TERRY CREWS SPEAKS OUT ON SEXUAL ASSAULT EXPERIENCE
Terry Crews took to Twitter to share his story of sexual assault, in light of the recent allegations against top Holllywood executive Harvey Weinstein. "This whole thing with Harvey Weinstein is giving me PTSD. Why? Because this kind of thing happened to ME," tweeted the Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor. Crews spoke on an incident when he and his wife attended an industry 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?!'" Crews tweeted. "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," he continued. "'240 lbs. 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," he reflected. "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? (No) I love what I do. But it’s a shame and the height of disappointment when someone tries to takes 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," Crews concluded. "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."
Glad that he came forward and hopefully this will encourage more vitims to speak out.