- ‘White Chicks’ star shared his sexual assault story in light of famous producer’s controversy
- He recounted how Hollywood mogul also harassed him during a party in front of his wife
- He said fear of ostracization stopped him from confronting perpetrator
- He also sympathized with women who kept silent, is hoping his story helps other victims
In light of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s fall from grace following numerous allegations of sexual assault against him, Terry Crews — the hulking figure and former football player who has starred in numerous films and TV series — admitted that he was also a victim.
In a series of tweets, the ‘White Chicks’ star recounted how a Hollywood mogul whom he didn’t identify also sexually harassed him during a public function in front of his wife in 2016.
“My wife and I were at Hollywood function last year and a high-level Hollywood came over to me and groped my privates,” he said. “Jumping back I said ‘What are you doing?! My wife saw everything and we looked at him like he was crazy. He just grinned like jerk.”
Crews said he would have beaten up the executive right then and there but stopped for fear of putting his career in jeopardy.
“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,” he said.
Afterwards, Crews said the perpetrator called him up to apologize but didn’t explain his actions.
“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 said.
Due to what happened, Crews said he understood why a lot of victims —women especially— would want to keep silent. He added that Weinstein is not the only predator out there and such behavior does not happen only in the film industry.
Crews is also hoping his story can help other victims and prevent other such acts from happening again.
“Hopefully, me coming forward with my story will deter a predator and encourage someone who feels hopeless,” he said.
.@terrycrews is here showing that it’s important to know that it’s not only women that are victims of sexual harassment, and it is OK for men to speak out about their abuse too, no matter how big and muscular you are. pic.twitter.com/QKEDWRxDan
— steph jaqueline (@stephjkd) October 11, 2017