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Abusers protect abusers, says Terry Crews of Expendables producer who threatened to fire him

Expendables producer Avi Lerner allegedly threatened to fire Terry Crews off Expendables 4 unless he drop sexual harassment charges against agent Adam Venit.

hollywood Updated: Jun 27, 2018 14:20 IST
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Actor and Activist Terry Crews speaks at the Women of the World Summit on April 14, 2018 in New York City.(AFP)

Terry Crews says a film producer said he could only return to the Expendables franchise if he dropped his sexual assault lawsuit against a Hollywood agent. The actor said it was an example of how “abusers protect abusers.”

Crews made the allegation Tuesday at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Sexual Assault Survivor Bill of Rights, which establishes rights for survivors of sexual assault.

Crews, who last year accused William Morris Endeavor talent agent Adam Venit of groping him at a party, was asked if there had been any retaliation for making the sexual assault allegation.

Terry Crews in a still from Expendables 2.

He said Expendables producer Avi Lerner asked that the actor drop his case in order to appear in the fourth installment of the action film and warned of “troubles” if it wasn’t dropped. Crews has been in each of the previous films.

“Abusers protect abusers - and this is one thing I had to decide, whether I was going to draw the line on. Am I going to be a part of this or am I gonna take a stand, and there are projects I had to turn down,” he said.

An email seeking comment from Lerner’s Millennium Films was not immediately returned Tuesday afternoon.

Millennium Films is being sued for sexual harassment and gender discrimination by a former employee.

The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office decided in March not to file charges against Venit, determining the allegations were not a felony. Crews has also filed a lawsuit against Venit.

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First Published: Jun 27, 2018 14:19 IST