George Takei blames Russian bots for the wave of sexual assault allegations in the news

There has been a wave of sexual assault allegations plaguing Hollywood this fall against men like Harvey Weinstein, Brett Ratner, and Louis C.K., shedding a light on what many say is the dark underbelly of the industry.

Recently, Star Trek actor George Takei was also accused of sexual misconduct, stemming from an incident with former model Scott R. Brun that allegedly occurred in the early 1980s.

From THR:

The two men went back to the actor’s condo for a drink the same night. “We have the drink and he asks if I would like another,” Brunton recalls. “And I said sure. So, I have the second one, and then all of a sudden, I begin feeling very disoriented and dizzy, and 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. So I sat down in that and leaned my head back and I must have passed out.”

“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,” Brunton says. “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.’ 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.’ So I managed to get my pants up and compose myself and I was just shocked. I walked out and went to my car until I felt well enough to drive home, and that was that.”

Takei took to Twitter to respond, saying he was “shocked and bewildered” by the claim, adding that it did not happen.

And Takei, in a now-deleted tweet, found a way to blame the Russians for the bad press.

Takei, now 80, is famous for playing Hikaru Sulu on the Star Trek television series. He is also an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ rights and social justice causes, routinely criticizing Republicans and President Trump.

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