'All My Support Came From Black Women,' Says Actor Terry Crews
Crews said that, after revealing he was sexually assaulted by a Hollywood executive, Black women stood by him.
When actor Terry Crews revealed that he was the victim of sexual assault by a "high-level Hollywood executive," he said Black men shunned him, while Black women supported him.
The "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" actor and married father of five has said that talent agent Adam Venit grabbed his crotch in front of his wife at a Hollywood party in 2016.
Crews, a former NFL player, detailed in a series of tweets, in 2017, that he did not initially retaliate against Venit or speak out about what happened in fear of being ostracized. But he said he was encouraged to share his story in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Crews filed charges against Venit, and the lawsuit was settled in September.
In an interview that aired on Sunday, he shared that, during that time, he didn't receive much support from Black men, but Black women stood by him.
"To be honest with you, when it first happened, there was none [no support] for a long time," he said on Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live."
"The people who surprised me the most were Black women."
"Black men did not want any part of it," he continued. "All my support came from Black women. Straight up.
"That's kind of wild. It shocked me. It shocked my family.
"I thought, here I am as a Black man saying some things that we've all been through. A lot of guys were just like, 'Man, you weak. You sorry. You should have hit him. You should've knocked him out. You should have did all this stuff,'" he said.
In June, Crews testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, detailing his sexual assault experience. He was advocating for the expansion of the Sexual Assault Survivors' Bill of Rights.
In response, actor/rapper 50 Cent mocked him on Instagram. He posted a photo, showing Crews topless with the words "I got raped, my wife just watched" superimposed over it. And a second photo of Crews with a rose in his mouth and the words "Gym time."
"LOL, What the f*** is going on out here man?," 50 Cent wrote in the caption. "Terry: l froze in fear, they would have had to take me to jail. Get the strap."
Crews said, in regard to hitting Venit after the assault, "Black women were like, 'No, no, it doesn't work like that.'"
He added, "I was shocked at the split within my own community. It was deep."
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Williams is taking a stand to prevent the mistreatment of women of color by law enforcement.
Georgia State Sen. Nikema Williams, the first Black woman elected to lead the state's Democratic party, was jailed last year for just standing among protesters at the state Capitol. Williams is now taking a stand to prevent the mistreatment of women of color by law enforcement.
Michael Avenatti tweeted that he gave Chicago prosecutors "new critical video evidence."
It may not be the $120 million from the original settlement that is now in dispute, but it's still supporting his career.
CBS is paying for the office space that Les Moonves, who left the company in September amid sexual misconduct allegations, is using to build his two new businesses on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood.
Moon Rise Technologies, said, in a filing, that it planned to provide "streaming services and distribution," and Moon Rise Productions, said it planned to provide "film and television production" services.
The office building has no directory.
"We don't have a directory because our tenants don't want people to know they are here," a security guard on duty told The New York Times.
In light of the two alleged assaults, the second accuser is calling for Fairfax's resignation.
UPDATED: Feb. 8, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. EST
As the hashtag #IBelieveVanessa circulates on Twitter, in regard to Dr. Vanessa Tyson's claim that she was sexually assaulted by Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin E. Fairfax, another accuser has stepped forward.
Lawyers for Meredith Watson released a statement Friday saying that Fairfax raped her in 2000 while they were both Duke University students. Watson is calling for Fairfax's resignation.
Another woman is accusing Justin Fairfax of sexual assault. Meredith Watson says Fairfax raped her while they were students, according this tweet. https://t.co/6T0mKZprxG
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) February 8, 2019
Below is the statement:
We serve as counsel for Meredith Watson, who was raped by Justin Fairfax in 2000, while they were both students at Duke University. Mr. Fairfax's attack was premeditated and aggressive. The two were friends but never dated or had any romantic relationship.
Ms. Watson shared her account of the rape with friends in a series of emails and Facebook messages that are now in our possession. Additionally, we have statements from former classmates corroborating that Ms. Watson immediately told friends that Mr. Fairfax had raped her.
Ms. Watson was upset to learn that Mr. Fairfax raped at least one other woman after he attacked her. The details of Ms. Watson's attack are similar to those described by Dr. Vanessa Tyson.
At this time, Ms. Watson is reluctantly coming forward out of a strong sense of civic duty and her belief that those seeking or serving in public office should be of the highest character. She has no interest in becoming a media personality or reliving the trauma that has greatly affected her life. Similarly, she is not seeking any financial damages.
On behalf of our client, we have notified Justin Fairfax through his attorneys that Ms. Watson hopes he will resign from public office.
ORIGINAL STORY: Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax's Accuser, Vanessa Tyson, Gains Support
Dr. Vanessa Tyson, a fellow at Stanford University, an associate professor at Scripps College, and a founding member of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Survivor Speakers' Bureau, released a statement, detailing what she says was sexual assault by Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin E. Fairfax at the Democratic National Convention in Boston in 2004.
Tyson said she was prompted by her lawyers to make a statement after a conservative website, Big League Politics, published one of her private Facebook posts where she vented about Fairfax.
"Wait for the next big story to push this scandal out of the headlines," said Lemon. "It's a strategy that's worked for the president."
CNN host Don Lemon is calling the switch of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's stories something straight out of President Trump's playbook.
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During the Super Bowl, #ImWithKap was trending as many decided to point out the NFL's disregard for Colin Kaepernick.
Angela Davis, Ava DuVernay, Lena Waithe, Common, Steph Curry, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and more used social media to stand in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick on Super Bowl Sunday.
Former Obama cabinet secretary, Chris Lu, tweeted the sentiment right before the game started:
#ImWithKap is trending in USA. Because some things are more important than a game. pic.twitter.com/0tOsGdOM1z
— Chris Lu (@ChrisLu44) February 3, 2019
ImWithKap Jerseys were sported in many of the tweets as a continued sign of support.
Cardi B said she wasn't performing with Maroon 5, because someone "lost his job fighting for us."
Many boycotted the NFL and all of its Super Bowl coverage and events, including Ava DuVernay, who tweeted:
I will not be a spectator, viewer or supporter of the #SuperBowl today in protest of the @NFL's racist treatment of @Kaepernick7 and its ongoing disregard for the health + well-being of all its players. To watch the game is to compromise my beliefs. It's not worth it. #ImWithKap pic.twitter.com/fNEeke0crs
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) February 3, 2019
“I'm no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I'm changing the things I cannot accept" Dr. Angela Davis. #ImWithKap https://t.co/FobilXc7J0
— COMMON (@common) February 3, 2019
LeBron and KD both showing love to @Kaepernick7 on Super Bowl weekend pic.twitter.com/IuU7O8oOBY
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 2, 2019
Kaepernick thanked all for the support:
I can't explain how much it means to have the support of the Icon Angela Davis! She has laid the foundation for myself and many others to fight against anti-blackness, and has never wavered! We love and appreciate you! pic.twitter.com/do4AIRTHJR
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) February 2, 2019
Commissioner of the NFL Roger Goodell dodged questions about Kaepernick's status at a pre-game press conference. Kapernick has filed a grievance for collusion of the owners and executives to keep him off any team.
Maroon 5, who replaced all the artists who turned down the biggest performance stage in protest, did a show that weakly acknowledged the tension with a "One Love" light display by drones.
The lead singer, Adam Levine, defended the show, which featured rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi, and thanked critics "for always pushing us to do better." He included a list of words that he wrote down when asked to do the performance that included the word "kneel" near the bottom.