The past week, headlines have been ripe with news out of Hollywood alleging Harvey Weinstein of sexual abuse and misconduct. Today, actor Terry Crews has stepped up to the podium announcing that he, too, has been at the receiving end of sexual abuse by an unnamed Hollywood executive.
In a series of tweets to his 617k followers, Crews detailed the incident that took place at a Hollywood function last year. He opens the thread saying “This whole thing with Harvey Weinstein is giving me PTSD. Why? Because this kind of thing happened to ME.” The actor goes on to detail the incident which took place in public and in the presence of his wife and explains he didn’t retaliate because he knew he would be villainized in the headlines. Using the timeline thread as a teachable moment, Crews goes on to explain why many victims of sexual abuse do not come forward and simply ‘let it go’ like he did when the predator has ‘power and influence.’
The words from Crews come at an important time as the voices of women are frequently drowned out until they come in collective droves, and even then their authenticity is questioned. Crews speaking up on the issue illustrates this as an industry-wide issue across gender lines and not an isolated incident.
Read the account in his words below:
Imagine being privileged enough to grab the balls of Terry Crews, who not only a notable figure but also a 240lb former NFL linebacker and know nothing will happen to you? Power is one helluvah drug.
Kudos to Terry Crews for using his platform for the greater good today.
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