He’s 6ft 3 and have played a few roles as a down-low or openly gay man, I’m sure you’ve all seen his character on Friday after Next, but this Hollywood actor and comedian is opening up about his alleged sexual misconduct with a high-level Hollywood executive.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine star, Terry Crews, went on Twitter to share his story of sexual assault by a high-level male executive in Hollywood on Tuesday, whom he said groped his genitals at an event last year. And fellow members of Hollywood were quick to share their support.
Crews tweeted that the many allegations of sexual harassment against Oscar-winning movie producer, Harvey Weinstein, were causing “PTSD.”
“Why?” Crews continued. “Because this kind of thing happened to ME.”
The 49-year-old said that after he was groped at the event he then contemplated fighting the man, but then “thought twice about how the whole thing would appear.”
“‘240 lbs. Black Man stomps out Hollywood Honcho’ would be the headline the next day,” Crews predicted. “Only I probably wouldn’t have been able to read it because I WOULD HAVE BEEN IN JAIL. So we left.” Crews also said when he thought of his wife and kids, the decision to walk away was the best decision he has ever made.
Crews said the executive later called to apologize, but did not give a reason for his actions. Crews chose not to publicize the incident for fear of being ostracised. “Par [for] the course when the predator has power [and] influence”, he wrote.
The actor said his experience had helped him “understand and empathize with those who have remained silent”. “But Harvey Weinstein is not the only perpetrator,” he added. Crews also expressed hope that, by making his experience public, he would “deter a predator and encourage someone who feels hopeless”.
A fellow actor, Aisha Tyler, tweeted her support for Crews for telling his story:
“Hopefully it makes others brave, regardless of their gender,” the Criminal Minds actress said. “People. Are. Not. Things.”
Crews later tweeted: (@terrycrews) Hopefully, me coming forward with my story will deter a predator and encourage someone who feels hopeless. (16/end)
20 hours ago.