George Takei is walking back questionable comments he made approximately grabbing men to “persuade” them to occupy sex in the wake of a sexual assault allegation against him.
Days after former model Scott R. Brunton said Takei groped him without his consent 36 years ago in the actor’s domestic, a month-out of date interview between the “Star Trek” star and radio host Howard Stern resurfaced that certainly didn’t achieve him any favors.
In the conversation, Takei jokes approximately touching men against their will back in his “Star Trek” heyday, seemingly admitting to some inappropriate behavior, while still maintaining that everything was consensual.
On Monday, the actor apologized for the comments he made on-air, explaining that he was playing a “naughty homosexual grandpa” caricature, something he now regrets.
“Many occupy raised concern over a back-and-forth between Howard Stern and myself, where we joked approximately me touching men during my Star Trek days fifty years ago,” Takei wrote on Facebook. “Out of context, I agree that the joke was distasteful, and I’m very sorry he and I made fun out of a serious matter.”
“I want to be clear: I occupy never forced myself upon someone during a date. Sometimes my dates were the initiators, and sometimes I was,” he continued. “It was always by mutual consent. I see now that that it has reach across poorly in the awkward sketch, and I apologize for playing along with Howard’s insinuation.”
He then reiterated that non-consensual acts proceed against everything he believes in and that he would never engage in this kind of behavior.
Well, at least he’s not blaming Russian bots for this scandal anymore.
Read Takei’s full post below.