Terry Crews explains why sexual assault victims don't come forward sooner

Published: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 @ 4:58 PM

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Actor and former NFL player Terry Crews sat down for an interview to detail an alleged sexual assault by Hollywood talent agent Adam Venit, and use the platform to say why he waited nearly two years to come forward.

According to Crews's allegation, which was made publicly in a Twitter on Oct. 10, Venit groped him when Crews extended his hand for a handshake while at at an event with his wife, Rebecca King-Crews, in February 2016.

He declined to name the agent at the time, but during a Nov. 15 interview, he detailed the incident.

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Venit, the head of the motion picture department of William Morris Endeavor, was only known to Crews as the representative for Adam Sandler, Eddie Murphy and Sylvester Stalone.

While at the event, Crews said Venit made a suggestive gesture with his tongue before groping him.

“I stick my hand out and he literally takes his hand and puts it, squeezes my genitals. And I jump back like, ‘Hey, hey!’ … I go, ‘Dude, what are you doing? And then he comes back again and he just won’t stop. And then I really got forceful, pushed him back, he bumps into all the other party-goers and he starts giggling and laughing.

“I have never felt more emasculated, more objectified. I was horrified.”

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Crews credited his wife for calming him down and giving him perspective.

As for why he waited so long before speaking out, Crews said he was worried no one would believe him. It took women coming forward with allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein for him to feel empowered to say something.

“He looked at me at the end, you know, as if (to say), ‘Who’s going to believe you?’” Crews said of Venit.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Terry Crews attends SAG-AFTRA Foundation Patron of the Artists Awards at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts 2017 on November 9, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)(Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

“When a person of power breaks that boundary and violates that boundary, you’re a prisoner of war,” Crews said. “Immediately, you’re in a camp because you’re trying to figure out when is the right time to come out? When the guard turns their head? When they leave a door open? You’re digging tunnels with spoons and you’re trying to find a way out, and you get out and then you finally find freedom and somebody says, ‘Well, it must not be that bad. You should’ve came out sooner.’

“A lot of people just don’t understand and they end up blaming the victim,” Crews continued. “And I have totally said I will not be shamed. I will not be shamed. I did nothing wrong. Nothing.”

Crews also took those who blame victims to task for questioning those who have been sexually harassed or assaulted.

“Why isn’t Adam Venit sitting here right now explaining his side?” Crews asked.

Deadline reported Monday that Venit returned to his desk after a 30-day suspension during which WME investigated Crews’s allegations against him. He is still able to serve as an agent, but does not have the title as the head of the agency’s Motion Picture Group.

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‘Real Housewives’ star Luann de Lesseps arrested for battery on a cop, disorderly intoxication 

Published: Sunday, December 24, 2017 @ 10:31 AM

WATCH: ‘Real Housewives’ Star Arrested for Battery on a Cop

UPDATE, Dec. 25: 

Luann de Lesseps, 52 and a star of “The Real Housewives of New York City,”  will be released without bond from Palm Beach County Jail, a judge ruled Sunday.

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De Lesseps slammed a door and kicked at least one police officer, said an assistant state’s attorney.

“I’m going to kill you all,” the state’s attorney said De Lesseps told people prior to her arrest.

De Lesseps, who has no prior offenses, will be allowed to go back to New York, Judge Ted Booras ruled.

Booras, acknowledging De Lesseps’ celebrity, said she should hire a criminal defense attorney from Palm Beach, Florida, instead of ignoring the charges.

“I don’t think it would be that hard to find you,” he said.

De Lesseps was advised by Booras not to incriminate herself and respond to him when he said she might have a drinking problem.

“Don’t say anything,” he told the reality star.

ORIGINAL STORY, Dec. 24: 

Luann de Lesseps, a Real Housewives of New York City reality starwas arrested by Palm Beach police Sunday morning.

The 52-year-old was arrested on charges of battery on an officer, disorderly intoxication, resisting arrest with violence and crimes against a person.

She was taken to Palm Beach County Jail at 1:25 a.m.

Luann de Lesseps of "The Real Housewives of New York" was arrested by Palm Beach, Florida, police Dec. 24.(Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office)

De Lesseps is a former wife of Count Alexandre de Lesseps and retained the French royal title after their 2009 divorce until her remarriage in 2016. She was married to Tom D’Agostino Jr. until earlier this year.

