Terry Crews describes alleged sexual assault by WME executive

Terry Crews arrives at the 2017 Patron of the Artists Awards at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday Nov. 9 2017 in Beverly Hills Calif

Flint native and Hollywood star Terry Crews is not keeping quiet about an alleged sexual assault committed against him during a party in 2016 by a Hollywood agent.

Crews says during the party, Venit was making lewd mouth gestures toward him before walking over to Crews.

The former football star, who broke onto the Hollywood scene after years of bit parts with his role in the critically acclaimed series Everybody Hates Chris, has since fired William Morris and filed a police report against Venit.

'Back in February 2016, I was assaulted by Adam Venit, head of the motion picture department at William Morris Endeavor.

Since Crews came forward with this episode, Venit has taken a leave of absence from WME where he represents a number of high-profile clients including Emma Stone, Diane Keaton, Shawn Levy, Vince Vaughn and Eddie Murphy. Two of his client, Dustin Hoffman and Brett Ratner have also recently been ensnared in harassment charges in the past month as well.

Talking with host Michael Strahan, Terry explains how Adam is basically everyone's agent and is "connected to probably everyone" in the business.


Crews said Venit, who he had never met before, stared at him from a distance and stuck out his tongue in an "overtly sexual" manner before approaching him. "I understand why they won't come forward.' And I'm gonna tell you, a lot of times people go, 'Why didn't you come forward sooner?' When a person of forward breaks that boundary and violates that boundary, you're a prisoner of war".

Crews said that the assault did not end at that point however, and continued to go on in front of the other guests. I have never felt more emasculated, more objectified. "It was actually so weird", Crews said. And I jump back like, 'Hey, hey!' ...

"I went over to Adam", Crews said to Strahan, "and I was like, 'Adam, come get your boy. What are you doing?' And then he comes back again, he won't stop, and I got forceful and pushed him back". "What is his problem?'" According to Crews, Sandler didn't understand either because it was "bizarre to both of us".

'I was going, oh my god, this exact thing happened to me. "I did nothing wrong, nothing", he said.

On "Good Morning America", Crews also addressed how women in the industry coming forward to name their abusers had compelled him to talk about the incident and his own feelings of powerlessness. "You're diggin" tunnels with spoons, you're trying to find a way out, and you get out and then you finally find freedom and somebody says, 'It must not be that bad. And I have totally said I will not be shamed.

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