Terry Crews is speaking up about his own experience in an alleged sexual assault from a “Hollywood executive” amid the quickly expanding details that emerge in the Harvey Weinstein harassment bombshell, calling the matter “PTSD.”
Mere days after Rose McGowan called out several male actors to speak up against the shamed entertainment mogul after the New York Times expose, the 49-year-old White Chicks star revealed that even he had a rough time with sexual harassers in Hollywood.
Taking to Twitter, Crews revealed that — as big a man as he is — he was also a victim of sexual harassment by an unnamed “Hollywood executive.”
“This whole thing with Harvey Weinstein is giving me PTSD. Why? Because this kind of thing happened to ME,” he began, revealing the entire story in a 16-part tweet.
“My wife [and] I were at a Hollywood function last year [in] a [high-level] Hollywood executive came over [to] me and groped my privates.”
At the time, Terry Crews revealed that he reacted almost immediately. Jumping back, he questioned his assaulter about what he did and added that even his wife, Rebecca King-Crews, saw everything.
“We looked at him like he was crazy. He just grinned like a jerk.”
Triggered, the football player-turned-actor admitted that he wanted to “kick his a**” but wasn’t able to do so for fear of what it might appear in public eye and that it would probably cost him a lot.
Afterwards, he spoke to people he knew worked with the “Hollywood executive” in question, causing the perpetrator to apologize.
The 49-year-old former NFL player then imparted his sympathy and empathy for the women assaulted by Harvey Weinstein, making Terry Crews one of the very few male actors who actually spoke up about the matter amid the “deafening silence,” as Rose McGowan dubbed it.
This caused some Twitter users to applaud the actor and bite back at shamers who claim that it was the victim’s fault for not coming forward.
However, it also launched an array of criticism for the actor for the time he had been silent about it.
Fortunately, there were those who came forward to defend him and all other victims who were shamed even after undergoing the difficult task of coming forward to public about their experience.
Aside from Terry Crews, other actors like George Clooney, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Christian Slater, and Mark Ruffalo, as well as late-night show hosts Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, and Stephen Colbert, condemned sexual harassment in the business amid the shamed mogul’s case.
On top of that, Ben Affleck, whom Rose McGowan called out for keeping quiet amid the issue, have also taken to social media to sympathize with Weinstein’s victims and urged people to try and do better in protecting possible victims of such sickening behavior.
“I am saddened and angry that a man who I worked with used his position of power to intimidate, sexually harass and manipulate many women over decades,” he wrote.
“We need to do better at protecting our sisters, friends, co-workers and daughters. We must support those who come forward, condemn this type of behavior when we see it and help ensure there are more women in positions of power.”
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