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Terry Crews Opens Up About Being Sexually Assaulted by Hollywood Agent

Terry Crews, Adam Venit, Sexual Assault
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He says he felt like a “prisoner of war” before he came forward. 

Nearly two years after Terry Crews alleges he was sexually assaulted by a Hollywood agent at a party the actor is coming forward and detailing the incident. After being recorded by TMZ after making a police report against WME agent Adam Venit, Crews appeared on Good Morning America and described that night to host Michael Strahan.

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"He's basically staring at me and sticking his tongue out and just [doing] overtly sexual tongue moves," he said. "I'm looking like, 'Is this a joke? I don't understand.' It was actually so bizarre." Crews, who was at a party with his wife the night of the alleged incident, credits the brave women who have been coming forward in the Harvey Weinstein case and others as to where he found the courage to finally bring his own trouble with Hollywood power abuse to light.

Crews says that after that initial exchange happened from a distance, Venit approached him. Crews says that when he attempted to shake Venit's hand and introduce himself, Venit instead "squeezed [Crews'] genitals" while continuing his tongue gestures. "I jumped back like, 'Hey, hey, dude, what are you doing?!" Crews said. The actor recalled Venit "laughing and giggling" the entire time. "I've never felt more emasculated, more objectified. I was horrified," he said.

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Crews said something his wife said to him long before is the reason he didn't lash out in violence, coupled with how he knows the American justice system portrays black men as "thugs." He went on to say that the type of "who's going to believe you" air that Venit exuded made him completely understand why it's hard for women to come forward when someone in power "breaks and violates that boundary, you're a prisoner of war."

Watch his GMA appearance, below.

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