George Takei sorry for 'joking' about grabbing men in Howard Stern interview, blames 'naughty gay grandpa' caricatureNovember 14, 2017 10:31pm

Nov. 14-- George Takei is apologizing for discussing grabbing men in an interview with Howard Stern that took place just weeks before the "Star Trek" star was accused of groping an ex-model.

Takei, 80, appeared on "The Howard Stern Show" in October and was asked if he had ever grabbed anyone, and after a long pause, he did say he had grabbed men consensually, but not in a work or a power setting.

"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 fifty 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," he wrote on Facebook Monday night.

"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," he continued.

The interview took place after countless women had accused Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment or rape, before a man accused Takei last week of groping his genitals in 1981. The two men were discussing the irony of Weinstein's actions after President Trump was caught on video saying "grab 'em by the p--y" while discussing what you can get away with when you're famous.

In the interview with Stern, Takei paused when asked if he ever grabbed anyone.

"Some people are kind of skittish, or maybe, um, uh, afraid, and you're trying to persuade," Takei said in the interview from last month.

Stern even asked, jokingly, "Do we need to call the police?"

Takei clarified and said: "It's not about sex, it's about power" when referring to instances like Weinstein.

"It was either in my home. They came to my home," Takei continued, clarifying he never held a job over somebody for sex.

Stern, in an attempt to clarify, brought up a scenario asking if Takei would give a man who was hesitating to have sex with him a gentle squeeze.

"More than a gentle," he said. "But it didn't involve power over the other."

On Saturday, Takei denied the allegations made by former model and actor Scott Brunton, who accused Takei of groping him when he was 23 after he passed out from drinks at the then-43-year-old actor's home.

"I want to assure you all that I am as shocked and bewildered at these claims as you must feel reading them," Takei wrote. "The events he describes back in the 1980s simply did not occur."

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