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- Actor Terry Crews has filed a police report to the LAPD alleging sexual assault, according to multiple news outlets. Last month, Crews said on Twitter that his genitals were groped at an industry event last year. Last week, The Hollywood Reporter reported that agent Adam Venit was the subject of Crews’ tweets, though Crews has not confirmed this publicly. Venit has been put on leave from his position at agency WME.
The LAPD has not yet responded to a request for comment from Business Insider.
Following reports of sexual harassment and assault against film producer Harvey Weinstein that surfaced last month, Crews said on Twitter that he was sexually assaulted at an industry event last year by a “high level Hollywood executive.”
Since Crews’ alleged incident occurred last year, it is within the statute of limitations for sexual assault in the state of California.
Last week, The Hollywood Reporter reported that WME agent Adam Venit was the subject of Crews’ tweets. Venit was put on leave by WME. Crews has not publicly identified Venit, however, and Venit has not commented.
Here are Crews’ tweets about the alleged incident, which we’ve condensed:
“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.”