Terry Crews is accusing his former talent agency William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME) of retaliating against him and his family after Crews publicly accused the former head of WME’s Motion Picture Department, Adam Venit, of groping him. On Friday, Crews tweeted, “I believe my family is being tracked and possibly bugged. Someone hacked into the computer my son and I built together. I have to shut it down and replace the hard drive.”
Last month, Crews, 49, accused Venit of groping him at a party. Since then, Crews has launched further criticisms and accusations at the company including an allegation that WME executives used Russell Simmons to “pressure me into dropping my case.”
Simmons, the founder of Def Jams Records, reportedly emailed Crews in November telling him to give Venit a pass.
“Give the agent a pass, ask that he be reinstated,” the email stated. Earlier this month, a report accused Simmons of raping and abusing multiple women. Previously, in November, another report by the Los Angeles Timesaccused Simmons of assaulting Keri Claussen when she was 17 years old. Simmons has denied all the accusations and has responded with the hashtag #NotMe on his Instagram account with a caption saying he will “begin to properly defend myself [and] prove without any doubt that I am innocent of all rape charges.”
Crews tweeted, “Somehow they [WME] thought he was the “King of Black people.”
WME has declined to comment. Representatives for Venit have also denied all inquiries for a comment.
Crews, an actor, and former football player, has filed a sexual assault report with the Los Angeles Police Department against Venit. Additionally, Crews and filed a lawsuit against the agent.
“LAPD task force detectives let me know these people don’t play fair. There are a lot of secrets to protect, and they will do anything to keep them,” Crews wrote on Twitter. “The town is compromised. But me, and my team, are not. If I were to have a timely “accident” — you know where to look.”
Crews was included in the group, recognized as the “Silence Breakers,” who were named TIME’s 2017 Person of the Year.
He decided to speak out after being horrified by the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
“I was really angry because these women were being discounted,” Crews told TIME. “These women were being discarded. Their pain was just—it was nothing. I wanted to join in. I wanted to say something. I wanted to support. But I did have to let these women know they weren’t alone. And that I understood. My whole mission was to give them strength. Don’t accept the shame that people are giving you. Because that’s what it was. They were being shamed. They were being victimized again. I just couldn’t stand for it.”
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