Actor Terry Crews, who co-stars on “Brooklyn Nine- Nine” and has appeared in films including the “Expendables” trilogy, said Tuesday he sympathizes with alleged victims of Harvey Weinstein, announcing via Twitter that he was “groped” by a male Hollywood producer last year.
Crews, 49, did not name the producer involved, but called him a “high level Hollywood executive” who grabbed his genitals during a Hollywood function last year.
The executive “came over (to) me and groped my privates,” Crews wrote in an extended Twitter post.
“Jumping back I said What are you doing?!” Crews wrote. “My wife saw everything (and) we looked at him like he was crazy. He just grinned like a jerk. I was going to kick his ass 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.”
Crews said he and his wife left the event, and the producer called him the next day to apologize, but never explained why he did it. He said he didn’t pursue the issue because he didn’t want to be “ostracized.”
“Par 4 the course when the predator has power (and) influence,” Crews wrote.
“I love what I do. But it’s a shame and the height of disappointment when someone tries to takes advantage of that,” Crews wrote. “He knows who he is. But (sometimes) U have 2 wait & compare notes w/ others who’ve been victimized in order 2 gain a position of strength.
I understand and empathize with those who have remained silent. But Harvey Weinstein is not the only perpetrator. Hollywood is not the only business (where) 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.”