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Star Trek Legend Blames His Sex Scandal On Russia

“Russian bots” are responsible for allegations that George Takei sexually assaulted a man in 1981, according to the former “Star Trek” star.

The Huffington Post reported that the actor, who became a gay-rights activist following the television show’s run in the 1960s, refuted the story that Scott R. Brunton told on CNN last week. The former fashion model said that when he was 23 years old and Takei was in his 40s, the science-fiction legend groped him after he had passed out from drinking too much alcohol. Brunton accused the man who portrayed “Mr. Sulu” of attempting to strip off his underwear.

The ex-model explained that he had met the actor at a gay bar. “I heard this voice and I don’t know if you’ve ever heard George Takei speak, but he has a booming voice and his laugh was familiar,” Brunton recalled. “I looked through the crowd and told my boyfriend, ‘Look, that’s Sulu.’” He got Takei’s phone number, and eventually agreed to have dinner and go to a theater with him.

On Monday, Takei told his Twitter followers about his conspiracy theory concerning Russia. He claimed that Kremlin operatives have targeted him because he spoke out against Vladimir Putin’s opposition to LGBTQ rights, according to Towleroad.com. The actor wrote: “A friend sent me this. It is a chart of what Russian bots have been doing to amplify stories containing the allegations against me. It’s clear they want to cow me into silence, but do not fear, friends. I won’t succumb to that.”

Takei continued: “By way of background, when I criticized Putin’s anti-LGBT policies publicly, Russian bots attacked my FB page relentlessly, and we had to develop special security measures and ban all traffic from within the Russian Federation and the Ukraine. I am accustomed to their practices.”

The actor has since deleted the tweet featuring the chart, which indicated that his name’s popularity online had soared nearly 200,000 percent. The document reportedly came from SecuringDemocracy.org, a group that claims to monitor “Russia-linked influence networks on Twitter.”

The controversy has generated considerable attention on social media, with many people questioning Takei’s arguments. Among them is Glenn Greenwald, the independent reporter who helped whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal the National Security Agency’s mass-surveillance program. However, Uproxx reported that “it’s not unreasonable” to suspect Russian bots of spreading false accusations against a famous American who slams their country’s leader.

The 80-year-old former star’s agent told the television network that his client was unable to respond immediately because he was traveling. Later, Takei tweeted that Brunton’s charges “shocked and bewildered” him. He wrote: “The events he describes back in the 1980s simply did not occur … but I do take these claims very seriously. 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.”

Source: HuffPost
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