Oh my. Encouraged by the recent scandals involving Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacdey, a former model and actor is accusing Star Trek icon George Takei of sexual assault in 1981, an story which four friends of the actor say he confided in them over the years, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
"The next thing I remember I was coming to and he had my pants down around my ankles and he was groping my crotch.."https://t.co/J0zBN7zz9y
— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) November 11, 2017
Accuser Scott R. Brunton, who was 23 at the time of the alleged incident, says Takai brought him up to his apartment, got him drink, and woke up to Takei about to go to town on him:
Takei, as Brunton tells it, invited him to dinner and the theater. “He was very good at consoling me and understanding that I was upset and still in love with my boyfriend,” Brunton says. “He was a great ear. He was very good about me spilling my heart on my sleeve.”
The two men went back to the actor’s condo for a drink the same night. “We have the drink and he asks if I would like another,” Brunton recalls. “And I said sure. So, I have the second one, and then all of a sudden, I begin feeling very disoriented and dizzy, and I thought I was going to pass out. I said I need to sit down and he said sit over here and he had the giant yellow beanbag chair. So I sat down in that and leaned my head back and I must have passed out.”
“The next thing I remember I was coming to and he had my pants down around my ankles and he was groping my crotch and trying to get my underwear off and feeling me up at the same time, trying to get his hands down my underwear,” Brunton says. “I came to and said, ‘What are you doing?!’ I said, ‘I don’t want to do this.’ He goes, ‘You need to relax. I am just trying to make you comfortable. Get comfortable.’ And I said, ‘No. I don’t want to do this.’ And I pushed him off and he said, ‘OK, fine.’ And I said I am going to go and he said, ‘If you feel you must. You’re in no condition to drive.’ I said, ‘I don’t care I want to go.’ So I managed to get my pants up and compose myself and I was just shocked. I walked out and went to my car until I felt well enough to drive home, and that was that.”
This pussy-in-the-hat is not to be grabbed… pic.twitter.com/oXWN4Uc7f2
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) October 18, 2016
But apparently a drunk 23 year old’s dick is, allegedly, fair game.
Second up on the Friday night accusation train is Anthony Edwards – who accused producer Gary Goddard of molesting him when he was 14.
Edwards, in an explosive new essay, claims that Goddard befriended him when he was 12 years old and proceeded to sexually molest him.
“Pedophiles prey on the weak. My father, who suffered from undiagnosed PTSD from WWII, was not emotionally available. Everyone has the need to bond, and I was no exception. My vulnerability was exploited. I was molested by Goddard, my best friend was raped by him — and this went on for years. The group of us, the gang, stayed quiet.”
All these accusations are flying – what about due process?
With all these accusations flying around, one has to question the value of hearsay in the court of public opinion. During the 2016 election, nearly a dozen women came forward to accuse President Trump of sexual deviancy.Absent any evidence or corroboration, each of the accusers faded back into the shadows.
Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore was also recently accused of having inappropriate relationships with underage girls 38 years ago – however upon review of the accusers and the way the story came together, the claims are now dubious.
Louis C.K. was just outed for jerking off in front of several women – a claim he admitted to after a story came out (but denied two months ago)
Everyone applauding Louis CK "owning up" in apology: he did it because NYT report and women going on the record forced him to.
— Nick Corasaniti (@NYTnickc) November 10, 2017
And now George Takei stands accused of groping a passed out drunk guy in his apartment in 1981 – a story apparently corroborated by several friends of the alleged victim.
So what’s the standard here in the absence of solid evidence?
Actor Jeremy Piven was recently accused of groping reality TV star Ariane Bellamar without her consent on two occasions, one of them allegedly on the set of Entourage. Piven vehemently denied the charge, offering to take a Polygrpah test to prove his innocence. Days later, actress Cassidy Freeman accused the actor of “predatory behavior,” and on Thursday, a third woman named Tiffany Bacon said Piven rubbed his dick on her without consent and ejaculated “all over my white turtleneck” in 2003.
Piven wrote in response to the allegations:
“We seem to be entering dark times — allegations are being printed as facts and lives are being put in jeopardy without a hearing, due process or evidence I hope we can give people the benefit of a doubt before we rush to judgment,” he wrote. “Continuing to tear each other down and destroy careers based on mere allegations is not productive on any level. I hope we can use this moment to begin a constructive dialogue on these issues, which are real and need to be addressed.”
Where do we draw the line when the cases aren’t so clear-cut and there’s a lack of evidence? One accuser? Two accusers? Several friends of the accusers? People who didn’t work for their accusers’ political enemies?If you enjoy the content at iBankCoin, please follow us on Twitter