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‘Real Housewives’ star Luann de Lesseps heading to rehab after arrest

Published: Friday, December 29, 2017 @ 4:03 PM

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“The Real Housewives of New York” star  Luann de Lesseps is heading to rehab after after her arrest in Palm Beach, Florida, last weekend.

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De Lesseps, 52, announced on Twitter Friday afternoon that’s she’s voluntarily checking into an alcohol treatment center.

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In an apology, de Lesseps told her followers she was embarrassed by what occurred. Police said de Lesseps was drunk when she slammed a door in the face of an officer and told other officers she was going to kill them.

De Lesseps apologized a day after her arrest on her Twitter account and said it was her first time on the island since her wedding with Tom D’Agostino Jr. at The Brazilian Court Hotel last New Year’s Eve.

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During her first appearance at Palm Beach County Jail on Sunday, Judge Ted Booras told de Lesseps to stop drinking because she might have a problem.

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’Young and the Restless’ actor Corey Sligh convicted of child molestation in Georgia

Published: Thursday, July 12, 2018 @ 5:54 PM

Soap Opera Actor Convicted of Child Molestation

A Georgia soap opera actor was convicted of child molestation nearly two years after the allegations first surfaced, according to Cherokee County court records. 

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Corey Seth Sligh, 30, was convicted on one count of molesting a child younger than 10. Sligh previously appeared on the CBS soap opera, "The Young and the Restless."(Cherokee Sheriff’s Office)

A jury convicted Corey Seth Sligh of one count of child molestation and cleared him on another count last month, records showed. Sligh has not been sentenced, yet.

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Sligh, a Canton resident, was first arrested in October 2016 after parents of the victim, who was under the age of 10, reported the molestation. According to a police report, the molestation took place between April and September of that year. The parents reported the incident Sept. 24, 2016.

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Nearly a month after his arrest in that case, officials in Walton County, Florida, arrested Sligh on similar charges. He has yet to go to trial in that case. 

Sligh allegedly touched another girl under 10 while she was vacationing with her family on Rosemary Beach in June and July of 2016, according to the Northwest Florida Daily News, which cited an arrest warrant. The girl also told authorities Sligh forced her to touch him inappropriately.

Authorities were notified of that incident in September 2016. Sligh was ordered to wear an ankle monitor following that arrest. 

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Sligh was an extra on the long-running CBS soap opera, “The Young and the Restless,” online entertainment site TMZ reported.  Sligh also appeared in a short-lived TV series, “All About Lizzie,” according to his IMDb page.

 

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Oprah ‘impressed’ with True Food Kitchen; invests in healthy restaurant chain

Published: Thursday, July 12, 2018 @ 3:53 PM

Oprah Winfrey attends the European Premiere of 'A Wrinkle In Time' at BFI IMAX on March 13, 2018 in London, England. The humanitarian and media mogul is investing in a chain of healthy food restaurants.
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Oprah Winfrey attends the European Premiere of 'A Wrinkle In Time' at BFI IMAX on March 13, 2018 in London, England. The humanitarian and media mogul is investing in a chain of healthy food restaurants.(John Phillips/Getty Images)

Oprah Winfrey is expanding her portfolio, investing in a health-focused restaurant chain. 

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The media mogul has partnered with True Food Kitchen as a shareholder. She is joining the company’s board of directors, which already includes health guru and celebrity doctor Andrew Weil.

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The Phoenix-based business, which has 23 locations across 10 states, believes “delicious dining and conscious nutrition can go hand in hand, without sacrificing flavor, creativity or indulgence,” according to its website.

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When Winfrey visited a Palo Alto, California, location last year, she said she was “impressed.”

“When I first dined at True Food Kitchen, I was so impressed with the team's passion for healthy eating and, of course, the delicious food, that I knew I wanted to be part of the company's future,” Winfrey said in a press release.

This isn’t the first time Winfrey has invested in food-related ventures.

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In 2015, she bought a 10 percent stake in Weight Watchers International, Inc., and she launched a line of soups with Kraft Heinz called O That’s Good! last year. 

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