Amidst the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal, Terry Crews was inspired by the slew of celebrities sharing their stories of sexual harassment and assault to open up about his own traumatizing experience at the hands of a Hollywood executive.
Having declined to expose the executive by name, the Brooklyn 99 star has now filed a police report with the Los Angeles Police Department, saying "people have to be held accountable."
Speaking with TMZ, Crews said he would also file a civil lawsuit against the "high level Hollywood executive" who groped him. "We're going to go all the way, said Crews."
The story Crews shared on Twitter last month happened last year at a "Hollywood function." Crews wrote that "a high level executive came over to me and groped my privates. Jumping back, I said, 'What are you doing?!' My wife saw everything and we looked at him like he was crazy. He just grinned like a jerk."
Crews explained why, at the time, he decided not to fight back—physically or legally.
"I was going to kick his ass right then—but I thought twice about how the whole thing would appear."
The actor imagined the headlines he would have seen the next day: "240 lbs. Black Man stomps out Hollywood Honcho," he explained. "Only I probably wouldn't have been able to read it because I WOULD HAVE BEEN IN JAIL."
Crews and his wife instead left the function.
Although he had feared the repercussions of pressing charges, Crews said he did talk to "everyone [he knew] about what happened." After the exec called him with an apology, Crews said he "decided not to 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," said Crews. "And I understand why many women who this happens to let it go... I love what I do. But it's a shame and the height of disappointment when someone tries to take advantage of that."
But that wasn't the end of the story. Crews concluded his tweets in October by saying that "sometimes you have to wait and compare notes with others who've been victimized in order to gain a position of strength."
For Crews, that moment is now, as he begins the process of a civil and criminal lawsuit against his perpetrator. So far, the executive has not been named, although early reports are claiming the exec is Adam Venit.
Crews had hoped to send a message to all the "casualties of this behavior" that "you are not alone."
"Hopefully, me coming forward with my story will deter a predator and encourage someone who feels hopeless."
Now that he's in the news again over his story of sexual assault, Twitter's making sure to send him a renewed message of support.