Star Trek star George Takei has opened up about recent sexual assault allegations made against him, denying the claim.
"I'm writing to respond to the accusations made by Scott R. Bruton," Takei wrote on Twitter. "I want to assure you all that I am as shocked and bewildered at these claims as you must feel reading them."
He added, "The events he describes back in the 1980s simply did not occur, and I do not know why he has claimed them now. I have wracked my brain to ask if I remember Mr. Brunton, and I cannot say I do...But I do take these claims very seriously, and I wanted to provide my response thoughtfully and not out of the moment."
Takei went on to stress how the allegations simply aren't in character for him. "Right now it is a he said / he said situation, over alleged events nearly 40 years ago," adding, "But those that know me understand that non-consensual acts are so antithetical to my values and my practices, the very idea that someone would accuse me of this is quite personally painful."
He concluded, "Brad, who is 100 percent beside me on this, as my life partner of more than 30 years and now my husband, stands fully by my side. I cannot tell you how vital it has been to have his unwavering support and love in these difficult times."