Even men aren't safe in Hollywood: Terry Crews and Rob Schneider reveal tales of sexual abuse they suffered

Even men aren't safe in Hollywood: Terry Crews and Rob Schneider reveal tales of sexual abuse they suffered

The two actors hope that by sharing their experience, they will encourage more people to open up

While emerging details about Harvey Weinstein's predatory behavior continue to shock Hollywood, what's more shocking is that practically everybody had accepted it as part of the industry culture. It is this culture of complicity that allows such predators to continue preying on innocent women, and men. Yes, two actors have now opened up about the harassment they faced indicating that sexual harassment in Hollywood has deeper roots than we imagine.


Actor Terry Crews attends the FOX Winter TCA 2016 All-Star Party at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on January 15, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Actors Terry Crews and Rob Schneider have opened up about incidents that has left deep scars in them. The two celebrities want people to know that male actors are also victims of assault and it is not just women who encounter it. 


Actor Terry Crews attends the 2015 March Of Dimes Celebration Of Babies at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on December 4, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for March Of Dimes)

Terry and Rob want people to know that the phenomenon of sexual assault is quite common in the industry but it is hight time it stopped. They believe that Weinstein is not a "lone wolf" and that there are plenty out there who misuse their power and clout.

Actor Terry Crews and Rebecca King-Crews attend Warner Music Group's annual Grammy celebration at Milk Studios Los Angeles on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Warner Music Group)

Terry spoke about this incident in a series of Twitter threads. The Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor said that he was extremely disturbed after hearing the news about Weinstein because something similar had taken place with him during an event that he had visited. 

Producer Harvey Weinstein arrives at the official 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards after party hosted by Samsung 837 in NYC on June 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Samsung)

He wrote, "This whole thing with Harvey Weinstein is giving me PTSD. Why? Because this kind of thing happened to ME." He recalled that he was at a Hollywood event and his wife was along with him. He said, " My wife [and] I were at a Hollywood function last year [and] a high-level Hollywood executive came over 2 me and groped my privates." 

Actor Terry Crews attends the FOX 2014 Programming Presentation at the FOX Fanfront on May 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)

Terry reacted instantly and confronted the man. In fact, Terry's wife, Rebecca King-Crews, had also noticed what had happened and could not believe her eyes. He continued, "Jumping back I said What are you doing?! My wife saw everything [and] we looked at him like he was crazy. He just grinned like a jerk." 

Actor Terry Crews speaks onstage during the Think It Up education initiative telecast for teachers and students, hosted by Entertainment Industry Foundation at Barker Hangar on September 11, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images For EIF)

The actor even thought about responding to the incident but quickly put a hold on his actions after thinking how it would appear in the media. He wrote, "I was going to kick his ass right then - but I thought twice about how the whole thing would appear. '240 lbs. The black man stomps out Hollywood Honcho' would be the headline the next day." 

Terry Crews attends the DirectTV Now Launch at Venue 57 on November 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

However, he did hint that the man who assaulted him was a man big in name as there would have been a possibility of things turning against Crews. He wrote, "I probably wouldn't have been able to read it because I WOULD HAVE BEEN IN JAIL. So we left."

Actors Rebecca King-Crews (L) and Terry Crews attend the 2014 NCLR ALMA Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on October 10, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for NCLR)

Terry further added that he had mentioned about the incident to his fellow colleagues and friends. It so happens that the executive called Terry the next day in order to apologize for his behavior but never really explained why he did, what he did. 

Actor Terry Crews in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Men's Fitness)

Terry also explained the reason behind his silence all this while stating that power plays a dominating role in such cases. He wrote, "Ostracized, [which is] par for the course when the predator has power and influence. Who's going to believe you?" 

Actor Rob Schneider attends the premiere of Netflix's 'The Ridiculous 6' at AMC Universal City Walk on November 30, 2015 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

The White Chicks actor also explained that sexual assault is common and Hollywood is not the only victim of it. He wrote, "Hollywood is not the only business where this happens, and to the casualties of this behavior – you are not alone."

Actors David Spade, Adam Sandler and Rob Schneider attend the 2011 People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on January 5, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for PCA)

He then added that his story will motivate someone else to come forward and open up. He wrote, "Hopefully, me coming forward with my story will deter a predator and encourage someone who feels hopeless.". Right after Terry, Schneider decided to break his silence, too. 

Patricia Azarcoya Schneider (L) and Rob Schneider attend SNL 40th Anniversary Celebration at Rockefeller Plaza on February 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

In a video that Schneider had taken for TMZ, he reveals that when he was a younger actor, something similar had happened. He recalls that he did not expect the situation to go in a disturbing manner as the director was someone who was famous and well-known in the industry. 

Actor Rob Schneider arrives at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME VIP Celebrity Premiere at Staples Center on July 13, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for Feld Entertainment)

He said, "When I was a young actor, there was a gross director, and it happened to me. I was in a hotel room, I didn’t think it was going to be a weird situation. It was a famous director, it was before I was really famous." The Hot Chick actor then explained the strange situation that took place after he arrived at the hotel. 

Rob Schnieder attends the NUVOtv and Levity Entertainment October 1st 'Stand Up & Deliver Cabo Relief' event benefitting Hurricane-Devastated Cabo San Lucas held at the Irvine Improv on October 1, 2014 in Irvine, California. A television broadcast of the event will air on NUVOtv and FUSE at a later date.(Photo by Rochelle Brodin/Getty Images for NUVOtv)

He continued, "The next thing I know, I’m in a room with this guy, he’s in a chair, he comes out in a bathrobe and he sits in this chair. He asks me to crawl on the ground and to crawl towards him." However, Schneider was happy that he got out of the situation at the right time.

Actor Rob Schneider arrives at the 2012 People's Choice Awards held at Nokia Theatre LA Live on January 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

He continued, "This guy, he’s very famous, he’s passed away now. He was a pig. I got the hell out of there." Later that day, Schneider tweeted how the topic of sexual harassment must be the most discussed topic and how there was a need for it. 

Actor Rob Schneider arrives at the 2012 People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on January 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for PCA)

It said, "EVERY agency and EVERY studio will be having in-house sexual harassment discussions in the morning. Hopefully, every business & institution."  



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