After filing a complaint with the LAPD last month, Crews has filed a lawsuit against William Morris Endeavor agent Adam Venit for assault, battery and sexual harassment, among other charges. He is also suing the talent agency.
After Crews made public his Twitter feed in October (although he did not specifically name Venit), the former film director was identified in commercial publications and suspended from WME. Venit returned to the company on a degraded paper about a month later.
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The "flagrant" tinkle occurred on February 4, 2016, according to to the complaint obtained by USA TODAY, at an industry event organized by Adam Sandler.
I've never met the actor before Brooklyn Nine-Nine "Venit stared at Crews, like a rabid dog, sticking his tongue in and out of his mouth provocatively," according to the suit.
What followed was supposedly physical. "Venit, in his first encounter with the Crews, brutally grabbed Crews's penis and testicles with such force that it caused immediate pain to Crews"
The lawsuit says that Crews rejected Venit "causing him to fall on several people who were nearby" causing the actor to scream But Venit "continued taunting Crews, moving his tongue provocatively again, and then grabbed and squeezed Crews' genitals again." Crews says he asked for help from nearby Sandler, with whom he had appeared in several films.
"Sandler shook his head in Venit incredulously," says the suit, and then called the actor to see if he was okay. The next day, Venit called Crews to apologize, saying he was not himself.
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Crews, A WME customer before formally leaving the company in the middle of November, he says he informed his agent at the company the next day, but the agency took few measures "probably because Venit is a significant source of money for WME."
The Venit Client The list includes several Hollywood names that have been accused of harassment, including Sylvester Stallone, Casey Affleck, Brett Ratner and Dustin Hoffman. He also represents Sandler and Eddie Murphy.
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The lawsuit also alleges that "WME agents are knowingly allowed and encouraged to engage in sexual predatory behaviors in affirming their power and power over people similarly situated to Crews. "
Crews says he suffered real pain as well as psychological problems. He is asking for punitive and exemplary damages.
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January 27, 2018