Actor and former NFL player Terry Crews came forward on Tuesday to reveal the details of his own sexual assault, revealing that it doesn’t just happen to women. Surprisingly, the assault didn’t happen when Crews was early in his career; it happened only last year.
In a series of posts on Twitter, he opened up about how it happened. He said he was at a party when a "high-level Hollywood executive” walked up and grabbed him.
The alleged assault took place in public and in front of Crews’ wife. He said his gut instinct was to "kick his a** right then," but he feared legal and professional repercussions, so he stayed silent.
"I understand and empathize with those who have remained silent," wrote Crews. "But Harvey Weinstein is not the only perpetrator."
He said that he hoped his coming forward would help others to open up about their assaults. However, he didn’t name the name of the Hollywood executive.
In his first tweet, Crews brought up the issue, writing “This whole thing with Harvey Weinstein is giving me PTSD. Why? Because this kind of thing happened to ME.”
In subsequent tweets, he explained how he and his wife were at a Hollywood function when 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.”
He wanted to beat the man up, but he was concerned about the optics of a “240 lbs. black man” hitting a “Hollywood honcho.” He said the headlines would have painted him badly, and he might have even been in jail.
“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,” added Crews.
He says he decided not to take the issue any further because he didn’t want to be “ostracized.” He says that fear is par for the course when the predator has power and influence. That, he says, is why women are afraid to report abuse.
“I understand why many women who this happens to let it go. Who’s going 2 believe you? ( few) What r the repercussions?(many) Do u want 2 work again? (Yes) R you prepared 2b ostracized?(No),” wrote Crews.
Crews continued, “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 sumtimes Uhav2 wait & compare notes w/ others who’ve been victimized in order 2gain a position of strength.”
He concluded, “I understand and empathize with those who have remained silent. But Harvey Weinstein is not the only perpetrator. Hollywood is not the only business we’re 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.”
Here is the series of tweets.
Crews' statement comes after multiple actresses came forward to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct. Weinstein has since apologized for his actions and checked into a treatment facility. His wife, Georgina Chapman, also announced that she was leaving him. Weinstein just opened up about the divorce and how he plans to move forward.