Over the past several days, Hollywood has been rocked by an ever-growing scandal centered around Harvey Weinstein.
The long-time movie producer was revealed by The New York Times last week to be a serial sexual harasser, as the newspaper revealed eight past instances in which Weinstein paid off alleged victims in exchange for the silence.
Since then, Weinstein has basically admitted to many of the charges… issued a bizarre apology… been fired by the company he helped build…
… and been accused of rape by seven different women.
It’s an ugly, ugly, UGLY situation.
However, if any silver lining can come out of this controversy, it’s the exposure of sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry and how so many women have disgusting stories to tell.
Numerous actresses have been coming forward of late with statements about their own sordid past with Weinstein and/or with some other high-powered male who put them in an awkward (at best) circumstance.
Enough of this behavior is enough – and perhaps this bombshell of a report will help curb such gross behavior.
But Terry Crews wants the public to know that women aren’t the only victims.
He was once groped by a Hollywood executive.
“This whole thing with Harvey Weinstein is giving me PTSD. Why? Because this kind of thing happened to ME,” the Brooklyn 99 star wrote as the first of many Tweets outlining what happened to him.
We’ll just let the actor take it from here.
We’ll let Crews tell his own awful story…
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.)
Jumping back I said What are you doing?! My wife saw everything n we looked at him like he was crazy. He just grinned like a jerk. (3/cont.)
I was going to kick his ass right then— but I thought twice about how the whole thing would appear. (4/cont.)
“240 lbs. Black Man stomps out Hollywood Honcho” would be the headline the next day. (5/cont.)
Only I probably wouldn’t have been able to read it because I WOULD HAVE BEEN IN JAIL. So we left. (6/cont.)
That night and the next day I love what I do. But it’s a shame and the height of disappointment when someone tries to takes advantage of that. (12/cont.)I talked to everyone I knew that worked with him about what happened. (7/cont.)
He called me the next day with an apology but never really explained why he did what he did. (8/cont.)
I decided not 2 take it further becuz I didn’t want 2b ostracized— par 4 the course when the predator has power n influence. (9/cont.)
I let it go. And I understand why many women who this happens to let it go. (10/cont.)
Who’s going 2 believe you? ( few) What r the repercussions?(many) Do u want 2 work again? (Yes) R you prepared 2b ostracized?(No)(11/cont.)
I love what I do. But it’s a shame and the height of disappointment when someone tries to takes advantage of that. (12/cont.)
He knows who he is. But sumtimes Uhav2 wait & compare notes w/ others who’ve been victimized in order 2gain a position of strength. (13cont)
I understand and empathize with those who have remained silent. But Harvey Weinstein is not the only perpetrator. (14/cont.)
Hollywood is not the only business we’re this happens, and to the casualties of this behavior— you are not alone. (15/cont.)
Hopefully, me coming forward with my story will deter a predator and encourage someone who feels hopeless. (16/end)
We admire Terry Crews for coming out with this story. Bravo, sir.