Terry Crews was the only man who came forward as a part of the #MeToo Movement and he recently credited women for giving him the courage to speak out about his experience.
During the “Breaking of Silence to Heal Our Communities” panel at Essence Fest, the Brooklyn Nine Nine actor said once he saw women find their voice, he also found his.
“When the women of the Me Too movement came forward, I viewed that like a hole in the fence,” he said according to Deadline. I watched those women escape and I ran right after them. That is when I came public. With the inspiration and from the courage they showed, actually gave me the courage to come forward with my story.”
Crews also pointed out that he had already told William Morris Endeavor about his alleged 2016 assault from one of their agents Adam Venit and was patient with the investigation before he spoke out publicly. When the agency didn’t handle the situation, Crews said he felt he couldn’t go to the police because he felt he wouldn’t be taken seriously.
“I did come forward right away. I went right to the agency where this man worked and told everybody. I didn’t go public right away. I gave them time to rectify the situation. I wanted them to get rid of this man.” He added, “This was pre-Me Too, if I would have gone to the police, I would have been laughed out of the precinct. This was also a time when people believed that you as a man couldn’t be sexually assaulted. It was impossible to get anyone to believe.”
Crews’ wife, Rebecca was also on the panel and said the situation turned them into advocates for other sexual assault survivors.
“We used our anger about this situation to be an advocate for other people,” Mrs. Crews said. “It made [us] realize there’s a bigger purpose. You can take what’s meant for evil and use it for good and that’s what we did.”