Hollywood has been left reeling after a New York Times report uncovered decades of alleged sexual misconduct by one of its biggest and most powerful figures, Harvey Weinstein.
The stunning revelations, published this past weekend, have seen well-known actress like Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie come forward and accuse the movie producer of inappropriate behavior.
Now actor Terry Crews has revealed that he too was groped by a powerful Hollywood executive in 2016 and says that, "Harvey Weinstein is not the only perpetrator."
The 49-year-old comedy star got serious on his Twitter on Tuesday (Oct. 10) to tell of how his assault played out, and highlighted that even for a man, Hollywood feels like a place where challenging those in charge could mean risking your career.
“This whole thing with Harvey Weinstein is giving me PTSD. Why? Because this kind of thing happened to ME…” the Expendables star wrote. “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.”
The actor continued, “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.”
Crew says didn’t “kick his ass” because he didn't think anyone would believe his version of events.
The Brooklyn Nine-Nine star said had he got violent with the man the next day's headline would likely read, "'240 lbs. Black Man stomps out Hollywood Honcho'". To this point he added, "Only I probably wouldn’t have been able to read it because I WOULD HAVE BEEN IN JAIL."
Instead of speaking up Crews said he and his wife quietly left the party.
When the alleged assailant apologised to Crews the next day he didn't take the matter further for fear of being “ostracised” from the business.
“I let it go. And I understand why many women who this happens to let it go,” the actor tweeted. “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).”
By sharing his story Crews hoped he could help “deter a predator and encourage someone who feels hopeless.”