Recent information coming to light about Harvey Weinstein and Hollywood’s problem with sexual harassment isn’t shocking, but as celebrities continue to share their statements it’s clear that this goes far further than one man, his company, or the women he abused.
Actor Terry Crews shared a personal story on Twitter Tuesday about being groped inappropriately by a powerful studio executive – and like the many women on the losing end of Weinstein’s power dynamics, he kept quiet.
Crews shared his story in a series of 16 tweets; The executive (whom he chose not to name) groped Crews at a function in 2016, and Crews didn’t respond immediately due to fear of how it would be construed. He spoke to other people who knew and had worked with this executive (who also phoned in an apology) and ultimately chose not to take action.
“I let it go,” Crews wrote. “And I understand why many women who this happens to let it go.” He noted that solidarity and whisper networks must be effectively in place for victims to speak out against powerful abusers, adding that Hollywood is far from the only industry with these systemic problems.
Here’s a closer look at the tweets, which are in reverse order because of the threading: