The person who alleges George Takei drugged and tried to make the most of him sexually practically 4 a long time in the past says he stands firmly behind his story after an article within the Observer forged him as strolling again a few of his claims.
Scott Brunton informed BuzzFeed Information in November that in 1981, he caught Takei “on prime of me, making an attempt along with his hand down my underwear [to] pull my underwear down” after he briefly misplaced consciousness contained in the actor’s Los Angeles condominium.
However in an article printed by the Observer on Thursday titled “Unique: George Takei’s Accuser Has Modified His Story of Drugging and Assault,” Brunton is painted as somebody who now can not recall some particulars of that night time and should have misinterpreted Takei’s alleged actions.
Calling Brunton a “sympathetic and well-intentioned man,” the writer, Shane Snow, wrote that in his effort to be heard, Brunton “fabricated some issues.”
“This and different proof would point out a hard-to-swallow conclusion: We — each public and press — bought the George Takei assault story fallacious,” Snow wrote.
Snow goes on to level out what he says are inconsistencies in Brunton’s interviews with numerous media shops, and cites a toxicologist who says, based mostly on what Brunton described, no drugging probably happened. A former prosecutor additionally informed the Observer that based mostly on Brunton’s story, “there’s nothing to prosecute right here.”
Snow additionally spoke with Brunton’s former boyfriend on the time and his ex-fiance, who mentioned they don’t recall Brunton telling them comparable allegations.
A consultant for Takei referred a BuzzFeed Information inquiry to the actor’s feedback on social media, the place he tweeted a hyperlink to the Observer story on Friday together with a message to the general public.
“As a lot of you realize, this has been a really troublesome interval for myself and my husband Brad as we now have handled the affect of those accusations, however we’re blissful to see that this nightmare is lastly drawing to a detailed,” he tweeted.
“As I said earlier than, I don’t keep in mind Mr. Brunton or any of the occasions he described from forty years in the past, however I do perceive that this was a part of an important nationwide dialog that we as a society should have, painful because it is perhaps.
“It’s in that spirit that I need of us to know, regardless of what he has put us by way of, I don’t bear Mr. Brunton any ailing will, and I want him peace.”
However in an interview with BuzzFeed Information on Friday, Brunton mentioned he stood firmly behind his story and accused Snow of twisting his phrases within the curiosity of vindicating Takei, who’s featured within the writer’s upcoming e-book.
“I stored considering, ‘What is that this man’s angle?’” Brunton mentioned of Snow. “He got here throughout as this golly gee man from Idaho. He mentioned, ‘Let’s resolve this.’”
In line with Brunton, the so-called inconsistencies Snow factors out in his article have been reflections of what numerous information organizations selected to print, not what he informed them.
He additionally mentioned Snow “stored asking me, ‘Isn’t it attainable that George didn’t drug you?’ I stored saying, ‘No, no.’”
Brunton’s husband, Dick Wolfe, a former federal prosecutor, informed BuzzFeed Information that he listened in on a number of the interviews and mentioned Snow “wasn’t questioning.”
“What this man was doing was what would solely be allowed within the courtroom by a hostile interrogation….he got here very main in the way in which he was asking questions,” Wolfe mentioned.
In an e mail Friday, Snow informed BuzzFeed Information that they’ve every little thing Brunton mentioned on tape and that he and his editors did “an unlimited quantity of reality checking.”
“We didn’t work with Takei, and I by no means even spoke to him, his husband, or publicist,” he added.
The Observer’s editor in chief, Ben Robinson, additionally informed BuzzFeed Information that Snow makes it clear in his story that his intent in investigating the allegations was clear: “that he was severely contemplating eradicating Takei’s chapter from his e-book, however discovered it curious that Takei didn’t appear to show the identical systematic abuse patterns as has been discovered with many different accused males, and thought it was price trying into additional.”
“One potential consequence was uncovering these additional allegations directed towards Takei, which, truthfully, would’ve been a a lot greater story,” Robinson added. “He tried to seek out that story, and didn’t.”
Nonetheless, Brunton mentioned regardless of how he’s forged within the Observer article, “it doesn’t change the very fact of what occurred.”
“And the truth that I awoke with my pants round my ankles, my shirt pulled off, he’s on prime of me making an attempt to get my underwear off,” Brunton mentioned. “The core of the story doesn’t change.”
Brunton says that in the summertime of 1981 in Los Angeles, he had simply gone by way of a foul breakup when Takei, then 44 and well-known for his function as Lt. Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek, supplied to take him out in town to cheer him up.
The 2 males knew one another socially, however hadn’t hung out collectively one-on-one earlier than. After a night out, Brunton mentioned he agreed to come back to Takei’s condominium for a cocktail. However by the second drink, Brunton mentioned he felt like he was going to cross out.
“I mentioned, ‘I’ve to lie down.’ He mentioned, ‘Come over right here and sit,’” Brunton informed BuzzFeed Information in an interview.
The subsequent factor he mentioned he remembers is waking up on a beanbag chair, his pants down round his ankles, and Takei on prime of him pushing his hand down his underwear.
Brunton mentioned he then pushed Takei off and requested what he was doing, to which the actor mentioned he was simply making an attempt to make him comfy. Brunton left quickly after.
5 of Brunton’s buddies independently informed BuzzFeed Information that they heard him inform the story at numerous instances over time.
Takei by no means responded to a number of requests for remark for the story in November, however after it printed, he mentioned on Twitter that he didn’t keep in mind Brunton and that the occasions he described “merely didn’t happen.”
“I wish to guarantee you all that I’m as shocked and bewildered at these claims as you have to really feel studying them,” Takei tweeted. “The occasions he describes again within the 1980s merely didn’t happen, and I have no idea why he has claimed them now.”
The Observer article additionally posits that Brunton might have additionally simply misinterpreted what may have been a “courtship ritual” for homosexual males on the time.
“Somebody younger and new to this scene may definitely be stunned to be taught that going out with a man, then heading again to his house and having drinks collectively, would nearly robotically be thought of an invite for intercourse in these days,” Snow wrote, citing individuals “who lived in LA within the early 1980s.”
Snow additionally notes within the Observer article that, below questioning, Brunton “confessed” that he didn’t keep in mind Takei touching his genitals, nonetheless, that accusation was by no means made in his interview with BuzzFeed Information and others final yr.
However Robinson informed BuzzFeed Information that after “months of analysis and hours of telephone calls,” Brunton’s account to Snow about that night time differed from experiences in different shops that mentioned Takei was “groping my crotch.”
He additionally stood by the Observer’s characterization of Brunton altering his story, noting that some parts of his story remained the identical in his descriptions to the Observer and different shops, and a few modified.
Brunton mentioned the article “makes it appear to be I confessed, like I made the entire thing up,” when there isn’t a doubt in his thoughts about what occurred that night time.
“To be questioned like this, I perceive why girls don’t come ahead after they have been raped,” he mentioned by way of tears. “You wore that quick skirt. You have been at that bar — I type of perceive why individuals don’t come ahead.”