Takei, Dreyfuss Are Latest to Be Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Takei accused of groping model, Dreyfuss accused of exposing himself to writer
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2017 5:00 AM CST
Latest to Be Accused of Sexual Misconduct: Takei, Dreyfuss
Actor George Takei attends the 32nd Annual Lucille Lortel Awards at the NYU Skirball Center on Sunday, May 7, 2017, in New York.   (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP)

George Takei and Richard Dreyfuss are the latest stars to be accused in Hollywood's sexual harassment scandal:

  • Scott R. Brunton, a former model and actor, says when he was 23 and living in Hollywood in 1981 he met Takei at a bar. They exchanged numbers and spoke here and there, and Takei eventually invited him to dinner and a show after Brunton and his boyfriend broke up. Brunton and Takei went back to Takei's condo for drinks, and after the second one, Brunton says he felt "very disoriented and dizzy" and soon 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 tells the Hollywood Reporter. He says he told Takei to stop and left. Four of Brunton's friends confirm he told them the story after it happened. Takei's rep said the Star Trek actor was not available for comment.

  • LA-based writer Jessica Teich says she was a researcher and junior writer on one of Dreyfuss's projects in the mid-1980s, when she was in her 20s. Dreyfuss, 12 years her senior and married with a child, asked her to meet him in his trailer one day and she arrived to find him with his penis out and erect, "and he sort of tried to draw me close to it," she tells Vulture. She left, and over the next few years, "he created a very hostile work environment, where I felt sexualized, objectified, and unsafe." She says he made lewd comments and tried to kiss her, among other things; once, during a work trip to DC, she says he "told me he’d spent the night with his ear next to the wall, listening to my movements in my hotel room." Dreyfuss responded to Teich's story, saying he was "an asshole" back then and "flirted with all women," but he "emphatically" denies exposing himself to Teich. He says he believed they were engaging in a "consensual seduction ritual that went on and on for many years" and is "horrified" to learn otherwise. Dreyfuss's son, Harry, is one of the Kevin Spacey accusers.
(More George Takei stories.)

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