Terry Crews Explains Why He Didn’t Fight Back When He Was Sexually Assaulted, Responds To 50 Cent
Today, actor Terry Crews testified in front of the U.S. Senate about the sexual harassment he experienced at the hands of Hollywood agent Adam Venit. Sad as it seems, this type of story coming from a man might strike a chord with men who have been hesitant or have outright refused to listen to women with similar stories.
In listening to clips of his testimony, I heard him answer at least one question that my uncles were discussing this past Christmas. “Why didn’t Crews fight back?” Apparently, it’s been on the minds of more than a few people. Because Senator Dianne Feinstein asked him the same question.
What was particularly powerful though was Crews’ response to question. Listen to it and his other remarks on the following pages.
“Senator, as a Black man in America, you only have a few shots at success. You only have a few chances to make yourself a viable member of the community. I’m from Flint, Michigan. I have seen many, many young Black men who were provoked into violence. And they’re in prison or they were killed and they’re not here. My wife, for years, prepared me. She said, ‘If you ever get goaded if you ever get prodded, if you ever have anyone try to push you into to any kind of situation, don’t do it. Don’t be violent. She trained me. It was the strength of my wife, who trained me and told me if this situation happens, let’s leave. And the training worked because I did not go into my first reaction. I grabbed her hand, we left.
But the next day, I went right to the agency. I have texts. I have phone conversations. I said ’This is unacceptable.’ I told them how I almost got violent but I didn’t. And I said, ‘What are you going to do about this predator that you have roaming your hallways.’ And I was told ‘We’re going to do everything in our power. We are going to handle this Terry. You’re right it is unacceptable.’ And then they disappeared. Nothing happened.”
In his opening remarks, he shared his story and explained what he hopes the Survivors Bill of Rights will accomplish.
– Right to a government-subsidized rape kit
– Access to police reports, rape kit results and sexual assault counselors
– Requiring that rape kits and forensic DNA evidence be retained for the duration of the statue of limitations, ensuring that survivors have adequate time to distance themselves from the trauma of sexual assault.
Terry Crews shared that he’s been dropped from Expendables 4 because of his lawsuit against WME and Adam Venit. He was told he would be reinstated if he dropped the case. He tweeted this months ago and shared it again during his testimony.
50 Cent who is known for his disrespect and disregard of women and sexual assault survivors offered his own commentary about Terry Crews’ incident.
Note Russell Simmons’ laughing emojis in response. Telling. This is the same Russell Simmons who is dealing with his own accusations of assault. The same Simmons who reached out to Crews to ask him to drop his case against Adam Venit.
You can check out Crews’ response to both Russell and 50 Cent on the following page.
You can watch the full video of his testimony above.