In the midst of the landslide of sexual-misconduct allegations being lobbed atOscar-winning producer Harvey Weinstein, actor Terry Crews has decided to share his own story. In a series of tweets Tuesday, the Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor revealed that the outpouring of news about Weinstein was triggering for him—because he was once sexually assaulted at a Hollywood event himself.
“This whole thing with Harvey Weinstein is giving me PTSD,” he wrote. “Why? Because this kind of thing happened to ME.”
Crews went on to share a personal story about attending an event with his wife when “a high level Hollywood executive” approached the former football player and then “groped my privates.”
“Jumping back I said What are you doing?! My wife saw everything n we looked at him like he was crazy,” Crews continued. “He just grinned like a jerk.”
In the moment, Crews said he considered fighting the executive, but instead took a step back. “‘240 lbs. Black Man stomps out Hollywood Honcho’ would be the headline the next day,” he wrote. “Only I probably wouldn’t have been able to read it because I WOULD HAVE BEEN IN JAIL. So we left.”
The day after the alleged assault, Crews spoke to colleagues who worked with the executive about what had happened. The executive then called him to apologize, but never explained why he did what he did, Crews said. In the end, the actor decided not to go through with reporting the incident, for reasons that are all too familiar to victims of sexual assault in the industry: “I didn’t want 2b ostracized— par 4 the course when the predator has power n influence.”
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