Terry Crews reveals the name of man who sexually assaulted him in heart-wrenching interview
Terry Crew alleges a Hollywood exec of groping his genitals at a party.
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:
Listen to this interview. I guarantee you there is not one Black person in Hollywood who doesn’t have a story similar to Terry Crews. You don’t think they’ve been putting BM in dresses all this time for jest do you? Poor child, don’t be so naive. 🙈 pic.twitter.com/J35xbsjslJ— Nation State of Mind (@OmowaleAfrika) November 15, 2017
Many have thanked Terry for speaking up and expressing their support for the NFL player-turned actor:
Thank you Terry Crews for speaking out about your own sexual assault. You are proof that anyone can be assaulted anywhere at any time, male or female, through no fault of their own. When it happens to you, you get it, and your words are powerful#MeToo— G.G.Gordon🌹 (@GGG_says) November 15, 2017
Much respect to Terry Crews for speaking out and giving men that have been abused in the industry a voice. His courage in coming forward will help so many people. https://t.co/P5xzMNPWhz— Denizcan James (@MrFilmkritik) November 15, 2017
A former football player tells u why it’s hard to “say something” maybe now you’ll get it & stop blaming vistims’ silence. "It’s so bizarre I wake up every morning wondering, did this really happen? It’a nuts," actor says of incident on "GMA" https://t.co/BC9U6gFjO5 via @TheWrap— Daphne Zuniga (@DaphneZuniga) November 15, 2017
I believe Terry Crews was sexually assaulted. I also believe he didn't take action previously for fear of being black listed. I think the current climate in Hollywood is playing a role in his decision to move on it now. He's working so I don't think it's out of desperation.— Curtis Scoon (@CurtisScoon) November 15, 2017
It takes a real level of ignorance for someone to look at Terry Crews’ story about sexual harassment and think of him as less of a man. Terry Crews is grown as hell for this. And the critics are poster children for toxic masculinity.— Black Lavender (@HighTSociety) November 15, 2017
thank you terry crews, people are already making jokes but u stood up for whats right and it WILL have a positive impact #metoo— Roger Paul (rara) (@raralaing) November 15, 2017
Me and my mom watching Terry Crews on GMA and just nodding along to everything he's saying. Glad he's spoken up about sexual harassment and the importance of believing people who come forward 👏🏼— KenDoll (@KendylRaye) November 15, 2017
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:
What Weinstein is being accused of is criminal. What he’s admitted to is unacceptable - in any industry. I applaud everybody speaking out.— James Van Der Beek (@vanderjames) October 12, 2017
I’ve had my ass grabbed by older, powerful men, I’ve had them corner me in inappropriate sexual conversations when I was much younger...— James Van Der Beek (@vanderjames) October 12, 2017
I understand the unwarranted shame, powerlessness & inability to blow the whistle. There’s a power dynamic that feels impossible to overcome— James Van Der Beek (@vanderjames) October 12, 2017
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:
I realize I left a door open by not initially naming, but please don’t impugn innocent people w/out cause. That’s not fair. Or right.— James Van Der Beek (@vanderjames) October 12, 2017
So apologies to any mentors & champions and wonderful friends I’ve made in this industry who may have been pulled into wrongful speculation.— James Van Der Beek (@vanderjames) October 12, 2017
FTR, the harassment I tweeted about was by people 99.9% of you don’t know. 2 were charged (by others) & punished. The other has since died.— James Van Der Beek (@vanderjames) October 12, 2017
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