George Takei blames Russian bots for spreading sexual assault allegation

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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George Takei blamed Russian bots for spreading the sexual assault allegation against him in a now-deleted tweet.

Male model Scott Brunton recently accused George Takei of sexually assaulting him in 1981. Brunton told the Hollywood Reporter that while having drinks with Takei he began to feel woozy and passed out. Brunton alleges that when he woke up, his pants were down and Takei was groping his crotch.

Takei has denied the allegations saying that “non-consensual acts are so antithetical to my values and my practices.”

In another tweet that is now deleted, Takei posted a chart of Russian bot activity from SecuringDemocracy.org. The chart shows that “George Takei” and “Takei” are at the top of the list.

“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 tweets. “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.”

In a recent appearance on “The Howard Stern Show,” Takei and Stern were discussing the allegations against Harvey Weinstein.

“You never hassled anybody, or grabbed their c*ck?” Stern asks Takei who hesitates.

“Well, they were different times,” Stern says. “[But] you never sexually harassed anyone. Have you?”

“Well, it’s some people that are kind of, um, skittish, or maybe afraid, and you’re trying to persuade,” Takei replies.

“What is he saying, Howard?” Stern’s co-host Robin Quivers asks. “But you didn’t do this grabbing at work?”

“Oh no, no, it wasn’t at work,” Takei says. “It was in my home, they came to my home.”

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