Hollywood actor and former NFL player Terry Crews revealed on Twitter Tuesday that he was the victim of harassment by a “high-level Hollywood executive” in 2016.
The 41-year-old said the ongoing revelations about Harvey Weinstein were giving him “PTSD” as he was also a victim of a similar incident.
“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,” Crews wrote on Twitter as he explained the incident.
“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.”
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The Brooklyn Nine-Nine star said he considered kicking the person’s ass but “I WOULD HAVE BEEN IN JAIL. So we left.”
He said he received an apology the next day but the perpetrator never explained his actions.
“I let it go. And I understand why many women who this happens to let it go,” he wrote. “Who’s going 2 believe you? ( few) What r the repercussions?(many) Do u want 2 work again? (Yes) R you prepared 2b ostracized?”
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He knows who he is. But sumtimes Uhav2 wait & compare notes w/ others who’ve been victimized in order 2gain a position of strength.”
Crews later added: “I understand and empathize with those who have remained silent.”
He finished, “Hopefully, me coming forward with my story will deter a predator and encourage someone who feels hopeless.”
Last Thursday, the New York Times reported that Weinstein had reached settlements with at least eight different women.
On Tuesday, the New Yorker published a second piece in which another 13 women said they had been abused by the Hollywood mogul.
Other celebrities have come forward in the days after to reiterate that the “casting couch” culture persists in Hollywood.
“No one should be coerced into trading personal dignity for professional success. I feel the time is long and tragically overdue for all of us in the industry, women and men, to unite — calmly and dispassionately — and create a new culture of respect, equality and empowerment, where bullies and their enablers are no longer allowed to prosper,” Actress Glenn Close said in a statement to the New York Times.
In the U.S., 65 per cent of rape cases went unreported between 2006 and 2010, the Bureau of Justice Statistics reported.
The numbers are even higher in Canada with over 90 per cent of sexual assaults going unreported, Statscan reported.
In 2013, the National Crime Victimization Survey asked 40,000 U.S households about rape and sexual violence. Responses shows 38 per cent of incidents were against men.
The numbers seemed off so researchers contacted the Bureau of Justice Statistics to make sure they were accurate, Slate reported. The bureau confirmed the statistics but couldn’t offer an explanation as to why the numbers had increased.
Terry Crews tells his story on Twitter: