Another day, and another round of sexual harassment and misconduct allegations have emerged with a bunch of new names now being implicated.
“Star Trek” icon George Takei has responded to an accusation of sexual assault made against him by former model and actor Scott R. Brunton who alleged an incident at Takei’s home in 1981 when the actor passed out and awoke to find Takei “groping at my crotch and trying to get my underwear off”. Takei is an author, producer and social activist and a notable ambassador for the LGBTQ community and writes on Twitter that the events “simply did not occur” and adds:
“I am as shocked and bewildered at these claims as you must feel reading them. 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. I do take these claims very seriously, and I wanted to provide my response thoughtfully and not out of the moment.
Right now it is a he said/he said situation, over alleged events nearly 40 years ago. 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. Brad, who is 100 percent beside me on this, as my life partner of more than 30 years and now my husband, stands fully by my side. I cannot tell you how vital it has been to have his unwavering support and love in these difficult times.”
Meanwhile action icon Steven Seagal, who has already been under fire in recent weeks for allegations of inappropriate behavior, has denied he sexually harassed a young actress and now Hollywood executive on the set of his 1991 movie “Out for Justice” according to a new story in The New York Post.
The woman, who asked not to be named for fear of repercussions, alleges that Seagal insisted that all the new actresses gather for him to ‘check us all out’. Then she was led to his personal trailer by a wardrobe assistant to change into a corset. Seagal reportedly barged in saying: “I need to see what you look like”. When she screamed for the wardrobe person, he smirked and said: “It’s OK, I like nice girls, too”.
The next night Seagal allegedly called her at home and asked her to come to his hotel room to listen to music. She said she didn’t feel comfortable doing that and alleges Seagal responded with: “You are not comfortable about coming over and sitting on my face for an hour?”. The ex-actress says: “I told him, ‘You’re married,’ and he just said, ‘Ah, you are no fun.’ I worked for two weeks, then they let me go. If I’d gone to the hotel room and slept with him I would have had a much better role.”
The unnamed woman says she recounted the ordeal to a fellow actress on the movie who said to her: “He didn’t give you a pager? He has given them to a few actresses, and when he pages, you have to go immediately to his hotel room, even if it is 3am.” Seagal was married at the time to Kelly LeBrock and the incident reportedly occurred just after she had given birth to their second child.
The report follows on from actresses Jenny McCarthy, Portia de Rossi and Julianna Margulies who have also accused Seagal of inappropriate behaviour in recent weeks. Seagal’s lawyer, Marty Singer denies the allegations to the paper saying: “This is totally false … It is interesting this person doesn’t give her name to give her claims legitimacy.”
Then The Sydney Morning Herald reports that “Pitch Perfect” actress Rebel Wilson has accused an unnamed ‘male star’, who she said was in a “position of power”, of repeatedly asking her to go in a room with him and for her to penetrate his rectum with her finger while his friends filmed the incident on their phones and laughed. She says she: “repeatedly said no and eventually got out of the room.”
She also claimed she had a separate “hotel room encounter” with a “top director”, but said nothing physical happened after his wife called and she heard her shouting at him for sleeping with actresses.