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Terry Crews on Saturday suggested that Adam Venit’s position as a board member of the LAPD Foundation doomed his sexual assault claim against the WME partner.
“Adam Venit has been the Event Chairman of the LAPD Foundation, which raises millions for the @LAPD. (See letter below) Anyone wonder why my assault case against him was thrown out by the D.A.? Yeah, #MeToo,” Crews wrote in a tweet.
Crews’ tweet included a screenshot of an email penned by Venit and his wife Trina that asked its recipient to sponsor the LAPD’s True Blue Cocktail Gala. It additionally mentioned that the Venits are event chairs of the celebration. Venit himself is one of 19 board members for the LAPD Foundation, a nonprofit that helps fund and provide other resources to the police department.
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, a representative for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office said, “The matter was referred to the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office for misdemeanor filing consideration as it did not meet felony filing standards.”
The Sorry to Bother You actor has become a vocal advocate of the #MeToo movement since he claimed that Venit “squeezed his genitals” at a party in February 2016. Crews initially tweeted out his accusations without naming Venit in the wake of initial reports that Harvey Weinstein had sexually harassed and assaulted women in the entertainment industry.
In response, WME placed Venit on a one-month, unpaid suspension at the end of October.
However, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office declined the claim in March, stating, “The matter was referred to our office and was subsequently declined due to the lapse in statute of limitations for misdemeanor cases.”
The office additionally declined a felony filing, stating, “Given that the suspect did not make contact with the victim’s skin when he grabbed the victim’s genitals and there is no restraint involved, a felony filing is declined.”
Adam Venit has been the Event Chairman of the LAPD Foundation, which raises millions for the @LAPD. (See letter below)
Anyone wonder why my assault case against him was thrown out by the D.A.?
— terrycrews (@terrycrews) August 25, 2018
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