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George Takei apologises for joking about 'touching men'

ANI | Updated: Nov 15, 2017 12:55 IST

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov 15 (ANI) 'Star Trek' actor George Takei has recently apologised for the comments he made about sexual assault during an October interview with TV personality Howard Stern.

The actor took to his Facebook account and posted a message, saying, he would "never do something against someone's will" and apologised for "making fun of a serious matter."

He wrote, "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."

"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. Sometimes my dates were the initiators, and sometimes I was. It was always by mutual consent. I see now that that it has come across poorly in the awkward sketch, and I apologise for playing along with Howard's insinuation," it added.

"Non-consensual acts are anathema to me and my personal code of conduct, and I would never do something against anyone's will, period," he concluded.

Recently, former model Scott R. Brunton accused Takei of sexually assaulting him in 1981.

However, the 'Milan' star has denied the allegations of sexual assault made by a former model and actor in the 1980s. (ANI)