In light of the ongoing allegations against fallen film studio executive Harvey Weinstein, Terry Crews has detailed his encounter with sexual assault. The comedian-actor tweeted a thread Tuesday, Oct. 10 claiming that an unnamed executive groped his genitalia in front of his wife.
“I was going to kick his ass right then— but I thought twice about how the whole thing would appear, ” he wrote.
“240 lbs. Black Man Stomps Out Hollywood Honcho’ would be the headline the next day. … I decided not 2 take it further [because] I didn’t want [to be] ostracized — par [for] the course when the predator has power [and] influence. I let it go. And I understand why many women who this happens to let it go. Who’s going [to] believe you? (few) What r the repercussions?(many) Do [you] want [to] work again? (Yes) [Are] you prepared [to be] ostracized?(No).”
Actor Terry Crews details alleged sexual attack by another high level Hollywood Executive in front of his wife at a…
However, many online felt Crews should have pushed back.
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Some also questioned his masculinity.
A man doesn't let another man violate him like that. Terry Crews is more an actor than a man. At the very least I make a scene. F silence.
— TruthBeTold (@Big6domino) October 11, 2017
— Debbie (@HiItsDebbie) October 10, 2017
Others wanted to know when — if ever — Crews would call out his alleged assaulter by name.
Terry Crews is not brave. He won't name his attacker. He even has a witness, but is silent. Hasn't pressed charges either. Coward.
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) October 11, 2017
Still, many seemed to understand where the actor was coming from, both from a race point of view…
When discussing Terry Crews do not gloss over race. Remember that he mentions his fear as a BLACK man factoring in to his things would read.
— Siddharth Shiva (@SiddharthShiva) October 11, 2017
5)He would have been blamed either way. He's a BIG BLACK MAN they either would've arrested him for attacking or wouldn't have believe him if he told the name. ITS A LOSE LOSE (4/?)
— D'Mia (@dmiaburke) October 11, 2017
… and as a victim.
Ppl are saying that terry crews should say the predator's name.
You don't get to tell the victim how to report their assault.
— Ruthless🇳🇬 (@RuChiOhu) October 10, 2017
It’s important that we understand abuse can happen to anyone, including giant strong men like Terry Crews. It is never the victim’s fault.
— Philip Ellis (@Philip_Ellis) October 10, 2017