Crews, 49, first shared his own story of alleged assault days after the first Harvey Weinstein reports broke in early October. In a flurry of tweets, Crews said that he too was a victim. Since then, he’s named his alleged assaulter, talent agent Adam Venit, and has filed a lawsuit against him.
The “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star spoke to Time about why he initially opened up about something so personal and what others can do to support the alleged victims now stepping into the light.
“I’d actually just read a comment someone made on Twitter about one of Weinstein’s accusers. It went something like: She’s just looking for attention and a pay day. It really affected me,” Crews told the magazine. “I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I remember going to my phone and I started writing. And I couldn’t stop.”
The former football star turned actor said he felt anger that any women was being discounted after telling their story.
“I wanted to join in. I wanted to say something. I wanted to support. But I did have to let these women know they weren’t alone. And that I understood. My whole mission was to give them strength,” he said.
On Oct. 10, Crews tweeted, “My wife n I were at a Hollywood function last year n a high level Hollywood executive came over 2 me and groped my privates.” Crews asid he now believes that men need to join in the fight against sexual harassment in order to really change the culture.
“If I was silent, it would mean I’m consenting to all of it. I always have felt women have been able to take care of themselves, 100 percent. But men need to hold other men accountable,” he added. “You need to be held accountable for the things you say, the things you do.”
My wife n I were at a Hollywood function last year n a high level Hollywood executive came over 2 me and groped my privates. (2/cont.)
— terrycrews (@terrycrews) October 10, 2017
Even Crews himself says he’s been guilty in the past of thinking he was “more valuable than my wife and kids.”
“Until I had a major paradigm shift in my own life — it was like I hit rock bottom in order for me…