For the past year, actor and comedian, Terry Crews, has established himself as a strong and fearless advocate against sexual assault in the workplace. Presenting an additional aspect of the ongoing #MeToo movement, Crews revealed in October 2017 that he was groped at an industry event back in 2016. After time had passed, Crews revealed that the person who groped him was a Hollywood executive by the name of Adam Venit. Since then, Crews has sought to advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves and expose the backlash he has received since speaking his truth. Along the way, he’s delivered testimony in front of Congress and graced the pages of TIME Magazine as one of the “silence breakers” who were awarded TIME Person of the Year in 2017.
Despite delivering his testimony in various places, Crews has not been in direct contact with Venit since he revealed these allegations. This week, the wall of silence between the two was broken when Crews revealed that he has received an apology letter from the Hollywood executive. While Venit did not directly apologize for the specific incident, he did write, “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.” Venit added, “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.” Venit ended by writing, “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 has since stepped down from his executive role at WME and is in the process of settling a civil suit between himself and Crews.