On Oct. 10, Terry Crews came forward with a story of a Hollywood executive who groped him at a party. While he initially didn’t name names, a few weeks later, he named Adam Venit as the man who allegedly assaulted him. Venit was placed on leave, but when it was announced he was back at his job after a month, Crews announced he would be suing. However, in a series of tweets on Friday, the actor alleges Venit has Terry Crews bugged to discourage his lawsuit.
Starting at 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 15, Crews started tweeting. He alleged that he and his family were being tracked and possibly bugged. He wrote:
My assailant Adam Venit is the founding partner at [WME Entertainment, previously known as the William Morris Agency], a corporation worth over $8 billion. I believe my family is being tracked and possibly bugged. I also believe [Russell Simmons] was asked to pressure me into dropping my case by
@WME execs. Somehow they thought he was the “King of Black people”.
Someone hacked into the computer my son and I built together. I have to shut it down and replace the hard drive. 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.
The town is compromised. But me, and my team, are not. If I were to have a timely “accident” — you know where to look. Retaliation in some form is expected — I would be naive to think otherwise… But vulnerability and openness is actually my best protection. I’m ready.
The mention of Russell Simmons refers to an email that Simmons sent Crews, telling him to “Give the agent a pass. Ask that he be reinstated.” Simmons closed his email, “With great love, all things are possible.”
Simmons is a producer and writer, famous for founding Def Jam Recordings and the fashion label Phat Farm. Over the past few days, Simmons has been accused by at least 11 women of sexual misconduct. Simmons denies the claims.
After Crews tweeted, he received an outpouring of support from followers. Today, he also retweeted an article about Mia Kirshner, who alleges the talent agency Creative Artists Agency (or CAA) repeatedly arranged meetings between actresses and alleged serial harasser Harvey Weinstein, for sex.
Crews added “You are one of the reasons I wouldn’t even sit down with CAA in the hunt for my new agency. I stand with you Mia.”
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