Terry Crews is still paying talent agency WME even though he fired them after he accused company executive Adam Venit of sexual assault.
“This is the deal. What’s so strange and crazy is that I’m still paying them. I go to work, and I still have to send a check to my molester,” the Brooklyn Nine-Nine star stated to reporters at Esquire’s 2018 Mavericks of Hollywood party on Tuesday.
Frustrated but determined
“This is Hollywood, it is insane. I look at my bank statement, and I’m like, ‘Damn, this is the most wrong thing of all time.’ I’m calling it, I’m going to play this whole thing out. If I don’t get justice, nobody can,” said Crews, who accused Venit of groping him at a 2016 party.
“He’s basically staring at me and he’s sticking his tongue out and, you know, it’s overtly sexual kind of tongue move…He comes over to me. I stick my hand out and he takes his hand and puts it and squeezes my genitals and I jump back like hey, hey and he’s like — he still is sticking his tongue out and all this stuff,” Crews told Good Morning America in November.
In December, Terry Crews filed a lawsuit against the executive seeking monetary and punitive damages for a list of offenses including sexual battery, sexual harassment and gender violence.
Venit was only briefly suspended from WME and has denied the accusation in court. His defense is that he did not mean the alleged assault in a sexual way. He called it “horseplay” and says that he later apologized to Crews.