Just hours before Terry Crews testified about his alleged sexual assault, rapper 50 Cent took to Instagram to mock the actor’s testimony.
In the Tuesday post, the 49-year-old actor is seen shirtless with the caption ‘I got raped, my wife just watched.’
Below he included another picture of Crews with a rose in his mouth that also says ‘gym time.’
‘LOL,What the f*** is going on out here man?’ said 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis James Jackson III. ‘Terry: l froze in fear, they would have had to take me to jail. Get the strap.’
Fans savaged 50 Cent for the posts and he took them down after a huge backlash. But Crews took the high road in his response.
He told TMZ on Tuesday: ‘Well, I love 50 Cent. I listen to his music while I’m working out.
‘[…] I’ve proved that size doesn’t matter when it comes to sexual assault.’
The post garnered more than 123,300 likes and even a laughing emoji from Russell Simmons, who had his own slew of sexual assault allegations. Simmons had taken to his Instagram, back in May, sharing a post claiming to support the MeToo movement.
The disgust with 50 Cent and Simmon’s hypocrisy made their way to Twitter where people shared screengrabs of the post and the comment.
‘Yo @50cent out here trying to test and questioning @terrycrews manhood like @terrycrews wouldn’t wash this f*****g cornball,’ said a user.
Actress Kelechi Okafor added: ‘Toxic masculinity is what is doing @50cent instead of showing support to @terrycrews he is mocking him. Childish.’
Many took issue with Simmons’ comment, with one user who asserted: ‘S**t like this is the reason men don’t come forward as victims of sexual assault often. 50 Cent is publicly mocking Terry Crews, allowing Russell Simmons (friends with Crews’ abuser who tried to get him to drop the charges) to openly laugh at him.’
‘I’m not surprised at Curtis Jacksons trash a*s but Russell commenting is a disappointment,’ added Destiny Bleu.
Soon after the first wave of comments, 50 Cent posted another image where he appeared to be unbothered by the criticism.
In the post he features Crews again, this time in a still from Friday After Next when Katt William’s character uses a wrench to grab Crew’s genitalia.
‘LOL GET THE F**K OUTTA HERE, you not doing this to me. LOL get the strap #power,’ he said in the post, with reference to his show Power.
The reference to Power irritated even more on social media, who felt the comments from the rapper were just a publicity stunt.
‘I know Power comes back in a couple days @50cent but to use Terry Crews’ situation to troll is very distasteful,’ said one user.
Another added: ‘Curtis is one of the executive producers for Power, the same show Omari stars in. Omari has also been vocally supportive of Terry Crews as he speaks up about his assault. now’s a good time to be an ally and a friend @OmariHardwick. Curtis deserves to be fired.’
50 Cent also posted the video of Crews speaking with TMZ on his Instagram, sharing that he likes the actor as well.
‘l just can’t wrap my head around all this. get the strap,’ he added.
At the time of the posts, Crews had just spoke out about his alleged sexual assault at the hands of a Hollywood agent in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.
In emotional testimony, the actor revealed that he felt a need to control everything after spending his childhood watching as his father abused his mother, saying that despite his best efforts he adopted a similar belief that women were below men.
‘Then, in 2016 while at a party with my wife, I was sexually assaulted by a successful Hollywood agent,’ stated Crews.
‘The assault lasted only minutes, but what he was effectively telling me while he held my genitals in his hand was that he held the power. That he was in control.’
Crews then explained that since sharing that story he has been vilified by some, and told by one producer on Expendables 4 to drop his lawsuit against William Morris Endeavor agent Adam Venit.
Crews responded by dropping out of the film.
Crews had previously posted a tweet in February about the film.
‘Management got a call last week from Avi Lerner producer of EXPENDABLES 4 saying I could avoid any ‘problems’ on the sequel if I dropped my case against WME,’ wrote Crews.
‘Guess who’s Sly’s agent? ADAM VENIT.’
The actor opened his remarks by speaking about his childhood.
‘As a child I watched as my father violently abused my mother, using his power and authority to dominate her. All I could think was how I wanted to protect her. How, if I get strong, I can protect her from this living nightmare,’ stated Crews.
