Terry Crews sues Hollywood agent he says groped him
Terry Crews Sues Hollywood Agent Adam Venit over Alleged Groping
Amanda Edwards/Getty Images FILEAdam Venit arrives for an event on Nov. 6, 2011, in Los Angeles.
Terry Crews Sues The Talent Agent Who Allegedly Groped Him
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Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Terry Crews made headlines in the days following the first wave of Harvey Weinstein allegations by relaying, via Twitter, the story of how a “high level Hollywood exec” groped him at an industry function. He told the story, and described his inaction to the assault, to explain how he understands “why women who this happens to let it go,” in the hope that “me coming for ward with my story will deter a predator and encourage someone who feels hopeless.”
On Nov. 30, Crews tweeted what he captioned as a text exchange between himself and his former agent at WME, Brad Slater. “Brad – your boy Adam Venit – I was handing with Sandler the other night he was was DOPED UP,” reads Crews’ text. “It was embarrassing. Sandler had to call me to apologize. He actually grabbed my NUTS.”
In October, Crews took to Twitter and described the alleged assault. Venit — whose clients include Sandler, Emma Stone, and Dustin Hoffman — was placed on a one-month suspension by the firm following Crews’ allegations, but returned to the company and was demoted from his position as head of WME’s Motion Picture Group.
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. (2/cont.)
Terry Crews has filed a lawsuit against the Hollywood agent who allegedly sexually assaulted him
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Terry Crews is suing the Hollywood agent he accused of groping him last year at an industry event.
Guess who’s Dustin Hoffman’s agent? My assailant @WME ‘s Adam Venit. If I wrote this in a movie you’d call it ridiculous. ABUSERS PROTECT ABUSERS https://t.co/pBid0CInoe
big way. He’s saying “no one gets a pass” and he means it. He’s not just standing up for himself, not just going after one guy. He’s calling out an entire industry built on complicity and abuses of power, and he’s calling on other men to come along with him.reported by TMZ and confirmed by Variety, repeats Crews’ claim that Venit groped his genitals and also says Venit stuck “his tongue in and out of his mouth provocatively.” The lawsuit alleges that Crews alerted Adam Sandler, who was at the party and is represented by Venit, by yelling, “Adam, come get your boy! He’s grabbing my nuts.”
Crews told GMA that when the Weinstein sexual misconduct allegations broke, he felt like he had “PTSD,” and recognized he had also experienced sexual assault. Crews then decided it was the right time to share his experience.
A week later, Crews, 49, appeared on “Good Morning America” to name the agent he says harassed him at an industry event in West Hollywood, California. Crews said that he’d never met Venit, but even so, the agent stuck his tongue out at him and then squeezed the actor’s genitals.
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Crews has since fired his WME agent.
filed a lawsuit Monday against Adam Venit and the agent’s company, William Morris Endeavor, for assault, battery and gender violence. The complaint asserted that Venit had not been properly held accountable for the “blatant and unprovoked sexual assault.” When Terry Crews came forward with his account of being sexually assaulted by a prominent Hollywood agent, he was celebrated for having the courage to share his experience, and for standing in solidarity with the women who were coming forward with allegations against Harvey Weinstein and other alleged abusers.
Terry Crews Sues Agent Adam Venit for Alleged Assault and Sexual Harassment
Venit hasn’t publicly commented on the allegations and didn’t immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for comment.
Crew alleges that Mr Venit, a William Morris Endeavor (WME) talent agent, groped him at an industry event hosted by actor Adam Sandler.
Crews had previously filed a report with the Los Angeles Police Department in regards to the alleged assault. He first went public with his story on Oct. 10, shortly after the New York Times and New Yorker ran bombshell sexual harassment exposes about Harvey Weinstein.
“It shrunk me. It’s like I was no longer a person, only ornamental.”
And that’s not to mention the many, many other women in the #MeToo movement not interviewed by Time. The movement is mainly about women who have been sexually harassed, assaulted, or raped by men in the workplace or in daily life. But Crews’ inclusion highlights the smaller but significant place for men in the movement as well.
Terry Crews sues groper Terry Crews has sued Hollywood agent Adam Venit for allegedly groping him repeatedly at a party in 2016. The actor and former NFL star filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Adam Venit and William Morris Endeavor, claiming the agency “knowingly permitted and encouraged to engage in sexually predatory conduct.” He names Venit and agency chairman Ari Emanuel, who he says retaliated against him after going public with his accusations. “Crews seeks to send a message to all abusers and sexual predators, that, no matter how powerful you are, you can be held accountable for your reprehensible misconduct and so will the companies that cover up your disgusting misdeeds,” the filing says. Venit, whose clients included Sylvester Stallone, Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler, Dustin Hoffman and Brett Ratner, was reportedly placed on leave.>> See list of who’s accused of sexual misconduct in Hollywood
Head over to Time to read the rest of Crews’ interview.
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gigya.socialize.showShareBarUI(createArticleGigyaParams(gigTitle, gigURL, gigDesc, gigImg, “www”, “whenRequired”, “componentDiv”, “https://static.ctvnews.ca”, “right”)); Sandy Cohen, The Associated Press Published Tuesday, December 5, 2017 8:07PM EST LOS ANGELES — Terry Crews alleges talent agents at William Morris Endeavor are "knowingly permitted and encouraged to engage in sexually predatory conduct" in a lawsuit filed Tuesday against the agency and one of its top executives.Venit, who represents A-list celebrities like Casey Affleck, Dustin Hoffman, Sylvester Stallone and Eddie Murphy, then inexplicably grabbed Crews, prompting the actor to yell out to Sandler: “Adam, come get your boy! He’s grabbing my nuts.”About Us). The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Media New York.
“I was really angry because these women were being discounted. These women were being discarded,” Crews said.
'He stared at me like a rabid dog': Terry Crews sues high-powered agent Adam Venit over claims he grabbed his …
Crews claims in his lawsuit that Venit, Emanuel and other agency executives have since tried to silence him and hurt his career.About Us). The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of MLive Media Group.”First of all, the thread of that is going to keep people right. We need to know you can’t do it. If it’s not a witch, it’s a witch hunt. If there are actual witches there, we need to stop them. I have people coming to me saying, ‘Hey, man. You could ruin this guy’s life.’ Very clever. That’s a very clever thing to say. But he ruined it when he did it,” he said. “This gives my life meaning. Now I know why I was put here.”“Men need to hold other men accountable,” Crews added. “That’s my thing. I came up in the cult of masculinity, in football and the sports world and entertainment. You’re in places and guys are saying the wildest thing. People need to be called on that. You need to be held accountable for the things you say, the things you do. What it came from is literally a belief that as a man you are more valuable than a woman.”
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Crews’s outspokeness has led him to be named among the Silence Breakers, TIME’s Person of the Year. He spoke to the publication about the reception to his story and the role men should play in advocating for women’s rights.
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Venit did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s requests for comment.revealed the identity of the exec: William Morris Endeavor agent Adam Venit. And now, he’s filed suit against the agent and the agency.