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Terry Crews sues Hollywood agent Adam Venit for alleged sexual assault

Terry Crews sues Hollywood agent Adam Venit for alleged sexual assault

Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Terry Crews made headlines in the days following the first wave of Harvey Weinstein allegations by relaying, via Twitter, the story of how a "high level Hollywood exec" groped him at an industry function.

He claims agent Adam Venit grabbed his genitals, but the company ignored his "bizarre behaviour". "He's grabbing my nuts".

According to TMZ, after Venit groped Crews, the actor called for help from Adam Sandler, a client of Venit's, who was also at the party and who checked in with him later that night.

On Nov. 30, Crews tweeted what he captioned as a text exchange between himself and his former agent at WME, Brad Slater. In his lawsuit, Crews claims that he told Sandler about Venit's alleged actions and says that Sandler called him on his way home from the party to check if he was okay.

At the time of publishing, Venit has not publicly responded to the allegations.

"My wife n I were at a Hollywood function past year n a high level Hollywood executive came over 2 me and groped my privates", Crews said of how he was sexually assaulted.

He claims he notified an agent of the assault the next day but the firm declined to take action, according to the suit. The actor says he was assured by his agent that WME would address the issue, but never received word of any punishment. Crews reported the assault to WME, but to his knowledge Venit faced no consequences beyond calling him to apologize.

Venit was initially suspended by WME but has now returned to work. Venit served a one-month paid suspension before being reinstated with WME, and was demoted from his position as head of the motion picture department.

"Given the history of inaction by WME and the retaliatory actions that have occurred and likely will occur, Crews had no choice [but] to bring this action to protect himself and to stand up for all victims of sexual predators", writes Sullivan.

Crews is now seeking monetary and punitive damages for assault, battery, sexual battery, sexual harassment, gender violence and intention infliction of emotional distress.

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