A man who claimed George Takei sexually assaulted him is facing backlash after walking back those statements.
Former model Scott Brunton previously said that Takei had drugged him and touched his genitals without his permission in 1981, according to Gay Star News. Brunton later said the actor did not assault him after reports over conflicting info in his story came out.
“He was 20 years older than me and short,” Brunton said. “And I wasn’t attracted to Asian men… 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.”
An Observer report talked to toxicologists and ruled out the possibility of a spiked drink. The report also pointed out that Brunton also mixed up details to different publications, including saying Takei was shirtless to one but in a white t-shirt to another.
Takei has maintained his innocence since Brunton had initially made the allegation against him in 2017.
“The events he describes back in the 1980s simply did not occur, and I do not know why he has claimed them now,” Takei tweeted.“I have wracked my brain to ask if I remember Mr Brunton, and I cannot say I do.”
The events he describes back in the 1980s simply did not occur, and I do not know why he has claimed them now. I have wracked my brain to ask if I remember Mr. Brunton, and I cannot say I do. /2— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) November 11, 2017
Since retracting his claims, Burton said he has been called a “racist” and a “liar.”