Actor and ex-NFL player Terry Crews has come out as a victim of sexual assault in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein controversy.
Crews, best known for playing NYPD Sergeant Terry Jeffords in the sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine, opened up on Twitter about how he was inappropriately grabbed by a ‘high-level Hollywood executive’ in front of his wife.
Fearing that retaliation would not only land him in jail but also destroy his career, the 6’3″, 240lb actor chose to stay silent – which he said is ‘par for the course when the predator has power and influence’.
Crews’ remarks were inspired by the ongoing furor over film producer Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual assault, harassment and rape by several actresses since a New York Times revealed some of his past last week.
‘This whole thing with Harvey Weinstein is giving me PTSD,’ Crews wrote on Twitter. ‘Why? Because this kind of thing happened to ME. ‘
Crews, 49, said the incident occurred last year at a Hollywood event he was attending with his wife, Rebecca King-Crews, 51, when a ‘high-level Hollywood executive’ groped his privates.
‘Jumping back I said, “What are you doing?!”‘ he wrote. ‘My wife saw everything and we looked at him like he was crazy. He just grinned like a jerk.’
‘I was going to kick his ass right then,’ he continued, ‘but I thought twice about how the whole thing would appear.
‘”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.
‘So we left.’
He said he spoke to all of their mutual working acquaintances about the incident, and that the mogul – who is not named in the story – called him to apologize.
But the executive never explained why he thought it was appropriate to grab Crews’ crotch, the actor said. And despite his mighty frame, Crews felt powerless to pursue it.
‘I decided not to take it further because I didn’t want to be ostracized – par for the course when the predator has power and influence,’ he wrote.
‘Who’s going to believe you? (few) What are the repercussions? (many) Do you want to work again? (yes) Are you prepared to be ostracized? (no).’
Crews said that he let the matter go – and that he understands why many women, who don’t even have the advantage of physical strength, do the same.
‘I understand and empathize with those who have remained silent. But Harvey Weinstein is not the only perpetrator,’ he concluded.
‘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.’
The same day Crews told his story, more celebs came forward to accuse Weinstein of hurting them.
Gwyneth Paltrow said that Weinstein had harassed her in a hotel suite when she was 22, while Angelina Jolie claimed he did the same to her in another hotel room.
Meanwhile, Italian star Asia Argento told the New Yorker that Weinstein raped her in 1997 at a party hosted by Miramax; aspiring actress Lucia Evans and another unnamed woman said they had also been raped by him.
And Rosanna Arquette and Mira Sorvino said that their careers suffered after Weinstein forced himself upon them and they fought him off.
Weinstein’s wife, Georgina Chapman, announced on Tuesday that she is leaving him. Weinstein himself has reportedly boarded a plane to Europe to stay at a sex addiction clinic.
TERRY CREWS’ STORY IN FULL
This whole thing with Harvey Weinstein is giving me PTSD. Why? Because this kind of thing happened to ME.
My wife n I were at a Hollywood function last year n a high level Hollywood executive came over 2 me and groped my privates.
Jumping back I said What are you doing?! My wife saw everything n we looked at him like he was crazy. He just grinned like a jerk.
I was going to kick his ass right then— but I thought twice about how the whole thing would appear.
“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. So we left.
That night and the next day I talked to everyone I knew that worked with him about what happened.
He called me the next day with an apology but never really explained why he did what he did.
I decided not 2 take it further becuz I didn’t want 2b ostracized— par 4 the course when the predator has power n influence.
I let it go. And I understand why many women who this happens to let it go.
Who’s going 2 believe you? ( few) What r the repercussions?(many) Do u want 2 work again? (Yes) R you prepared 2b ostracized?(No)
I love what I do. But it’s a shame and the height of disappointment when someone tries to takes advantage of that.
He knows who he is. But sumtimes Uhav2 wait & compare notes w/ others who’ve been victimized in order 2gain a position of strength.
I understand and empathize with those who have remained silent. But Harvey Weinstein is not the only perpetrator.
Hollywood is not the only business we’re 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.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, James Wilkinson