The Star Trek actor was accused by Scott Brunton, a former model and actor, of groping him when he was passed out drunk in 1981.
Takei, who is now traveling in Japan and Australia, denied Brunton's claims in a Twitter thread Saturday morning, saying, "I want to assure you all that I am as shocked and bewildered at these claims as you must feel reading them". Four of Brunton's friends confirmed he had related the story to them "years ago". Brunton said they exchanged numbers and went out after the former model broke up with a boyfriend. He says when he awoke his trousers were down and Takei was groping his crotch.
Takei said he's taking Brunton's claims "seriously", which is why he wanted to respond.
In addition to his stature as one of the seven prominent cast members on the original Star Trek TV series from the late 1960s (and subsequent movies featuring the cast in later years), Takei in recent years has used his voice in Hollywood to address social issues, including gay rights activism, after he revealed his sexuality in 2005.
"We have the drink, and he asks if I would like another", Brunton said in the magazine. "I am sure he'll disown all this, I don't know, maybe not".
"I want to assure you all that I am as shocked and bewildered at these claims as you must feel reading them", he wrote to his 2.79 million followers. He continues, "I've racked my brain to ask if I remember Mr. Brunton, and I can not say I do". Just a few days ago, the actor spoke out against Kevin Spacey calling his alleged sexual abuse of Anthony Rapp, "an abuse of power".
"Right now it is a he said / he said situation, over alleged events almost 40 years ago, " Takei wrote.
Takei called the accusations a "he said/he said situation" and added that the "very idea that someone would accuse me of this is quite personally painful". "He goes, 'You need to relax". At one point, Teich says she was summoned to the Oscar-winner's trailer on a set in 1987 and found him with his penis exposed. "No, I never did that", Takei said, shifting back to Weinstein's case, he noted, "It's not about sex, it's about power".
"I trusted him. That's what's always so weird, " Teich told Vulture.
In 2005, Takei came out publicly and revealed he had been in a relationship for 18 years.