George Takei Blames ‘Russian Bots’ for Sex Harassment Allegations

Mr. Sulu’s brain seems to have gone warp speed — with an emphasis on warp.

After a bombshell report from Scott R. Bruton accusing Star Trek’s George Takei of groping him thirty years ago was released on November 11, Takei said these allegations were fake. He tweeted that “The events [Bruton] describes back in the 1980s simply did not occur, and I do not know why he has claimed them now.”

Later on Twitter, Takei decided to blame Russia for the allegations being perpetuated on social media. Showing a chart of trending topics, he called it “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.”

He tried to explain that he is indeed the victim of Russian bots, because of his homosexuality. In another tweet explaining his innocence (and those pesky Russians,) he said, “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.”

Takei tried to explain away his accuser’s story by saying, “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.”

On the Howard Stern show, in October, Stern asked his guest George Takei if he had ever grabbed someone “against their will.” When Takei remained silent, Stern said, “Uh oh. You’ve never sexually harassed anyone, have you?”

Takei responded, “Some people are kind of…um…skittish. Oh maybe afraid, and you’re trying to persuade.”

Oh, my.

This post originally appeared on NewsBusters

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