Star Trek actor, left wing icon, and prominent celebrity Trump critic George Takei is in hot water yet again this month.
The actor has recently found himself under the microscope following allegations he sexually assaulted former male model Scott Brunton. Brunton claims the alleged incident happened in 1981.
Takei took to social media over the weekend to defend himself and pushed back on Brunton’s claims, saying he didn’t know his accuser at all. Takei also stressed that forcing himself on someone was, “so antithetical to my values and my practices, the very idea that someone would accuse me of this is quite personally painful.”
Unfortunately for George Takei, his denials didn’t stop people from wondering. And doing some digging. As it turns out, an interview from just last month on the Howard Stern Show has cast a fresh wave of doubt as to his claims of innocence:
Stern asked Takei whether or not he had ever grabbed a man’s genitals against his will.
Takei initially remained silent after Stern’s question, but then chuckled and said, “Uh-oh.”
When Stern pressed the issue, Takei responded, “Some people are kind of skittish, or maybe, um, uh, afraid, and you’re trying to persuade.”
“Maybe it was some guy who was hesitating to have sex with you and you gave him a gentle squeeze or something?” Stern asked.
Takei answered, “More than gentle.”
Stern’s co-host, Robin Quivers, then asked Takei if this sort of grabbing behavior occurred at the workplace.
“No, it wasn’t at work,” Taken answered. “It was either in my home ? they came to my home.”
As Takei himself is famous for saying: Oh my.
In a post on Facebook, Takei tried to walk back the Stern interview, suggesting he was playing a “naughty gay grandpa” role and that it wasn’t real.
Many have raised concern over a back-and-forth between Howard Stern and myself, where we joked about me touching men…
I’m not buying it. But you can listen to the interview here and judge for yourself.
Oh well. At least he’s not blaming the Russians this time around.
(Originally published at American Lens)