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.
“Some people are kind of skittish, or maybe, um, uh, afraid, and you’re trying to persuade,” said Takei.
Stern even asked, jokingly, “Do we need to call the police?”
“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,” Takei wrote on Facebook.
“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.”