could have only gotten had he bought, paid for or found someone just willing to ride on his coattails of fame.”
Takei did still take off Brunton’s pants, he claimed, but backed off immediately when the younger man said no.
Brunton is still “disappointed,” he told the Observer, and he’s still looking for an apology.
Takei didn’t offer that, but he did express forgiveness toward his one-time accuser.
“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 40 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,” he wrote on Twitter.