‘As I grew up, this thought transformed the type of man I became. I swore I would never be like my father and yet I believed, to my core, that as a man, I was more valuable in this world.’
He continued: ‘As a protector and symbol of strength, I was more worthy. That women were beneath me.’
Then the assault occurred, and everything changed for Crews – but not those around him as he told the committee.
‘As I shared my story, I was told over and over that this was not abuse. This was just a joke. This was just horseplay,’ said Crews.
‘But I can say one man’s horseplay is another man’s humiliation. And I chose to tell my story and share my experience to stand in solidarity with millions of other survivors around the world. That I know how hard it is to come forward, I know the shame associated with the assault. It happened to me.’
He then recounted the aftermath of his assault while supporting the passage of the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights.
‘I’m not a small or insecure man, but in that moment, and in this time following, I’ve never felt more emasculated,’ stated Crews.
‘As I watched women and colleagues in my industry come forward to share their #MeToo stories, this shame washed over me again and I knew I needed to act. I am honored to use my platform and story to help create additional civil rights protections for survivors across the nation.’
Crews also introduced himself as ‘an actor, author, former athlete, advocate, and a survivor of a sexual assault.’
He closed out his prepared statement by acknowledging the group he was with and its founder, who was recently nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
‘This is why I sit here today with Amanda Nguyen and the Rise team. Every man, woman and child deserves to be seen as equal under the law,’ said Crews.
‘The Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights does just that by recognizing survivors’ basic civil rights. While we can call attention to a culture of toxic masculinity and the need to disrupt power dynamics, this bill creates long-term change and gives power and control back to survivors.’
He then added: ‘All survivors must be protected and this bill must be enacted in all fifty states. Thank you.’
Prosecutors declined to file felony charges against Venit because he ‘did not make contact with the victim’s skin when he grabbed the victim’s genitals and there is no restraint involved’ according to a charge evaluation worksheet obtained by DailyMail.com.
Crews, 49, also reported the assault just outside the one-year statute of limitations, filing paperwork in which he detailed the February 2016 incident with the LAPD back in November.
Venit and WME, who formerly represented Crews, are still facing a lawsuit filed by the actor in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
The agent seemed to have no worries about any of that on Wednesday as he celebrated his 55th birthday with his wife and children in Malibu, opting to head out for the occasion rather than have the party at his 15,000-square-foot, $8 million Beverly Hills home.
On February 26, lawyers for WME filed a stipulation and order calling for an independent medical examination of Crews in that case.
Lawyers for both Crews and the defendants managed to agree on a doctor, and earlier this week the actor headed in for his examination.
Crews posted a photo of himself on Monday standing shirtless in an examination room, writing: ‘Walking in to WME’s seven hour mental health exam like…’
That visit came one day after Crews attended the Academy Awards, with the actor having just become a member of AMPAS last year.
There he got to spend time with Tarana Burke, the creator of the #MeToo movement, and Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill.
He seemed most excited to be with his wife, who he had posted a photo of last week in which she could be seen reaching for his rear.
‘BEHOLD, THE ONLY ONE ALLOWED TO TOUCH MY JUNK,’ wrote Crews.
The actor has not given any extensive interviews about his lawsuit in recent weeks, but hinted at the ongoing legal battle on social media.
Crews also filed a stipulated protective order in the case last month, stating that any documents or evidence submitted in the case that are deemed private or confidential by one of the three legal teams involved will be kept under seal.
He filed his initial complaint back in December.
‘Venit, upon his first meeting Crews, viciously grabbed Crews’ penis and testicles so hard that it caused Crews immediate pain in a blatant and unprovoked sexual assault,’ state court papers filed by Crews.
WME and Venit both filed their responses to that complaint in January.
Venit argues that Crews is not entitled to any relief because the actor ‘had not suffered any injury or danger’ and ‘none of the acts alleged were based on sex and/or the conduct was not sexual.’
He also does not address the question of whether or not he grabbed Crews’ genitals, choosing rather to open his filing with a general denial of ‘each and every allegation contained in [Crews’] complaint.’
