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Terry Crews Has Come Forward With Sexual Assault Claims Against Another Hollywood Exec

"I understand why many women who this happens to let it go."

As the entertainment industry continues to grapple with the wave of sexual harassment and assault allegations that have been levelled against producer Harvey Weinstein in recent days, actor Terry Crews has come forward with a claim of sexual assault against another unnamed Hollywood executive.

The Brooklyn 99 star took to Twitter overnight to share the details, which he alleges took place at a Hollywood function last year and involved “a high-level Hollywood executive.”

“This whole thing with Harvey Weinstein is giving me PTSD,” he wrote. “Why? Because this kind of thing happened to ME.”

According to Crews, he was with his wife when the man came up to him and groped his privates.

“I was going to kick his ass right then — but I thought twice about how the whole thing would appear,” wrote Crews. “‘240 lbs. Black Man stomps out Hollywood Honcho’ would be the headline the next day. Only I probably wouldn’t have been able to read it because I WOULD HAVE BEEN IN JAIL. So we left.”

Crews says he decided not to take any action against the man because he didn’t want to be ostracised — something he said was par for the course when the perpetrator was a person in power.

“I let it go,” he wrote. “And I understand why many women who this happens to let it go.”

Crews concluded by saying that “Harvey Weinstein is not the only perpetrator,” and that “Hollywood is not the only business we’re [sic] this happens.”

“To the casualties of this behavior — you are not alone,” he wrote. “Hopefully, me coming forward with my story will deter a predator and encourage someone who feels hopeless.”

Crews’ remarks were met with a positive reaction from people on social media, with many pointing out how rare it is for men to feel comfortable coming forward with allegations against other men.

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT.org.auIn an emergency, call 000.

Men can access anonymous confidential telephone counselling to help to stop using violent and controlling behaviour through the Men’s Referral Service on 1300 766 491.