Terry Crews has taken further legal action against the Hollywood agent he says groped him.
TMZ reports that Crews is suing WME agent Adam Venit for sexual assault stemming from an incident at an industry party last year where Venit allegedly grabbed Crews’s genitals more than once without his consent. Crews reported the incident to the LAPD last month. In his lawsuit, Crews describes Venit’s alleged behavior that night as akin to a “rabid dog, sticking his tongue in and out of his mouth provocatively.” Crews claims that Adam Sandler, a client of Venit’s whom Crews notified of the incident at the party, checked on Crews after he left; Crews told Sandler he was “surprised he got molested at age 48.”
In the lawsuit, Crews says Venit stared at him “like a rabid dog, sticking his tongue in and out of his mouth provocatively.” Crews said after the alleged assault he pushed Venit away, and turned to Adam Sandler yelling, “Adam, come get your boy! He’s grabbing my nuts.” Crews says on his way home from the event Adam Sandler called and asked if he was ok, and Crews responded that he was surprised he got molested at age 48. He says Sandler expressed shock at Venit’s behavior.
He says the next day he called his agent at William Morris Endeavor — the same agency where Venit works — telling him of the alleged assault. A few hours later, Crews says Venit called him and apologized, claiming he was just not himself that night.
Crews says he met with WME’s chairman Ari Emanuel, who apologized for Venit’s behavior. Crews says he told Emanuel he feared retaliation, but Emanuel said Venit “did not have that level of power despite his title as head of the Motion Picture Department.”
Crews says he’s suffered psychologically and says he has never felt more emasculated and objectified. He says he worries about Venit’s power in the industry and hurting his career.
Considering Adam is already back to work at WME following a brief suspension, this might be Terry’s best way of holding him accountable for his actions.