We'll never forget when Terry Crews took to Twitter to open up about the time he was sexually assaulted at a Hollywood party. Though he didn't initially name the alleged assaulter, subsequent reports named the man Crews accused of assault as talent manager Adam Venit of William Morris Endeavor (WME). Crews later filed a police report with the Los Angeles Police Department against the executive.
Unfortunately, the L.A. City Attorney's Office did not peruse a case against Venit. The incident fell outside the statute of limitations, furthering a discussion about why survivors often feel unable to come forward right away.
In Crews' case, there were multiple reasons. He has explained what happened and how it affected him several times since coming forward, but, on Tuesday, June 26, he was able to speak his piece to California Senator Diane Feinstein and others directly who gathered to hear his testimony on Capitol Hill.
As TMZ reports, the Brooklyn Nine-Nine star testified about his sexual assault incident in front of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.
terry crews talking about why he didn’t fight back while being sexually assaulted. i don’t usually share stuff like this but y’all gotta watch this. pic.twitter.com/Z3gk8qybKT— Lil Nas X (@NasMarai) June 26, 2018
Senator Feinstein asked Crews a question he has often been asked: Why didn't someone with his apparent physical ability fight back?
"As a black man in America—," Crews began before visibly getting choked up.
Senator Feinstein then prompted the emotional actor to continue, "Say it as it is — I think it's important."
Crews continued, "... You only have a few shots at success. You only have a few chances to make yourself a viable member of the community. I'm from Flint, Michigan. I have seen many many young black men who were provoked into violence, and they were imprisoned ... or they were killed."
He then thanked his wife, Rebecca King-Crews, for "preparing" him for such a situation, saying she's longed urged him to choose non-violence.
Crews said he went to the agency's higher-ups the next day after the incident, and he claims they assured him they'd do "everything in their power" to rectify everything. And then, as we know, nothing happened.
We stand with you, Terry Crews.