Terry Crews details alleged sexual assault by Hollywood talent agent

"Back in February 2016, I was assaulted by Adam Venit," Crews told ABC News. "I did not know this man. I have never had a conversation with him, ever."
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Michael Strahan and the Terry crews interview. Sexual assault is a crime. It is a crime. You cannot violate a person's personal boundaries. Reporter: Terry crews, the former NFL linebacker turned actor. Adding his voice to the tidal wave of people sharing their claims of sexual assault in Hollywood. And people say, wow, man, you should just laugh it off, forget it. No, I'm not going to forget it. Reporter: Crews known for his comedic macho roles on "Brooklyn 99." I just happen to be a great person who's naturally beloved by all. Reporter: Or the old spice pitchman. I want to study your manliness! Reporter: He says his tough guy persona didn't prevent him from becoming the victim of a powerful man. I was sexually assaulted by Adam Bennett, who was the head of the motion picture department at William Morris endeavor. Reporter: February of 2016, crews says he and the Hollywood super agent Adam vent were at the same party. Venet has represented some of Hollywood's biggest names. Liam Hemsworth. Emma stone. Sill advice store Stallone. Eddie Murphy. Adam Sandler. You're talking about a very, very powerful man who has access to studio heads, what they do affects every part of the business from producers, writers, actors, they own finance companies, the whole thing -- did you know him before the party? I did not know him. I heard of him. We had never, ever even had a conversation, okay? So I just heard -- actually, I was actually looking forward to meeting him. Reporter: Instead of a professional meet and greet, crews claimed Vinet leared at him from across the room. He looked me in my eyes, sticking his tongue out, overtly, sexually, to me. It was no mistake that this was a sexual-type tongue move. And I'm going -- I'm thinking it's a joke, I'm thinking is this how this guy breaks the ice? I don't understand what this is. Reporter: Confused, crews said he reached out to shake his hand. I reached my hand out and he takes his right hand and under mine, immediately squeezes, grabs my genitals. And just -- I'm yelping, hey, hey! Whoa! And he goes -- and he still -- and he jumps back and he still does this tongue stuff. And he's making weird noises. And he comes back again. And grabs me again. And I stop his hand, pushed him back more forcefully. I'm like, what are you doing? Reporter: According to crews the alleged groping happened in front of his wife, Rebecca king crews. She confirmed her husband's account to ABC news. So she's witnessing the entire thing? She's witnessing the whole thing. And we're just -- I cannot -- I can't even begin to describe to you how bizarre this is. Again, it's so bizarre. I wake up every morning like, is this a bad dream? Did this really happen? Because a lot of people will look and go, here he is, former NFL linebacker, 6'3", 240 pounds. Just muscles everywhere. How could he be assaulted? That plays into the total stereotype of black men, that we have to be violent. Reporter: Crews said his wife's calming influence prevented the incident from escalating. I felt nothi but rage. Rage, Mike. But my wife prepared me. She said, Terry, you cannot handle these kind of things with violence. You can't hit back. If you hit people and if you do this stuff, you're going to be under the jail. Reporter: Also at the party, crews says, was Adam Sandler. One of Vinet's clients and crews' costar in the movie "Blended." I would like to welcome you to our fourth annual blended family! I went immediately to Adam sand 11, Adam, come get your boy. Something's wrong. Did Adam see any of this? First of all, Adam was talking to someone else. He looks over and he sees Vinet giggling and laughing. He's like -- I said, dude, he grabs my genitals. Adam's like what? We're still trying to contemplate what this is. Reporter: Adam Sandler did not return our request for comment about the alleged incident last year. Crews said he abruptly left the party. You're in the car. What's that conversation like in the car? I couldn't talk. Because you just keep replaying it. Keep replaying it. Like, did this happen? What in the world? And then you want to go back. You want to stop the car and turn around. You want to get this guy. And you know what? The thing that calmed me down, my wife kept grabbing my arm. Shsaid, I'm proud of you. Mike -- I'm telling you, man -- I know how close I came to losing it all. Just when you get emasculated like that, and when I tell you the way he look the at me, the way