Expendables actor Terry Crews says producer asked him to drop assault charges against Hollywood agent

The Associated Press

June 27, 2018 10:22:04 IST

Washington: Terry Crews says a film producer said he could only return to the Expendables franchise if he dropped his sexual assault lawsuit against a Hollywood agent. The actor said it was an example of how "abusers protect abusers."

Crews made the allegation on 26 June at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Sexual Assault Survivor Bill of Rights, which establishes rights for survivors of sexual assault.

Crews, who accused William Morris Endeavor talent agent Adam Venit of groping him at a party in 2017, was asked if there had been any retaliation for making the sexual assault allegation.

File image of Terry Crews. Twitter

File image of Terry Crews. Twitter

He said Expendables producer Avi Lerner asked that the actor drop his case in order to appear in the fourth installment of the action film and warned of "troubles" if it wasn't dropped. Crews has been in each of the previous films.

"Abusers protect abusers — and this is one thing I had to decide, whether I was going to draw the line on. Am I going to be a part of this or am I gonna take a stand, and there are projects I had to turn down," he said.

An email seeking comment from Lerner's Millennium Films was not immediately returned on the afternoon of 26 June.

Millennium Films is being sued for sexual harassment and gender discrimination by a former employee.

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office decided in March not to file charges against Venit, determining the allegations were not a felony. Crews has also filed a lawsuit against Venit.

Updated Date: Jun 27, 2018 10:22 AM