George Takei has denounced a groping joke he previously made on Howard Stern‘s radio show.
As we previously reported, the Star Trek alum was recently accused of sexually assaulting former model and actor Scott R. Brunton in the ’80s. While Takei fiercely denied the accusation, an interview with Stern has since resurfaced, which featured him joking about touching men.
Although George still maintains his innocence, the 80-year-old acknowledged how distasteful the bit was and apologized for making light of a serious situation. In a statement on Facebook, Takei wrote:
“Many have raised concern over a back-and-forth between Howard Stern and myself, where we joked about me touching men during my Star Trek days 50 years ago. 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.”
Okay, good start. He continued:
“For decades, I have played the part of a ‘naughty gay grandpa’ when I visit Howard’s show, a caricature I now regret. But I want to be clear: I have never forced myself upon someone during a date. Sometimes my dates were the initiators, and sometimes I was. It was always by mutual consent. I see now that that it has come across poorly in the awkward sketch, and I apologize for playing along with Howard’s insinuation.”
Hmmm, we wonder what Brunton thinks about all of this?? Regardless, Takei is vehement that he is against non-consensual acts, as he concluded:
“Non-consensual acts are anathema to me and my personal code of conduct, and I would never do something against anyone’s will, period.”
Huh. What do YOU think of this apology??
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