Terry Crews recently called out comedian D.L. Hughley for mocking comments the latter made some months back about Crews’ alleged sexual assault.
Hughley, 55, was on VLAD TV last August when he was asked his opinion on Crews’ #MeToo experience that made headlines in 2018.
Crews, 50, had previously accused Adam Venit, one of Hollywood’s top agents who was also the head of the motion picture department at William Morris Endeavor, of groping him at a party in 2016.
Although Venit denied all the allegations, the “Deadpool 2” star filed a lawsuit against him and dropped WME as his agency.
In March 2018, prosecutors decided not to charge Venit for the alleged assault because the matter was beyond the statute of limitations for misdemeanors.
Since going public with his #MeToo experience, Crews has become an outspoken advocate for the movement and continues to speak out against toxic masculinity and the evils of doubting or blaming sexual assault victims.
He has received backlash for his stand on many occasions, and Hughley’s comments were no exception. The comedian appeared to question Crews’ claims and undermine the #MeToo movement in one breath:
“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. I don’t understand. I think that now everybody’s so into this notion that, ‘It happened to me to me too.’ Hey, [expletive], God gave you muscles so you could say no and mean it.”
It’s not clear whether Crews just came across the clip or chose not to speak about it until now, but on Sunday, the muscular actor shared the clip on Twitter and asked directly:
“@RealDLHughley You told the world ‘God Gave Me Muscles So I Could Say No...’ Are you implying I ‘wanted’ to be sexually assaulted? I’m listening, sir.”
But the “Soul Plane” actor only responded: “You saw the video!”
Crews tweeted again: “Sir you said I should have pushed him back, or restrained him and I DID ALL THOSE THINGS ... but you act like I didn’t.”
This time, Hughley replied, implying the actor did not do enough to ward off Venit:
“That’s different than slapping the [expletive] outa him.”
Crews then released a lengthy explanation about how he used to respect Hughley but now sees him as someone who finds it “extremely easy to get jokes at someone else expense.”
Afterward, the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star also called out rapper 50 Cent, entertainment mogul Russell Simmons, and activist Tariq Nasheed for mocking his experience.
“You @50cent @unclerush and @tariqnasheed have decided my sexual assault was hilarious, whereas there are a whole generation of black women and men who don’t think it’s funny,” wrote Crews. “ABUSERS PROTECT ABUSERS, but they MOCK SURVIVORS as well. When you see me, keep it moving.”
Meanwhile, Hughley has been known to make some controversial comments in the past. During the same VLAD interview in August, he dragged Magic Johnson’s son, EJ, over his preference for feminine clothes.
Last September, he also appeared to protest the sentencing of Bill Cosby by comparing him to Supreme Court Justice, Brett Kavanaugh, who was also accused of sexual assault.
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