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The Brooklyn Nine-Nine star dropped his former agency Nov. 9 in connection with his revelation that high-ranking agent Adam Venit allegedly sexually assaulted him at a party in February 2016. The then-motion picture head, who did not represent Crews, grabbed him by the genitals, according to the actor. Crews has filed a lawsuit against both Venit and WME, claiming that the agency failed to adequately address the assault, and he continues to discuss the matter on his Twitter account. (WME demoted Venit and suspended him from a month.)
In addition to Fox’s Golden Globe-winning cop comedy, Crews also was a series regular on UPN/The CW’s Everybody Hates Chris and TBS’ Are We There Yet?. He successfully transitioned from the NFL to Hollywood with his unforgettable breakout role in 2004’s White Chicks, then further cemented his popularity as an Old Spice pitchman for the past eight years (his latest brand partnership is with Microsoft Xbox One and its upcoming game Crackdown 3). He’ll next be seen opposite Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson in the indie fantasy Sorry to Bother You, which will premiere at Sundance in January. Crews has recently flexed his hosting skills as well, with Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?, Fox’s World’s Funniest and Netflix’s Ultimate Beastmaster.
UTA will represent Crews, who was among the “Silence Breakers” named Time’s 2017 Person of the Year, in all areas. After studying drawing and architecture at Western Michigan University (where he led the Broncos to the 1998 Mid-Atlantic Conference Championship), he later collaborated with Bernhardt Design for an award-winning furniture capsule collection. An ambassador for the anti-human trafficking nonprofit The Polaris Project, he penned his memoir Manhood in 2014 and received the UN Global Generation Award a year later.
Crews continues to be represented by 3 Arts and Morris Yorn.
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