George Takei 'shocked & bewildered' at sexual assault claims made against him

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Uproxx noted that "it's not unreasonable" to imagine that Russian bots might spread a negative story about a high-profile celebrity who's criticized both President Donald Trump and Putin.

Brunton told The Hollywood Reporter that when he was 23, he met Takei, who was in his 40s at the time, at a local bar.

Former actor and model Scott Brunton alleged that Takei assaulted him in the "Star Trek" actor's condo in 1981.

He said he grew dizzy and "must have passed out", awaking to his trousers around his ankles and Takei groping him. When he woke up, Takei was on top of him, trying to take off his clothes. Takei then goes on to say that "they came to my home", and says that his relationships with men don't involve him having any power over them, and are not related to work.

Bruton said that he and Takei went back to the actor's condominium for a drink later that evening.

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The legal definition of sexual assault includes fondling someone's body without their "explicit consent", which means if Takei did have a practice of "persuading" men into sex, he risked sexual assault every time he crossed a line-assuming that the man he was "persuading" would consent. Days later, Takei tweeted two messages suggesting that Russian Federation was behind the story, promoting the allegations using bots.

On a statement posted to his Facebook page, Takei denied the claims.

Even some self-described liberals agreed that Takei shouldn't be given the benefit of a doubt if that's not granted to Moore, especially when the national conversation around sexual misconduct has shifted to believing victims.

George Takei has denied allegations of sexual assault, but recent comments he made while appearing on "The Howard Stern Show" are bringing doubts. Stern asked Takei, referencing the recording of Trump boasting about grabbing women by their genitals. What he said recently on Stern is drawing questions.

It's at that point that Stern asked Takei if he never hassled anybody for sex, or grabbed their genitals.

"Well, they were different times", Stern says. You never held a job over someone if they didn't touch your c-k?

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"Some people that are kind of skittish, or maybe afraid, and you're trying to persuade", Takei says after a big laugh.

"Do we need to call the police?"

"What is he saying, Howard?"

Quivers: But you didn't do this grabbing at work? "It was either in my home ― they came to my home".

Brunton said he told Takei he wasn't interested, and said that Takei told him "to relax".

Another big name has been added to the ever growing list of sexual abusers and predators since the Harvey Weinstein scandal was cracked wide open.

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