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Actor Terry Crews Opens Up about Being Sexual Assaulted by a Hollywood Exec

‘Harvey Weinstein is not the only perpetrator.’

In the midst of a torrent of sexual-harassment accusations against famed Hollywood producer Harvey WeinsteinBrooklyn Nine-Nine actor Terry Crews opened up in a series of tweets about an incident in which he claims he was sexually assaulted by an unnamed powerful Hollywood executive. ‘This whole thing with Harvey Weinstein is giving me PTSD. Why? Because this kind of thing happened to ME,’ he tweeted. ‘My wife and I were at a Hollywood function last year and high-level Hollywood executive came over to me and groped my privates.’

Crews said he responded to the assault by jumping back and asking the executive, ‘What are you doing?!’ as his wife looked at the executive ‘like he was crazy’. Crews said he didn’t ‘kick his ass’ right there because he was understandably concerned about the optics. ‘240 lbs. Black Man stomps out Hollywood Honcho’ would be the headline the next day,’ he said. ‘Only I probably wouldn’t have been able to read it because I WOULD HAVE BEEN IN JAIL. So we left.’

The father of five said the executive called him to apologise the next day. Crews decided not to take the situation any further because he didn’t want to be ostracised for speaking out. ‘I understand why many women who this happens to let it go,’ he tweeted. ‘Who’s going to believe you? (Few) What are the repercussions? (Many) Do you want to work again? (Yes) Are you prepared to be ostracised?(No).’

You can read the thread in its entirety here:

This post was originally published on Cosmopolitan.com.

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