Sundance: Terry Crews Shared Sexual Assault Story to "Free Other People"
The actor, at the festival with the film 'Sorry to Bother You,' spoke to THR about why he shared his story during the #MeToo movement.
Terry Crews, attending the Sundance Film Festival with his latest project Sorry to Bother You, spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about what his life his been like since speaking up about being allegedly sexually assaulted by WME's Adam Venit.
“I was prepared to go it all the way alone because that’s what women have normally gone through,” he told THR at Sundance.
In November, during the #MeToo movement, Crews revealed that he had been assaulted by a “high-level Hollywood executive” who allegedly groped the Brooklyn Nine-Nine star at a party. It was later revealed that person was Venit, who was put on leave from the agency soon after. Crews soon dropped WME as his agency.
“My big thing was not to internalize the shame because if you internalize the shame, you stay on the plantation," he added. "By talking about it, you free other people — that was my whole goal.”
Crews stars in Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You, which follows a young telemarketer (Lakeith Stanfield) who discovers he has a talent for the job that quickly raises his status. The quirky film is set in Oakland and also stars Tessa Thompson and Armie Hammer.