Since practically Day 1 of the sexual misconduct reckoning in Hollywood, Terry Crews was one of the strongest voices speaking truth to power. Now that his alleged harasser has been welcomed back to work, he’s not backing down.
Crews famously accused a “high level Hollywood executive” of groping him at a 2016 party, leading top #WME talent agent Adam Venit to take a leave of absence. Mashable has confirmed that Venit returned to work on Monday.
For his part, Crews did not mince words in his response to this development:
Sources familiar with the situation tell us that after a two-week internal investigation, Venit was suspended for 30 days without pay and demoted from head of the powerful agency’s motion picture group. Even without that title, Venit is a true Hollywood power broker who represents high-profile celebrities like Adam Sandler, Sylvester Stallone, Emma Stone, Dustin Hoffman, Liam Hemsworth and Steve Martin.
Presumably, Venit returns to WME even while still under investigation by the LAPD, after Crews filed a police report about the incident last month.
Crews says that personally called on Ari Emanuel, co-CEO of WME, with his concerns. In a Tweet, Crews posted pictures of a HuffPost article Emanuel wrote in 2011 demanding that Mel Gibson be blacklisted from #entertainment for his infamous anti-Semitic tirade.
I exchanged Adam Venit for Mel, and #sexual assault for anti-Semitic.
He said “it’s different” and handed the letter back to me. pic.twitter.com/7wwt4nskEU
— terrycrews (@terrycrews) November 27, 2017
According to Crews, he gave Emanuel a printout of the article with a few edits. Emanuel – the man who in all likelihood chose to reinstate Venit – allegedly handed it back to Crews, claiming that “it’s different.”
In the past month, Crews has gone on record about the incident, while also shining a spotlight on how both race and gender factor into sexual harassment.
As this cultural shift in sexual assault continues to unfold, it’s important to note which victims and predators slip through the cracks. Crews remains steadfast in his bravery as he demonstrates that victims are often not treated equally.
And, in some cases, alleged perpetrators are still apparently considered too big to fail.
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