The allegations of sexual harassment and assault by Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein have centered around women. Actor Terry Crews took to Twitter today to share his own experiences with sexual assault and recounts how he was groped by a male executive.
"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," he tweeted. "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." As a "240 pound" black man, Crews felt that physical retailation would land him in jail.
He goes on to say that the executive called him the next day to apologize. The actor explains that he decided not to pursue legal action or discuss the incident out of fear of being ostracized. "The predator has power n influence" he explains.
He says that Weinstein's story is not the only incident of harassment and assault in Hollywood. "Hopefully, me coming forward with my story will deter a predator and encourage someone who feels hopeless," he ends.
Crews is a veteran actor with several film and TV credits. Recently, he was on Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Expendables 3.
Earlier, actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie came out against producer Harvey Weinstein. They are two of the many celebrities who have spoken out about an ongoing pattern of abuse and so-called "casting couch" behavior.
“I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did,” Jolie disclosed in an email. “This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.” Added Paltrow, “We’re at a point in time when women need to send a clear message that this is over. This way of treating women ends now."
Weinstein has since been terminated from his position at the company he co-founded.
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