NME Festival blog: Terry Crews sues Hollywood agent Adam Venit for alleged sexual assault

Actor Terry Crews has filed a lawsuit against Hollywood agent Adam Venit for alleged sexual assault.

Last month, the Brooklyn Nine-Nine star and former NFL player accused William Morris Endeavor (WME) agent Venit of groping him at a party in 2016, claiming that Adam Sandler had been present at the time. Venit represents stars such as Sandler, Emma Stone, Eddie Murphy, Diane Keaton and Russell Brand.

Venit was initially suspended by WME but has now returned to work. Following an internal investigation, Venit has been demoted from head of the agency’s motion picture group and will now serve simply as an agent.

Reports state that Crews has now filed a sexual assault lawsuit against Venit. In his lawsuit, Crews claims that he told Sandler about Venit’s alleged actions and says that Sandler called him on his way home from the party to check if he was okay.

Terry Crews

Terry Crews

Crews claims to have reported the alleged incident to his agent at the time, WME’s Brad Slater, as well as WME chairman Ari Emanuel, who alleged apologised to Crews. Crews parted ways with the agency last month after making his allegations against Venit public.

According to TMZ, Crews also claims that Venit himself called him and apologised for his actions that night, saying he wasn’t acting like himself.

Crews is now seeking monetary and punitive damages for assault, battery, sexual battery, sexual harassment, gender violence and intention infliction of emotional distress.

At the time of publishing, Venit has not publicly responded to the allegations.

  • For help, advice or more information regarding sexual harassment, assault and rape in the UK, visit the Rape Crisis charity website. In the US, visit RAINN.


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