Terry Crews addressed the US Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday regarding the Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights and, during his remarks, alleged that he's out of 'Expendables 4' due to his civil suit against Hollywood agent Adam Venit.
Crews spoke candidly about Venit's alleged assault, which Crews is now taking legal action on, and said that Venit "was effectively telling me, while he held my genitals in his hand, that he held the power. That he was in control." Crews went even further, alleging that he was cut out of 'The Expendables 4' over both his suit against Venit and because of producer Avi Lerner's own legal issues regarding sexual misconduct claims.
"Abusers protect abusers — and this is one thing I had to decide, whether I was going to draw the line on," said Crews. As well as this, Crews also alleged that "many, many other men in Hollywood" had similar stories of abuse.
Crews explained that "since I came forward with my story I have had thousands and thousands of men come to me and say ‘Me too, this is my story. But I did not have the confidence, or I did not feel safe enough, to come out,' because what happens is you get blacklisted, your career is in danger - after that, no one wants to work with you."
For his part, Venit was suspended for 30 days without pay from WME and was demoted from Head Of Motion Picture Development at the agency to an agent and Crews' suit is ongoing.
Here's Crews' opening statement in full.