Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor Terry Crews has revealed the name of the Hollywood executive who grabbed his genitals at a party. During an interview with Michael Strahan of Good Morning America, Terry said that Adam Venit, who is head of the motion picture department at William Morris Endeavor, sexually assaulted him.
Terry related the traumatic experience to Mike, stressing that Adam is one of the most powerful men in Hollywood. The sole expectation behind going after Adam, more than a year after the time of the incident is to hold him accountable for his actions, says Terry.
"Back in February 2016, I was assaulted by Adam Venit, who is head of the motion picture department at William Morris Endeavor, one of the biggest agencies in the world, period. He is connected to probably everyone I know in the business ... I did not know this man. I have never had a conversation with him, ever," revealed Terry on GMA.
Terry, who said he was inspired by the women who came forward with the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, explained that he has never felt "so emasculated, so objectified." Despite the rage he felt, he refused to act on it, because of some sagely advice his wife Rebecca King-Crews had imparted a few years prior.
"When I looked at him it was rage. And, when I say rage, I felt like I could punch a hole in his head," he told Mike. His wife Rebecca, who was by his side when Adam allegedly commited the despicable act, reminded him once again that he would get baited into situations where he might want to respond violently, but as a black man these responses would be used to ruin his life.
"As a large African American man, I would be immediately seen as a thug. But I'm not a thug," Terry said. He tried to burry the assault in the back of his mind, even though it kept coming back to him because of how bizarre the whole event was.
When the allegations against Weinstein were rife, Terry felt empowered to come out. "When the Weinstein thing was happening, I got PTSD," he reveals, adding he could not fathom how he could ask his daughters to speak up if someone touches then inappropriately and not do the same himself.
"This is an abuse of power. This guy, again, he is one of the most powerful men in Hollywood. He looked at me in the end, like who is going to believe you," Terry explained on GMA. You can watch the whole interview here:
Many have thanked Terry for speaking up and expressing their support for the NFL player-turned actor:
James Van Der Beek is another male actor who publicly acknowledged that he has been assaulted. He spoke about the issue in a series of tweets:
James later revealed that the people who have been scrutinized after his tweets were not the culprits at all and even revealed the whereabouts of those who assaulted him:
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