Terry Crews Sues WME and Agent Adam Venit Over Assault Allegations


Last month, the Brooklyn Nine-Nine star and former National Football League 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.

The lawsuit, first reported by TMZ and confirmed by Variety, repeats Crews' claim that Venit groped his genitals and also says Venit stuck "his tongue in and out of his mouth provocatively". Crews said he left the party shortly after and Sandler called him on his cell, asking if he was okay and for details of the incident. The actor met with chairman Ari Emanuel, who he says explained that WME didn't have a policy in place to deal with such a situation. Crews said Venit then repeatedly this groping several times despite the fact that Crews pushed him away and told him to stop. "He's grabbing my nuts".

"Notwithstanding Adam Sandler's apology, Venit's sexual assault had an immediate negative impact on Crews in addition to the actual pain it caused, " it reads.

His lawsuit states: "It is now time to hold Venit accountable for his sexual predatory behaviour and to hold WME accountable for its conduct in condoning, ratifying and encouraging Venit's sexual predatory behaviour".

Venit, who represents A-list celebrities like Casey Affleck, Dustin Hoffman, Sylvester Stallone and Eddie Murphy, then inexplicably grabbed Crews, prompting the actor to yell out to Adam Sandler: "Adam, come get your boy!" Venit reportedly called Crews the next day and apologised.

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Crews revealed this story in a series of tweets, after which he terminated his contract with WME.

"Given the history of inaction by WME and the retaliatory actions that have occurred and likely will occur, Crews had no choice [but] to bring this action to protect himself and to stand up for all victims of sexual predators", writes Sullivan.

The actor is suing for assault, battery, sexual battery, sexual harassment, gender violence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence and negligent retention and supervision.

WME has not yet replied to a request for comment.