Wendy Williams Predicts Terry Crews’ Career Will Suffer After Recent Sexual Assault Allegation

By People

Wendy Williams thinks race will be a factor in any potential fallout from Terry Crews allegation that he was sexually assaulted by a top Hollywood agent last year.

On Thursday’s broadcast of her talk show, Williams, 53, gave her opinion on the news — just one day after Crews appeared on Good Morning America, where he detailed the alleged incident that led him to file a report with the Los Angeles Police Department against a “high level Hollywood executive.”

In the interview, Crews, 49, named his alleged assailant as Adam Venit, head of the motion picture department at William Morris Endeavor (WME) and an agent to many celebrities. Venit reportedly went on leave from the company earlier this month. WME confirmed to ABC News that the agent “has been suspended following the internal investigation into the matter.” PEOPLE was unable to reach Venit for comment.

Crews claimed that while at a party with his wife in February 2016, Venit began sticking his tongue out in an “overtly sexual” way before coming over to him and allegedly squeezing Crews’ genitals.

Asked if she thought it was courageous of Crews to speak out, Williams said, “No, it’s not brave — he’s just talking.”

“But it may have a really negative affect on his career,” she continued. “Do you know what I mean? Being all black, and being all chatty. And this guy, the agent — he named names. Terry is going in. It will, in my opinion, affect his career.”

“The agent allegedly is on leave,” continued Williams. “He hasn’t been fired — he’s on leave.”

“You know what I think that this agent has?” she went on. “I hate to talk color, but I’ve been here for nine years. You know we talk color here, and I don’t mean anything by it but enlightenment.”

Williams went on to speculate that Venit was likely told by the agency to “disappear for a moment” and return next year.

“I’m glad that Terry came forward to expose [him],” she continued. “Unfortunately, I feel that in the race war that’s going on in this country still — we don’t want to acknowledge it — but Terry will suffer. But good for you, Terry. And shame on you, bald man.”

Adam Venit

Adam Venit
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On Wednesday, Crews explained that he felt compelled to share his story after hearing women speak about how they were called liars after coming forward with their own experiences with sexual assault and harassment when he was a key note speaker at an event for the Center for Community Solutions.

“What kind of man would I be to tell my kids, ‘If someone touches you where you don’t want to be touched, tell someone,’ and then I don’t do it?” he said. “Let me tell you something, it freed me. I knew instantly that I had to tell my story so that other people could be free.”

He also said he had dismissed the incident until the allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein shed new light on sexual assault and harassment in the industry.

(A spokesperson for Weinstein previously told PEOPLE in a statement, “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances.”)

“When the Weinstein thing started happening, I got PTSD,” Crews said. “I was going, ‘Oh my god, this exact thing happened to me. I understand why they won’t come forward.’ And I’m gonna tell you, a lot of times people go, ‘Why didn’t you come forward sooner?’ When a person of forward breaks that boundary and violates that boundary, you’re a prisoner of war.”

“I will not be shamed,” he added. “I did nothing wrong — nothing.” Read More

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