It’s been awhile since Terry Crews has spoken out about the sexual assault he endured two years ago at a Hollywood party. As it was previously reported, Adam Vinet supposedly groped him at a gathering back in 2016, something Terry went to the police over at the beginning of the #MeToo wave of accusations.
On Tuesday, Terry said to lawmakers that he declined a part in Expendables 4 because the film’s producer said he would have to drop his sexual assault lawsuit against the old talent agency.
Before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Crews said it was a “project I had to turn down.” Crews explained that “abusers protect abusers,” and in this particular case, he had to know where to “draw the line.”
Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa asked Crews if he had faced any retributive acts after he went public with the details in 2017.
Crews said that the “assault only lasted minutes,” but it was a meaningful act, one which insinuated that Adam had all of the power, and Crews couldn’t do anything.
Crews explained he wanted to react with violence toward Adam Venit but ultimately chose not to because he knew that such an action would forever ruin his career.
During his speech, Crews said he is a black man in America, and “as a black man in America,” one has only a certain number of chances at a successful career, as well as acceptance into the larger community.
Crews became emotional during his speech before the committee after Senator Dianne Feinstein told him to tell it like it is.
Crews appeared before senators today as a part of the political activist group, Rise, founded by Amanda Nguyen, a rape survivor. Amanda was a critical figure in getting the Sexual Assault Survivor’s Bill Of Rights passed back in 2016. Amanda is currently working toward getting all fifty states to sign a similar bill.