It’s not just women who are sexually harassed and sexually assaulted in Hollywood. In the wake of big wig Harvey Weinstein being under investigation for his criminal actions, actor and former football player Terry Crews shared his own #metoo story.
The Brooklyn Nine-Nine star, 49, shared his story on social media because he wanted to let his followers know that Weinstein “is not the only perpetrator.”
“This whole thing with Harvey Weinstein is giving me PTSD. Why? Because this kind of thing happened to ME…,” Crews tweeted on Oct. 10. “My wife n I were at a Hollywood function last year n a high level Hollywood executive came over 2 me and groped my privates.”
“Jumping back I said What are you doing?!,” Crews continued. “My wife saw everything and we looked at him like he was crazy. He just grinned like a jerk.”
The former football player said he didn’t “kick his ass” because he thought of how the media would spin the story.
“’240 lbs. Black Man stomps out Hollywood Honcho’ would be the headline the next day,” Crews shared, adding that he wouldn’t have been able to read it because he “would have been in jail.” Instead, he and his wife left the party.
The executive was not named in Crews’ tweets, however his identity was reported by Variety as Adam Venit, the longtime head of WME’s motion picture group. Crews, a client of WME, said Venit apologized after the incident but “never really explained why he did what he did.” Venit is on leave from the agency as it probes the allegations.
Crews said he didn’t go public with his experience because he didn’t want to be “ostracized from the business,” which he described as something that would be “par 4 the course when the predator has power and influence.”
“I let it go. And I understand why many women who this happens to let it go,” he tweeted. “Who’s going 2 believe you? (few) What r the repercussions? (many) Do u want 2 work again? (Yes) R you prepared 2b ostracized? (No).”
According to Variety, Venit represents an extensive client list that includes Dustin Hoffman and Brett Ratner, both of whom have recently been accused of sexual harassment. He also reps such top talent as Emma Stone, Adam Sandler and Eddie Murphy.
Crews wrote that he hoped his story would “deter a predator and encourage someone who feels hopeless.”