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Since The New York Times published a bombshell report filled with sexual-harassment accusations against Harvey Weinstein, more women in Hollywood have gone public with descriptions of inappropriate behavior by the powerful film producer – including Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Mira Sorvino, Asia Argento, and Rosanna Arquette.
On Tuesday afternoon, the actor Terry Crews (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) said on Twitter that a film executive sexually assaulted him at an industry event last year. He started the thread by tweeting that the accusations against Weinstein were “giving me PTSD.”
Here are his tweets, which we’ve condensed to make it easier to read than a Twitter thread:
“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.”
Crews said he talked to everyone he knew who worked with the executive about what happened to him, adding that the executive called him the next day to apologize but “never really explained why he did what he did.”
Crews said he opted not to take it further because he didn’t want to be “ostracized – par 4 the course when the predator has power n influence.”
“Who’s going 2 believe you?” he added.
“Hollywood is not the only business [where] this happens, and to the casualties of this behavior – you are not alone,” Crews wrote. “Hopefully, me coming forward with my story will deter a predator and encourage someone who feels hopeless.”