Terry Crews Files Sexual Assault Report With LAPD Against Agent Who Groped Him, Plans To Sue
Terry Crews is not going to let the Hollywood agent who groped his private parts get away with it–not by a long shot. TMZ reported that early Wednesday afternoon, Crews went into an LAPD station and filed a report accusing the high-level executive of sexual assault.
Upon his exit, the former NFL player and fitness buff confirmed the filing and told the reporter why he did it.
“Because, you know, people have to be held accountable,” Crews said.
When asked if he also planned to file a civil suit against his attacker, Crews made it clear that he would. He said that his attorneys will help him decide how much money he should demand in the lawsuit.
“Yep. We’re going all the way,” Crews said.
Who Attacked Crews?
The reporter then tried to get Crews to do something that, thus far, no one has been able to do–get Crews to name his attacker. But the actor hopped into his SUV without offering an answer. Reports revealed last week said that the culprit was Adam Venit. He heads up the motion picture group at William Morris Endeavor (WME). Crews is represented by the agency. According to TMZ sources, the actor named Venit in his formal complaint.
Deadline reported that Venit has been on administrative leave ever since news of the allegations broke. He is still employed by the agency. Venit’s client list includes big-name talents including Adam Sandler, Sylvester Stallone, Emma Stone, Brett Radner, and Dustin Hoffman. Ironically, Radner and Hoffman are now faces sexual harassment accusations of their own.
What Made Crews Come Forward?
This entire series of revelations started when Crews tweeted his #MeToo story referencing the assault that he said took place at an industry function last year. The “high level Hollywood executive came over 2 me and groped my privates,” Crews wrote. He said that his wife witnessed the assault.
Crews resisted the urge to beat the man up because he immediately realized that a big, strong, 240-pound Black man who stomped out a “Hollywood Honcho” probably wouldn’t fare well legally or professionally. Crews did talk to everybody he knew that worked with his attacker about what happened the next day. But he didn’t know what else to do until now.
.@terrycrews is here showing that it's important to know that it's not only women that are victims of sexual harassment, and it is OK for men to speak out about their abuse too, no matter how big and muscular you are. pic.twitter.com/QKEDWRxDan
— steph jaqueline (@stephjkd) October 11, 2017
Crews said that coupled with the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal, his experience gave him PTSD. He had to speak out. Many have commended him for his brave stance which could have serious implications for his career. On the other hand, there are those who still believe that men don’t get harassed. Crews should just keep quiet, keep working, and take the money and run.
Terry Crews is doing his part to make sure that powerful people in Hollywood don’t take advantage of people who just want to use their gifts and talents to earn a living. He is in this thing for the long haul. Bravo.