“Venit, upon his first meeting Crews, viciously grabbed Crews’ penis and testicles so hard that it caused Crews immediate pain in a blatant and unprovoked sexual assault,” Crews’s attorney Bryan Sullivan wrote in the suit.
Crews initially came forward publicly with the allegations in a Twitter thread in October. He filed a police report with the Los Angeles Police Department in Nov. 8, according to ABC News.
“People have to be held accountable,” he told paparazzi outside the department. When asked if he had plans to sue, he said, “We’re going to go all the way.”
Crews did not name Venit in his tweets on Oct. 10, instead referring to him as “a high level Hollywood executive.”
“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,” Sullivan wrote in the complaint. “After all, if Crews, a 6’4”, muscled, man, former professional athlete, with a long list of entertainment industry credits, can be the victim of sexual assault at the hands of a much more powerful individual in the entertainment industry, anyone can be a victim.”
FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2017 file photo, Terry Crews attends 2017 the Fox Fall Party at Catch LA in West Hollywood, Calif. Crews has filed a lawsuit against the man he claims groped him at a Hollywood party last year. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
“People need to be held accountable,” he said. “This is the deal about Hollywood. It is an abuse of power. This guy, again, he’s one of the most powerful man in Hollywood, and he looked at me at the end as if, ‘Who is going to believe you?’”
ABC News reported the trial demands a jury and is seeking unspecified damages.
Crews’s outspokeness has led him to be named among the Silence Breakers, TIME’s Person of the Year. He spoke to the publication about the reception to his story and the role men should play in advocating for women’s rights.
“I’m here to tell you it’s not your fault. It’s not,” Crews said. “What happened to me was a prime example.”