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‘I “wanted” to be sexually assaulted?’: Terry Crews slams comedian’s comments

‘I “wanted” to be sexually assaulted?’: Terry Crews slams comedian’s comments

Terry Crews closeup shot he is looking up to his right and is smiling

Actor Terry Crews has hit back at comedian D.L. Hughley for his comments about Crews’ alleged sexual assault.

Crews first revealed he was sexually assaulted in 2017 through a Twitter thread.

Though Crews did not name the man who allegedly touched his genitals at an industry party, it was eventually revealed to be Hollywood agent Adam Venit. Last year, Crews released the apology letter Venit sent him.

Now, Crews’ trauma is being dragged up again in the form of a 2018 interview Hughley gave.

While speaking to Vlad TV in August 2018, the interviewer asked Hughley what he thought of ‘the whole Terry Crews things’.

‘I think it’s hard for me to think that a dude with all those muscles can’t tell an agent to not touch his ass,’ Hughley responded.

He continued: ‘I don’t understand. I think that now everybody’s so into this notion that, “It happened to me too.” Hey, motherfucker, God gave you muscles so you could say no and mean it.’

He also spoke about not being ‘sexy enough’ for gay men to hit on him.

On Sunday (27 January), Crews posted the interview on Twitter and called out Hughley for his comments.

‘Are you implying I “wanted” to be sexually assaulted? I’m listening, sir…’ he wrote.

Courage and compassion

The pair had a heated exchange on Twitter, in which Hughley would not deny that he thinks Crew could have prevented the alleged assault from happening.

Terry Crews and DL Hughley's exchange
Terry Crews and DL Hughley’s exchange | Photo: Twitter @terrycrews

Following this, Crews wrote a brief thread about people’s attitudes towards abusers and victims.

Crews' thread about people's attitudes towards abusers and victims
Crews’ thread about people’s attitudes towards abusers and victims | Photo: Twitter @terrycrews
Crews' thread about people's attitudes towards abusers and victims
Crews’ thread about people’s attitudes towards abusers and victims (cont) | Photo: Twitter @terrycrews

Last year, both 50 Cent and Russell Simmons mocked Crews for his story of sexual assualt.

Many people, including Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter Bernice King, tweeted in support of Crews.

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