Takei Blames Grope Jokes On ‘Naughty Gay Grandpa’ Persona

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    Amid allegations that he groped a former male model back in the 1980s, “Star Trek” actor George Takei has apologized for remarks he made during an interview with Howard Stern that appeared to prove that the allegations were true.

    During an October appearance on “The Howard Stern Show,” Takei was asked if he had ever grabbed men’s private parts without their consent. Takei paused for a long time before suggesting that he had indeed, but only at his home – an admission that mirrors the account of Takei’s accuser.

    “Some people are kind of skittish, or maybe, um… afraid, and you’re trying to persuade,” Takei said during the interview, prompting Stern to wonder aloud if he should call the police.

    In response to the uproar surrounding Takei’s perceived confession, he took to Facebook to clarify that the remarks were made in the context of his contrived public image.

    “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,” he wrote. “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.”

    “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 added.

    The 80-year-old emerged as a prominent and vocal critic of President Donald Trump in light of the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal, often taking to Twitter to accuse Trump of being a predator in light of the infamous Access Hollywood tapes.

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