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Terry Crews names alleged sexual assaulter: 'I will not be shamed'

Wednesday - 15/11/2017 21:10
Crews said he went public with the alleged incident after multiple women came forward to accuse now-disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct.
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Terry Crews publicly named for the first time the high-powered talent agent he claims groped him at an industry party and said he would "not be shamed" about the alleged assault.

"Back in February 2016, I was assaulted by Adam Venit, who is head of the motion picture department at William Morris Endeavor, one of the biggest agencies in the world, period," Crews, 49, said today on "Good Morning America." "He's connected to probably everyone I know in the business ... I did not know this man. I have never had a conversation with him, ever."

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Venit has represented stars such as Adam SandlerEddie MurphySylvester StalloneDiane KeatonLiam Hemsworth and Steve Martin.

PHOTO: Host Adam Venit speaks onstage at the OF BY FOR Awards presented by Represent.Us, on Oct. 27, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Charley Gallay/Getty Images)

Crews was with his wife, Rebecca King-Crews, at the party last year when, he claims, Venit began making moves with his tongue at him.

"I'm looking like, 'Is this a joke?' ... It was actually so bizarre," Crews said. "He comes over to me. I stick my hand out, and he literally takes his hand and puts it and squeezes my genitals. I jump back like, 'Hey, hey.'"

Crews continued, "And he's still licking his tongue out and all this stuff, and I go, 'Dude, what are you doing? What are you doing?' and then he comes back again. He just won't stop."

Crews claims he then pushed Venit away from him, causing Venit to bump into other partygoers.

"I have never felt more emasculated, more objectified. I was horrified," Crews said. "It's so bizarre. I wake up every morning wondering, 'Did this really happen?'"

Venit did not respond to requests for comment from ABC News.

William Morris Endeavor told ABC News, "Adam Venit was suspended following the internal investigation into the matter."

Crews filed a police report Nov. 8 claiming to be a victim of a crime.

"People need to be held accountable," he said. "This is the deal about Hollywood. It is an abuse of power. This guy, again, he's one of the most powerful man in Hollywood, and he looked at me at the end as if, 'Who is going to believe you?'"

An LAPD spokesperson confirmed that Crews met with officers on Nov. 8 but would not elaborate on the nature of the meeting.

Crews, a star of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," fired William Morris as his agency one day after he filed the police report.

PHOTO: Terry Crews speaks out on 'Good Morning America' about an alleged incident in which he says a 'high-level Hollywood executive' groped him at a party. (ABC)

He went public with his account last month in a series of tweets, at the time identifying Venit only as "a high level Hollywood executive."

Crews said in one tweet that Venit called him to apologize but "never really explained why he did what he did."

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