In WME’s court filing, lawyers for the agency claim that Crews initially accepted Venit’s apology and stayed with the firm, until 18 months later when he suddenly decided to go public with his allegation.
‘Mr Crews Complaint begins with a gratuitous ‘opening statement’ that falsely and wrongly accuses WME of both turning a blind eye to the February 2016 incident at the heart of the case and of somehow ratifying the alleged conduct of Defendant Adam Venit once WME learned of it,’ reads the complaint.
‘None of that happened.’
The agency goes on to list examples of its proactive behavior, stating that Venit was immediately suspended without pay after Crews went public and upon returning to WME got a huge demotion.
Crews claimed however that the entire incident was largely swept under the rug, and that he was the one fighting to get Venit off him.
‘Crews smacked Venit’s hand away and shoved him back more forcefully than before, screaming ‘Hey! What are you doing?!’ two or three times, but Venit ignored everything Crews was saying and continued to try to grab Crews’ genitals,’ reads the initial complaint.
‘Crews kept Venit at arm’s length and turned to Sandler to get his attention, yelling, ‘Adam, come get your boy! He’s grabbing my nuts!”
Crews did admit the Venit called the next day and said ‘he was just not himself that night.’
Crews detailed how he was allegedly assaulted by Venit back in November on GMA, one month after first accusing the agent on Twitter and one more before filing his lawsuit.
‘Back in February 2016, I was assaulted by Adam Venit, head of the motion picture department at William Morris Endeavor. One of the biggest agencies in the world, period,’ said Crews.
The Brooklyn 911 star went on to explain that he did not even know the agent, whose clients include Adam Sandler, Sylvester Stallone and Eddie Murphy.
‘I’m looking at him and he’s basically staring at me and he’s sticking his tongue out and, you know, it’s overtly sexual kind of tongue moves and I’m saying, ‘It’s a party. It’s packed.’ The whole thing,’ explained Crews.
‘He comes over to me. I stick my hand out and he takes his hand and puts it and squeezes my genitals. And I jump back like, ‘hey, hey ‘and he’s like licking his tongue out and all this stuff.’
Crews said that the assault did not end at that point however, and continued to go on in front of the other guests.
‘I go, ‘Dude, what are you doing? What are you doing?’ And then he comes back again and he just won’t stop and then I really got forceful, pushed him back,’ said Crews.
‘He bumps into all the other partygoers and he starts giggling and laughing and let me tell you – I have never felt more emasculated, more objectified. I was horrified.’
Crews went on to say: ‘I went over to Adam [Sandler] right then and there [and said], ‘Come get your boy. What is – what is his problem?’
He didn’t understand. It was bizarre to both of us,’ said Crews, who at that point was having trouble controlling his anger.
‘I looked at him – it was rage. And when I say rage, I felt like I could punch a hole in his head. But this is the deal – my wife told me, three years earlier, she said, ‘Terry, you can never handle any situation like this with violence. You are a target. You can be baited and pulled.”
He then told host Michael Strahan that as a black man, he believed that the blame would be entirely placed on him if he lashed out at Venit.
‘If you react, physically – and let me tell you something, I’ve done it before, but this is the deal, when I grabbed her hand and I left that party, we were only there for like a half hour, I almost ripped the steering wheel off and she just kept saying, ‘I’m proud of you. I’m proud of you.”
Crews then expressed how grateful he was that Rebecca, his wife of 27 years, was by his side that night.
‘She calmed me down because she was the one who told me that this kind of thing would happen and that you could be baited,’ he said.
‘If I would have just retaliated in defense I would be in jail right now. That’s one thing I knew being a large African-American man in America, I would immediately be seen as a thug but I’m not a thug.’
Strahan then asked about the police report, to which Crews responded: ‘You know, people need to be held accountable, Mike. This is the deal about Hollywood. And it’s an abuse of power.
He continued: ‘This guy, one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, and he looked at me at the end as if, you know, who is going to believe you?’.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Chris Spargo and Matthew Wright