he giggled, it was one of those things where he was like, hey, man, no one's ever going to believe you. Did you think it was a way of him maybe exercising power? It was. First of all, this whole thing, from Weinstein to all what's happening in Hollywood, is about an abuse of power. An abuse of the position you have. And what happens is, they have fooled everyone into thinking it was part of the job. Reporter: While he didn't go public with the alleged incident, crews insists he sounded the alarm immediately. I told my agent at the agency. I told my manager. Adam. Reporter: Crews says Adam Sandler called him right after the party. Adam called me on the way home from the event to apologize -- That same night? That same night because it was that traumatic. You understand? When I left he was like, oh, man, I'm sorry, I'm sorry. I understand something really, really bad went down. And I'm going, this is crazy. Reporter: The next day, he gets another call. I get a call from my agent saying that Vinet's going to call you. I get a call, it's him on the line. I'm sorry, I was drunk, I wasn't myself that night. And I said, hey, man, you got to understand the depth of what you did. In front of my wife. I said, you don't even know how close you got to really being hurt. And I said, you need some help. You need to go get help. And he was like, yeah, okay. Was it sincere did you feel? No, no. Like when people are sorry because they got caught. Reporter: At the time crews himself was represented by the same agency, William Morris endeavor. For over a year he remained publicly silent. But shortly after the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke, he tweeted, this whole thing with Harvey Weinstein is giving me PTSD, why, because this kind of thing happened to me. Adding a high-level Hollywood executive came over to me and groped my privates. When I tweeted, I didn't mention the name. I didn't mention anybody. But what happened was, I started getting calls from the agency. Hey, hey, what's going on, is everything okay? No, it's not okay. I been waiting a year. And I haven't heard anything. What happened with him? Where is his accountability? And I'm sitting here and it's a year later. What have you done? I paid William Morris endeavor 10% of everything I made for the last 15 years. I did not deserve to get molested. Reporter: Since going public, crews filed a police report. TMZ captured leaving an LAPD office last week. Why did you decide to file the police report today? Oh, because you know, people have to be held accountable. No I understand that. Are you planning to file a lawsuit as well? Uh -- yeah. Yeah? Yep. We're going to go all the way. Reporter: Law enforcement sources confirm to ABC's station KABC that Vinet was named as crews' alleged harasser on the report. I have been victimized but I have made the choice to not be a victim. Reporter: Terry crews said he ended herewith relationship with the agency last week. William Morris endeavor tells ABC news that Vinet has been suspended following the internal investigation into the matter. Vinet himself declined to comment. Do you think this has hurt your career, coming out? I don't know. I don't know. But this is what I have to say. I've learned a long time ago to always do the right thing and the universe takes care of me. That's the deal. You might have $400 million in cash. But I'd rather have $400 million in influence, honor is the way you have to do it. You have to have honor. If I can't do it with honor, what's the point? This is the deal, Weinstein's money ain't helping him now. Kevin spacey's money is not helping him right now. That's the deal. It's all disappearing. If you have honor, that's something no one can take away from you. Reporter: Crews hopes that going public will force Hollywood to change. It's like cutting a tree down by the leaves. Because once that leaf is gone, the root is still there. We have got to battle at the root. Hollywood doesn't even get the morals to its own movies. That's what's so crazy. Reporter: This Hollywood strongman, stronger than ever. I mean, man, it's the emancipation proclamation. Everyone's trfree now. Everyone's free. It's like a huge sigh of relief. You cannot violate any boundaries anymore. Life has no limits but it should have plenty boundary. Reporter: For "Nightline" I'm Michael Strahan in New York. Our thanks to Michael. Wme telling us they launched an investigation as soon as they were made aware of the situation in October of this year, adding that the investigation resulted in Adam Vinet being suspended without pay and demoted from his position as head of the motion picture department.

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