The Harvey Weinstein scandal continues to grow darker and darker by the minute as more women are coming out with allegations of sexual harassment and even rape. One well-known Hollywood actor, Terry Crews of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, is also coming out with a story of sexual harassment.
Crews took to Twitter Tuesday afternoon to make the allegations that years ago, a Hollywood exec who he doesn’t named groped his private parts in front of his wife at a party.
In a total of 15 tweets, Terry Crews said (edited for clarity):
This whole thing with Harvey Weinstein is giving me PTSD. Why? Because this kind of thing happened to ME. My wife and I were at a Hollywood function last year and a high level Hollywood executive came over to me and groped my privates.
Jumping back I said “What are you doing?!” My wife saw everything and 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. “240-pound black man stomps out Hollywood Honcho” would be the headline the next day. Only I probably wouldn’t have been able to read it because I WOULD HAVE BEEN IN JAIL. So we left.
That night and the next day I talked to everyone I knew that worked with him about what happened. He called me the next day with an apology but never really explained why he did what he did. I decided not to take it further because I didn’t want to be ostracized — par for the course when the predator has power and influence.
I let it go. And I understand why many women who this happens to let it go. 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?
I love what I do. But it’s a shame and the height of disappointment when someone tries to take advantage of that. He knows who he is. But sometimes you have to wait and compare notes with others who’ve been victimized in order to gain a position of strength.
I understand and empathize with those who have remained silent. But Harvey Weinstein is not the only perpetrator. Hollywood is not the only business where this happens, and to the casualties of this behavior — you are not alone.
Hopefully, me coming forward with my story will deter a predator and encourage someone who feels hopeless.
An outpouring of support for Terry Crews took place after his omission. One fan tweeted: “Terry, I’ve been a fan of yours for a long time, but this tweet thread is absolutely incredible. It makes me want to weep thinking about what you’re doing for victims, both men and women. Thank you so, so much for sharing what happened to you.”
Another said: “Wow man. Thank you for being so open & showing that it also happens to men too and a lot of men understand. Prayers up for you brother.”
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