Actor Terry Crews says he was molested by a Hollywood executive

Crews claims to have been molested by a Hollywood mogul in front of his wife.

Actor Terry Crews arrives for the premiere of 'The Lego Ninjago Movie' in Los Angeles, California on 16 September, 2017. Picture: AFP

LOS ANGELES – American football star-turned-actor Terry Crews has claimed to have been molested by a Hollywood mogul in front of his wife.

The 49-year-old actor and former American football player has opened up about the alleged incident with an unnamed “high-level Hollywood executive”, saying he was inappropriately grabbed in front of his wife Rebecca.

In a series of Twitter posts, Terry - who admitted he decided to speak about the incident because of the sexual harassment allegations surrounding Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein - explained: “This whole thing with Harvey Weinstein is giving me PTSD. Why? Because this kind of thing happened to ME.

“My wife and I were at a Hollywood function last year n a high-level Hollywood executive came over 2 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.

“I was going to kick his ass right then - but I thought twice about how the whole thing would appear.

“‘240 lbs. Black Man stomps out Hollywood Honcho’ would be the headline the next day.

“Only I probably wouldn’t have been able to read it because I WOULD HAVE BEEN IN JAIL. So we left.

“That night and the next day I talked to everyone I knew that worked with him about what happened.

“He called me the next day with an apology but never really explained why he did what he did. (sic)”

Despite his outrage, Terry decided against taking the matter further - which he claimed was a typical response in Hollywood circles to such behaviour.

His tweets continued: “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. becuz I didn’t want 2b ostracized-- par 4 the course when the predator has power n influence.

“I let it go. And I understand why many women who this happens to let it go.

“Who’s going 2 believe you? ( few) What r the repercussions? (many) Do u want 2 work again? (Yes) R you prepared 2b ostracized?(No)

“I love what I do. But it’s a shame and the height of disappointment when someone tries to takes advantage of that.

“He knows who he is. But sumtimes Uhav2 wait & compare notes w/ others who’ve been victimized in order 2gain a position of strength.

“I understand and empathize with those who have remained silent. But Harvey Weinstein is not the only perpetrator.

“Hollywood is not the only business we’re this happens, and to the casualties of this behavior-- you are not alone.

“Hopefully, me coming forward with my story will deter a predator and encourage someone who feels hopeless. (sic)”