This whole thing with Harvey Weinstein is giving me PTSD. Why? Because this kind of thing happened to ME. (1/Cont.)— terrycrews (@terrycrews) October 10, 2017
After a number of powerful women in Hollywood — including Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Asia Argento, Rosanna Arquette and Mira Sorvino — opened up about alleged sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior they experienced at the hands of influential film producer Harvey Weinstein, former NFL player and actor Terry Crews also revealed how a “Hollywood executive” sexually assaulted him.
In a series of tweets, the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” actor recalled how the male executive, whom he did not name, approached him at an industry event last year and groped him, right in front of his wife.
“Jumping back, I said, ‘What are you doing?’” Crews wrote on social media. “My wife saw everything and we looked at him like he was crazy. He just grinned like a jerk.”
The 49-year-old explained why he did not take action right at that moment.
“I was going to kick his a** right then — but I thought twice about how the whole thing would appear,” Crews continued. “‘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.”
The actor then reminded the world why most victims of sexual assault, particularly women, are so reluctant to come forward.
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. (9/cont.)— terrycrews (@terrycrews) October 10, 2017
“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),” he continued. “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. (13cont)— terrycrews (@terrycrews) October 10, 2017
“I understand and empathize with those who have remained silent,” Crews concluded. “But Harvey Weinstein is not the only perpetrator. Hollywood is not the only business where this happens, and to the casualties of this behavior— you are not alone.”
Crews’ alleged sexual assault also highlights the issue of sexual violence against men.
According to the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence, about 14 percent of reported rapes involve men or boys.
Just like female victims, male victims of sexual assault also experience shame, grief, anger and fear — and what Crews claimed happened with him is a powerful reminder that we need to start talking about this side of the equation as well.
Terry Crews is 6’3 240lbs and he was scared to speak up about his sexual assault. Now ask yourself why a 5’1 125lbs woman wouldn’t be scared— ?? (@Dannichka) October 10, 2017
When discussing Terry Crews do not gloss over race. Remember that he mentions his fear as a BLACK man factoring in to his things would read.— Siddharth Shiva (@SiddharthShiva) October 11, 2017
This. We need both genders to tell their sides & this is very brave of Mr. Crews. I still feel bad for Corey Feldman & how he was blown off.— Alyssa Z. (@alyssa_zaccaro) October 10, 2017
There is so much shame tied to being a sexual assault victim; this is why many ppl suffer in silence.— Shelbycat (@shelbycat03) October 11, 2017
So true & the victim shaming is horrible, especially on social media. People need us to listen, not judge ??— Alyssa Z. (@alyssa_zaccaro) October 11, 2017
If Hollywood execs are bold enough to sexually assault terry crews imagine the traumas some of hollywoods children are subjected to— Trent Money (@TrentonCookFit) October 11, 2017
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