‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ star Terry Crews claims Hollywood exec sexually assaulted him
Terry Crews has opened up about his own experience with sexual assault following the Harvey Weinstein debacle.
A New York Times piece details decades of the Hollywood mogul’s unwanted sexual advances toward young female actresses.
This has led to board resignations and Weinstein’s being fired from his own company, Weinstein Co.
The “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” actor shared on Twitter that the news gave him “post-traumatic stress disorder” and recounted an experience with a top-level executive in the business.
“This whole thing with Harvey Weinstein is giving me PTSD. Why? Because this kind of thing happened to ME,” he begins.
At a “Hollywood function” in 2016, a “high-level Hollywood executive” approached him and groped his genitals.
He claimed that his wife witnessed the incident and that both of them “looked at him like he was crazy.”
The executive’s response: “He just grinned like a jerk.”
Crews, who stands 6’3” and has a muscular physique, explained why he took no action against his assaulter.
He feared the repercussions, such as being jailed if he attacked and being “ostracized—par for the course when the predator has power and influence.”
“I understand why many women let it go,” he said of sexual harassment and assault.
“Who’s going to believe you? (Few). What are the repercussions? (Many). Do you want to work again? (Yes). Are you prepared to be ostracized? (No).”
He also explained that “to gain a position of strength,” victims feel “you have to wait and compare notes with others.”
“Harvey Weinstein is not the only perpetrator,” he said, and assured victims of sexual abuse, “You are not alone.”
He hopes his story will “deter a predator and encourage someone who feels hopeless.”
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” co-star Chelsea Peretti told him, “I love you Terry. Let’s keep changing the tide together.”
Since the Weinstein exposé, high-profile celebrities such as Meryl Streep and George Clooney who have acted in Weinstein movies have condemned his behavior.
A-list actresses Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow claim to also have been victims of Weinstein’s sexual harassment.
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