A former male mannequin has accused actor George Takei of sexually assaulting him in 1981, including to the rising listing of Hollywood personalities caught up by the rising wave of scandal. On Friday, the Hollywood Reporter printed an interview with Scott R. Brunton, who says he was groped by the previous “Star Trek” actor when Brunton was 23 and Takei was in his 40s. According to the article, Takei tried to take away Brunton’s underwear after Brunton handed out from ingesting at Takei’s rental. In a Facebook submit, Takei denied the cost.
Actor Richard Dreyfuss, 70, was additionally accused of inappropriate sexual conduct on Friday. According to Vulture, the previous “Jaws” star harassed author author Jessica Teich over two to a few years, whereas she was engaged on a present he was producing, and as soon as uncovered himself to her.
Other claims of impropriety have come to mild prior to now 24 hours: Former “ER” actor Anthony Edwards wrote a submit on Medium claiming that he had been molested by producer Gary Goddard, who acted as a mentor and private supervisor to Edwards throughout the actor’s early profession. Goddard’s spokesperson has denied the cost. Also on Friday, actress Ellen Page wrote on Facebook that director Brett Ratner outed her as homosexual on the set of “X-Men: The Last Stand.” The actress, who was 18 at the moment, wrote that “I was a young adult who had not yet come out to myself. I knew I was gay, but did not know, so to speak. I felt violated when this happened.”
Brunton and Teich each stated they had been impressed to come back ahead after studying statements of assist made by Takei and Dreyfuss within the wake of sexual-assault claims by others. Dreyfuss’s son, actor Harry Dreyfuss, stated Kevin Spacey groped him when he was 18, prompting his father to submit on Twitter that he was “so extremely proud” of his son.
“When I read about his support for his son, which I would never question, I remember thinking, ‘But wait a minute, this guy harassed me for months,” Teich advised Vulture. “He was in a position of so much power over me, and I didn’t feel I could tell anyone about it. It just seemed so hypocritical.”
Takei, now 80, is an LGBTQ icon who has been outspoken in his condemnation of sexual assault. After actor Anthony Rapp accused Kevin Spacey of assault — prompting Spacey to come back out as homosexual — Takei advised the Hollywood Reporter that “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.”
Brunton says he was susceptible after a romantic breakup, and that Takei comforted him one evening over the course of dinner, theater and drinks at Takei’s house. After Brunton handed out, he says, he got here to, solely to search out “my pants down around my ankles and [that Takei] was groping my crotch and trying to get my underwear off.” Brunton says he advised Takei “No, I don’t want to do this,” and pushed him off, to which Takei responded, “Okay, fine.” Brunton says he’s searching for an apology from Takei.
Takei’s Facebook assertion denying the accusation stated, “The occasions he describes again within the 1980s merely didn’t happen, and I have no idea why he has claimed them now. I’ve wracked my mind to ask if I bear in mind Mr. Brunton, and I can not say I do. But I do take these claims very severely, and I needed to offer my response thoughtfully and never out of the second.
“Right now it’s a he stated / he stated scenario, over alleged occasions almost 40 years in the past,” Takei wrote. “But those that know me understand that non-consensual acts are so antithetical to my values and my practices, the very idea that someone would accuse me of this is quite personally painful.”
According to Teich’s account, she was was in her mid-20’s, working as a junior author on a mission that Dreyfuss was producing known as “Funny, You Don’t Look 200: A Constitutional Vaudeville” when the harassment began. At one level, Teich says she was summoned to the Oscar-winner’s trailer on a set in 1987 and located him along with his penis uncovered. “I can’t remember how my face got close to his penis, but I do remember that the idea was that I was going to give him a blow job. I didn’t, and I left.”
“I trusted him. That’s what’s always so weird,” Teich advised Vulture. “I liked him. That’s part of why it’s so painful, because of the level of innocence one brings to these things.”
Dreyfuss has not but reacted to the accusation and his spokesperson didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
In Anthony Edwards’ heartbreaking submit, the actor remembers that he was 12 when he met Goddard and says that the movie, tv and theater producer shortly turned a mentor. Edwards says Goddard preyed upon him as a result of he was susceptible and that he molested him for years and raped his finest good friend.
“One of the most tragic effects of sexual abuse in children is that the victims often feel deeply responsible — as if it is somehow their fault,” Edwards wrote. “With their sick form of control, abusers exploit a child’s natural desire to bond.”
Edwards additionally wrote that he as soon as confronted Goddard, years later, in an airport and that Goddard “swore to his remorse.”
Goddard’s publicist, Sam Singer, stated in a press release that Goddard “is saddened by the false accusations.”