By Ryan Velez
In his recent story of s*xual harassment, Terry Crews mentioned that he stayed silent out of fear for his career, but even with a lawsuit filed against William Morris Endeavor and its employee, Adam Venit, Crews shows no signs of letting his career stall out. The Root reports that he has found a new talent agency to represent him, United Talent Agency.
The lawsuit Crews filed is against WME, Venit, and 25 other unnamed defendants alleging assault, battery, s*xual battery, s*xual harassment, gender violence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, and negligent retention and supervision.
According to our past coverage of the case, “In the lawsuit, covered by TMZ, Crews states Venit stared at him, “like a rabid dog, sticking his tongue in and out of his mouth provocatively.” Crews said after the assault, he turned to Adam Sandler, who was also in attendance and said, “Adam, come get your boy! He’s grabbing my nuts.”
Crews said later that evening, on his way home, Sandler called him and asked if he was alright. Crews said he was surprised to be molested at 48-years-old. Crews said Sandler said he was shocked by Venit’s behavior. The next day, Crews says he called his agent, also at WME, and told him the story. Hours later, Venit called Crews and apologized saying that he was not himself that evening.
Crews also met with WME chairman Ari Emanuel who apologized for Venit’s behavior. Crews told Emanuel that he feared retaliation. Emanuel told him that Venit “did not have that level of power despite his title as head of the Motion Picture Department.”
Despite the story being national news after Crews revealed what took place in a series of tweets on October 10th, Venit got off relatively easily, not only not immediately addressing the incident, but allowing Venit to return to work after a 30-day suspension. Even taking the harassment out of the equation, it’s hard to think an agency is really about representing you as a client in the face of that kind of behavior. One can only hope that Crews gets proper legal restitution for what he had to go through, and that he is able to continue his career and feel protected while working with UTA.