After a string of high-profile Hollywood celebrities and politicians having been accused of sexual assault, the accused have all chosen notably different responses. Harvey Weinstein, the subject of a criminal investigation, has largely fallen silent and into exile. Louis C.K. immediately admitted the allegations from his accusers to be true.
But George Takei, the latest celebrity to find themselves in the cross-hairs of sexual assault allegations, has since blamed the ensuing scandal and political fallout occurring in real-time over social media on the Russians.
Takei’s insistence that Russian government trolls have personally targeted him to fan the flames of controversy surrounding his accusations is the latest indication that Russia’s malign influence and activities, real or imagined, has taken a permanent fixture in American politics and entertainment.
Takei was confronted with accusations that he groped a male model in 1981 that had passed out after drinking at the actor’s condo. The accuser said he was prompted to tell his story after the domino effect of all the other Hollywood sexual assault stories that have come out recently, and specifically after Takei made a point to go after Kevin Spacey. “When he started in on Kevin Spacey, I thought, ‘Oh my God, the hypocrisy,'” said Scott Brunton.