As multiple high-profile actors continue revealing stories of sexual abuse at the hands of prominent Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein, former NFL player turned actor Terry Crews revealed Tuesday that he was sexually assaulted by a well-known Hollywood executive in the presence of his wife last year.
In a series of tweets, the 49-year-old star of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," who is also an outspoken Christian, delivered a twist in the narrative of sexual assault victims in Hollywood when he said the Weinstein debacle was "giving me PTSD," then explained why.
"This whole thing with Harvey Weinstein is giving me PTSD. Why? Because this kind of thing happened to ME," he began in his Twitter revelation.
"My wife n I were at a Hollywood function last year n a high level Hollywood executive came over 2 me and groped my privates. Jumping back I said What are you doing?! My wife saw everything n we looked at him like he was crazy. He just grinned like a jerk," Crews said.
Crews explained that he wanted to retaliate after he was groped by the executive but he was worried about the potential fallout from his reaction.
"I was going to kick his a** right then — but I thought twice about how the whole thing would appear. '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," he said of him and his wife, Rebecca King-Crews.
Despite not reacting right away, Crews said he began taking action behind the scenes by reaching out to people in the industry about what had happened to him.
"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 2 take it further becuz I didn't want 2b ostracized— par 4 the course when the predator has power n influence. I let it go," he said.
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