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George Takei, Richard Dreyfuss among stars facing sexual misconduct claims

George Takei at the 2017 Lucille Lortel Theatre Awards at the NYU Skirball Center on May 8, 2017. (Joseph Marzullo/WENN.com)

Actors Richard Dreyfuss and George Takei are among the latest figures in Hollywood to face allegations of sexual misconduct as aftershocks from the fall of producer Harvey Weinstein continue to rattle the film industry.

Since the New York Times and the New Yorker published reports last month on accusations against Weinstein by numerous women ranging from inappropriate comments to rape, dozens of other women and some men have come forward claiming they experienced similar abuse at the hands of other powerful men.

The Hollywood Reporter revealed Friday that a onetime struggling model is accusing “Star Trek” actor Takei of groping him after meeting in a bar in 1981. Takei said on Twitter Saturday that the incident “simply did not occur.”

Takei said his husband is "100 percent beside me on this."

Dreyfuss allegedly sexually harassed a researcher and junior writer who was working with him on a 1987 ABC comedy special, according to a report by Vulture.

"I remember walking up the steps into the trailer and turning towards my left. And he was at the back of the trailer, and just - his penis was out, and he sort of tried to draw me close to him," writer Jessica Teich told the website in a statement.

In response, Dreyfuss said he is “horrified and bewildered” to learn his interaction with Teich was not consensual, but he denied ever exposing himself to her.

"I did flirt with her, and I remember trying to kiss Jessica as part of what I thought was a consensual seduction ritual that went on and on for many years," he said in a statement, adding that he will now reassess every relationship he has ever had that he believed was “playful and mutual.”

Dreyfuss' son is among the young male actors who have accused Kevin Spacey of preying on them. Spacey denied his claims.

"I love my son @harrydreyfuss more than I could explain with all the words in the world. And I am so incredibly proud of him right now," Dreyfuss tweeted last week.

Former “ER” star Anthony Edwards has leveled serious accusations against a Broadway producer he met when he was a child, alleging in a Medium post Friday that Gary Goddard molested him and raped another young actor.

"I met Goddard when I was 12, and he quickly became a dominant force in my life," Edwards wrote. "He taught me about the value of acting, respect for friendship, and the importance of studying. Pedophiles prey on the weak. My father, who suffered from undiagnosed PTSD from WWII, was not emotionally available. Everyone has the need to bond, and I was no exception. My vulnerability was exploited. I was molested by Goddard, my best friend was raped by him — and this went on for years."

A spokesperson for Goddard disputed Edwards' story.

"Gary first met Anthony more than 40 years ago. Gary was a mentor, teacher and a friend to Anthony, which makes this story all the more disturbing to him. As to the allegations that Mr. Edwards made in his post today, I can unequivocally deny them on Gary's behalf," publicist Sam Singer told Deadline.com.

Variety revealed Friday allegations by 15 women and four men of sexual harassment and other misconduct against Andrew Kreisberg, an executive producer of the CW’s “The Flash,” “Supergirl,” “Arrow,” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.” He has been suspended by Warner Bros. while the studio investigates the claims, which include inappropriate sexual comments and unwanted sexual advances.

Kreisberg told Variety he did not engage in any inappropriate touching and denied several other specific claims, but he acknowledged some comments and actions he said were not intended to be sexual.

“I have made comments on women’s appearances and clothes in my capacity as an executive producer, but they were not sexualized,” he said. “Like many people, I have given someone a non-sexual hug or kiss on the cheek.”

In his statement, Dreyfuss expressed hope that the wave of controversy sweeping through Hollywood will lead more people to reevaluate their own behavior.

"We have to relearn every rule we thought we knew about how men and women interact, because after all getting together is the most fundamental human compulsion. And if we don't succeed in that, what do we have? I hope this is the beginning of a larger conversation we can have as a culture," he said.

WENN contributed to this report.

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