Terry Crews, an outspoken male voice of the #MeToo movement, has released an apology letter from the Hollywood agent who allegedly groped him.
Crews posted Adam Venit’s letter Friday on Twitter, noting that he received the apology in March but did not accept it until September 10, following Venit’s resignation from the William Morris Endeavor agency. He also tweeted, “#Accountability.”
@WME ‘s ADAM VENIT FULL APOLOGY LETTER:
Received: March 22nd, 2018
Accepted WITH HIS RESIGNATION: September 10th, 2018#Accountability
Read in full below: pic.twitter.com/Hbe4tu7UPL
— terrycrews (@terrycrews) September 14, 2018
As sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein began to surface, the Brooklyn Nine-Nine star tweeted last October, “This whole thing with Harvey Weinstein is giving me PTSD. Why? Because this kind of thing happened to ME.”
Crews later named his assaulter as Venit, a longtime WME talent agent. The Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor accused Venit of groping his genitals at a Hollywood party in February 2016 and filed a police report last November.
“I understand why many women who this happens to let it go,” the former NFL player tweeted, adding that he hoped his coming forward “will deter a predator and encourage someone who feels hopeless.”
While Venit’s apology does not directly reference the alleged groping incident, the former agent wrote, “I know that you didn’t ask for any of this. Again, I take responsibility for us being here now, together in this situation. I am sorry for all of it.”
This whole thing with Harvey Weinstein is giving me PTSD. Why? Because this kind of thing happened to ME. (1/Cont.)
— terrycrews (@terrycrews) October 10, 2017
“I believe positive light was always your motive and intention when you came out with your tweet,” Venit continued. “To help facilitate change and make a better world and a better business. I am coming to terms with myself as to why I behaved the way I have: fear, stress, and insecurity. These are all things that I’m working on.”
“I want to use this moment to be a positive influence with you and not just another Hollywood story that becomes the narrative of who we both are. We both are so much more and have so much more to offer. I even hope that someday we can come together and go forward with compassion and understanding, and be an amazing force for positivity and change in our culture.”
Venit leaves WME after previously stepping down as head of the agency’s motion picture department in response to the sexual assault accusation made by his former client. Venit was suspended for 30 days while the company investigated the claims and was eventually cleared of charges.
Crews filed a civil lawsuit, which is now in the process of being settled, Variety reports. Criminal charges against Venit were dismissed.