Terry Crews has filed a sexual assault lawsuit against WME agent Adam Venit in connection with Crews' claim that Venit sought him out at a Hollywood party in February 2016.
News of the lawsuit comes in A little over a week after Venit returned to work at WME after a brief suspension as the agency conducted an internal investigation of Crews' allegations. Crews was previously represented by WME, but fired the agency last month after it became public with its claims.
The lawsuit, first reported by TMZ and confirmed by Variety, repeats Creits's claim that Venit groped her genitals and also says that Venit introduced "his tongue in and out of his mouth provocatively. " The lawsuit alleges that Crews alerted Adam Sandler, who was at the party and was represented by Venit, shouting: "Adam, come get your son! He's grabbing my nuts."
The lawsuit also says that Sandler called Crews as he was driving home from the party to see how he was doing. He adds that Crews told his WME agent about the alleged incident and met with WME president Ari Emanuel. The teams expressed fear of Venit's reprisals for reporting the incident, but Emanuel allegedly apologized for him and assured Crews that Venit "did not have that level of power despite his title as head of the Department of Movies."
On November 30, Crews tweeted what he described as a text exchange between him and his former WME agent, Brad Slater. "Brad, your son Adam Venit, who was delivering Sandler the other night, was DOPED UP," says the Crews text. "It was embarrassing, Sandler had to call me to apologize, in fact he grabbed my NUTS."
"The actual text to my agent Brad Slater at @WME 28 hours after my assault on February 4, 2016 by Adam Venit of the agency, "said the photo. "However, the co-president of WME @AeEmanuel says he knew nothing about anyone until my tweets 18 MONTHS AFTER"
The teams had previously submitted a report with the Los Angeles Police Department regarding the alleged assault. He first made his story public on October 10, shortly after the New York Times and the New Yorker published explosive allegations of sexual harassment of Harvey Weinstein.