Terry Crewes speaks out about being sexually assaulted
Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Terry Crewes has shown his support for the women who have spoken out against sexual harassment and assault in the business, by sharing his own experience.
Crewes shared his story via a tweet on Tuesday afternoon.
He started the thread by saying that the accusations being levelled against Hollywood heavyweight producer Harvey Weinstein were giving him PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).
The versatile actor, known for doing comedy as effortlessly as he does action, shared that he and his wife were at a Hollywood function last year when the incident occurred.
"This whole thing with Harvey Weinstein is giving me PTSD. Why? Because this kind of thing happened to ME. My wife [and] I were at a Hollywood function last year [and] a high level Hollywood executive came over 2 me and groped my privates. Jumping back I said What are you doing?! My wife saw everything [and] we looked at him like he was crazy. He just grinned like a jerk. I was going to kick his ass right then — but I thought twice about how the whole thing would appear. "240 lbs. Black Man stomps out Hollywood Honcho" would be the headline the next day. Only I probably wouldn't have been able to read it because I WOULD HAVE BEEN IN JAIL. So we left," he tweeted.
The former NFL player says that he shared the incident with people he knew and worked with and says the executive, who is not Weinstein, did call him to apologize the following day but did not explain why he did it.
He chose not to pursue the matter, as he did not want to be "ostracized, par for the course when the predator has power and influence".
"Who's going to believe you?" he asked.
He ended the thread by sharing his solidarity with those who have experienced the behaviour, reminding them that they were not alone.
"Hollywood is not the only business where this happens, and to the casualties of this behaviour — you are not alone.
"Hopefully, me coming forward with my story will deter a predator and encourage someone who feels hopeless," he wrote.