[Newsweek] If nothing else, the growing number of sexual assault and harassment allegations aimed at Harvey Weinstein has encouraged high-profile celebrities to go public as abuse victims.
Terry Crews, an actor on FOX’s Brooklyn Nine Nine and former NFL linebacker, told his Twitter followers on Tuesday that he, too, was once groped by a Hollywood executive, though he felt he couldn’t go public with the assault at the time.
Crews’s description of the incident is absolutely astounding, especially as it comes on the heels of more and more female celebrities, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Rose McGowan and Angelina Jolie, publicly disclosing that they had been abused by Weinstein. All victims of sexual abuse contend with immense guilt and shame, but the stigma choking male victims into silence is a unique, suppressive power. That’s what makes it all the more powerful to watch Crews, whose comedic brand centers on the fact that he’s physically domineering, muscular and masculine, describe how powerless being groped made him feel.
Crew recounted the incident in 16 separate tweets, alleging that a Hollywood executive who isn’t Weinstein once approached him and his wife, Rebecca King-Crews, at a public event and “groped [his] privates.” The “high level Hollywood executive,” Crews says, simply “grinned like a jerk” when he and his wife reacted with shock. Knowing that both his race and stature made him an easy target for the press if he retaliated with force, Crews says he and his wife simply left the party.
“‘240 lbs. Black Man stomps out Hollywood Honcho’ would be the headline the next day. Only I probably wouldn’t have been able to read it because I WOULD HAVE BEEN IN JAIL,” Crews tweeted. He explained that the “predator” had too much power and influence to risk going public.
“I understand why many women who this happens to let it go,” Crews said. “I understand and empathize with those who have remained silent. But Harvey Weinstein is not the only perpetrator. Hollywood is not the only business where this happens, and to the casualties of this behavior—you are not alone. Hopefully, me coming forward with my story will deter a predator and encourage someone who feels hopeless.”
[Optional] Do you think Terry Crews will eventually name the perpetrator?
Hollywood Honcho: Adam Venit of WME
It seems that Terry Crews was getting ready to name his attacker… when the name leaked out!
Crews was right about his predator having “a lot off power and influence.” Adam Venit is one of the top people at WME.
For those of you not in Hollywood, WME is one of the biggest talent agencies in the world. It was formed when Endeavor took over William Morris a few years ago.
WME is led by co-CEOs Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell. You may recall that Ari Emanuel was the real-life inspiration for the Ari Gold character played by Jeremy Piven in Entourage.
Now that you know that we are talking about a big Hollywood agency, here are the details, courtesy of Fox News:
WME’s Adam Venit on leave after Terry Crews’ sexual harassment allegations
Powerhouse WME agent Adam Venit is on leave from the talent firm as it investigates an allegation of sexual harassment from actor Terry Crews, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Crews disclosed, in a series of tweets on Oct. 10, that he was groped last year at a Hollywood event by a “high-level” executive. Crews wrote that he was at a function with his wife when the Hollywood executive came over and grabbed his “privates” and that the alleged assailant then “grinned like a jerk” when Crews asked what he was doing.
Sources close to the situation told Variety that Crews in recent days has been preparing to name Venit as the executive who allegedly harassed him.
Venit, whose clients include Sylvester Stallone, Diane Keaton, Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler and Dustin Hoffman, also oversees the mega-agency’s finance and distribution team, known as WME Global.
Crews, an ex-NFL star who garnered acting award nominations for his work on the comedy series “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” is also a client of WME.
Crews’ disclosure on social media came in the wake of more than 80 women having come forward to accuse Harvey Weinstein of everything from groping to rape — with new investigations of the disgraced Hollywood mogul now underway in New York City and London.
The actor also tweeted about why he didn’t fight back at the time of the incident, pointing to what he said would have been a racially-charged reaction to his behavior.
“240 lbs. Black Man stomps out Hollywood Honcho” would be the headline the next day.”
Agency for the Performing Arts on Oct. 20 fired youth talent agent Tyler Grasham after several young men accused him of sexual abuse. David Guillod, co-CEO of management-production Primary Wave Entertainment, took a leave of absence following actress Jessica Barth’s accusation that he drugged and sexually assaulted her in 2012.
Coincidentally, Adam Venit represents both Brett Ratner and Dustin Hoffman, two men who have faced their own allegations in the past couple of weeks.
None of you guessed this one correctly, but that’s likely because Adam Venit of WME was not famous outside of Hollywood. Well, Adam, looks like everyone knows your name now!