Actor and former soccer participant Terry Crews filed a sexual assault and battery lawsuit Tuesday in Los Angeles towards agent Adam Venit and Venit’s employer, William Morris Endeavor Leisure (WME).
Crews, star of Brooklyn 9-9, states within the lawsuit that he’s in search of to carry Venit and WME accountable for the alleged Feb. four, 2016, sexual assault by Venit on Crews. Crews mentioned he had by no means met Venit earlier than, when the agent “viciously grabbed [his] penis and testicles so onerous that it brought about [him] instant ache in a blatant and unprovoked sexual assault.”
Crews mentioned the groping occurred at an leisure business occasion the place Venit was representing WME. (The lawsuit notes that Venit’s A-list shoppers have included Adam Sandler, Sylvester Stallone, Eddie Murphy, Casey Affleck, Brett Ratner, and Dustin Hoffman.) Crews mentioned he went over along with his spouse to introduce himself to Venit however that the agent solely stared at him “intently, like a rabid canine, sticking his tongue out and in of his mouth provocatively.” Crews mentioned that when he reached out to shake Venit’s hand, the agent as an alternative grabbed Crews’ genitals, squeezing them so onerous that it brought about him to leap again in ache. Crews mentioned Venit then repeated this groping a number of instances although Crews pushed him away and informed him to cease.
Crews mentioned he finally yelled out to Sandler, who was close by, saying “Adam, come get your boy! He’s grabbing my nuts!” Crews mentioned Sandler shook his head at Venit with disbelief. Crews mentioned he left the social gathering shortly after and Sandler known as him on his cell, asking if he was okay and for particulars of the incident. Crews mentioned Venit known as him the subsequent day and apologized, saying he was not himself.
However in addition to that apology, and although Crews reported the incident to his personal agent at WME, Crews mentioned he didn’t see the company take any motion towards Venit.
“It’s now time to carry Venit accountable for his sexual predatory conduct and to carry WME accountable for its conduct in condoning, ratifying and inspiring Venit’s sexual predatory conduct,” Crews’ lawsuit states. “A message must be despatched to these in energy who abuse these over whom they exert affect and management that abusive and sexual predatory conduct won’t be tolerated.”
Crews beforehand shared particulars of the groping on Twitter on Oct. 10 and filed a police report towards Venit a month later. WME responded to Crews’ allegations by conducting a two-week investigation into Venit and, on Oct. 24, the company suspended Venit with out pay for 30 days. He has since returned to work at WME, however was demoted from his position as head of the company’s movement image division.