[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?