Crews says he was groped by ‘Hol­ly­wood exec’

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The sex­ual ha­rass­ment scan­dal sur­round­ing pro­ducer Har­vey We­in­stein is bring­ing back bad mem­o­ries for movie tough guy Terry Crews be­cause he was also “groped” by a Hol­ly­wood ex­ec­u­tive.

The Ex­pend­ables star opened up about his own ex­pe­ri­ences with sex­ual as­sault in a se­ries of Twit­ter posts, when he of­fered up his thoughts on the decades of in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­iour re­port­edly dis­played by Har­vey to­wards a num­ber of ac­tresses, in­clud­ing An­gelina Jolie, Gwyneth Pal­trow, Ash­ley Judd, and Mira Sorvino, who have all pub­licly called out We­in­stein’s bad be­hav­iour fol­low­ing the ini­tial New York Times ex­pose pub­lished last week.

“This whole thing with Har­vey We­in­stein is giv­ing me PTSD,” Crews be­gan. “Why? Be­cause this kind of thing hap­pened to ME.

“My wife n I were at a Hol­ly­wood func­tion last year n a high level Hol­ly­wood ex­ec­u­tive came over 2 me and groped my pri­vates (sic),” he con­tin­ued. “Jump­ing back I said What are you do­ing?! My wife saw ev­ery­thing n we looked at him like he was crazy. He just grinned like a jerk... I was go­ing to kick his ass right then – but I thought twice about how the whole thing would ap­pear (in the press).”

In­stead, Crews and his wife Re­becca KingCrews de­cided to leave the party, be­cause the former foot­ball play­er­turned-ac­tor didn’t want to do some­thing he would live to re­gret.

The in­dus­try ex­ec­u­tive, who was not iden­ti­fied, ended up call­ing Crews and apol­o­giz­ing the fol­low­ing day, “But never re­ally ex­plained why he did what he did.” Crews con­fesses he kept the rude en­counter a se­cret be­cause he didn’t want to risk los­ing his ca­reer, and be­cause of his own ex­pe­ri­ence with leery Hol­ly­wood bosses, he sym­pa­thizes with other fe­male vic­tims of sex­ual as­sault or ha­rass­ment. “I de­cided not 2 take it fur­ther be­cuz I didn’t want 2b os­tra­cized — par 4 the course when the preda­tor has power n in­flu­ence (sic),” he con­tin­ued. “I let it go. And I un­der­stand why many women who this hap­pens to let it go.”

He isn’t the only ac­tor to fall vic­tim to sex­ual ha­rass­ment in Hol­ly­wood — co­me­dian Rob Sch­nei­der also claims he en­dured a dis­turb­ing meet­ing early on in his ca­reer with a fa­mous male direc­tor, who greeted him at the door in a bathrobe and then hu­mil­i­ated him.

“He’s ask­ing me to crawl on the ground and crawl to­wards him,” Sch­nei­der re­called to TMZ.

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