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A Powerful Hollywood Talent Agent Is Reportedly On Leave After Terry Crews Said He Was Groped

Updated: The actor first shared his experience of sexual assault in Hollywood in tweets last month without naming Adam Venit, a talent agent with WME.

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Actor and former football player Terry Crews said he too has experienced sexual misconduct in Hollywood, after a series of women came forward with allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein.

The Brooklyn Nine-Nine star said in a series of tweets on Oct. 10 that he understood why victims hesitated to speak out — and he added the problem goes far beyond Weinstein.

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Now, weeks later, Variety and Deadline have identified the man as Adam Venit, a talent agent with WME.

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WME placed Venit on leave as it investigated the allegations, Deadline and Variety reported. Venit and WME did not immediately respond to questions from BuzzFeed News.

A representative for Crews, who is a client of WME, said he had no further comment.

Venit is a top talent agent in his field, working with stars including Emma Stone, Sylvester Stallone, Adam Sandler, and Dustin Hoffman.

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"I was going to kick his ass right then — but I thought twice about how the whole thing would appear," Crews tweeted. "'240 lbs. Black Man stomps out Hollywood Honcho' would have been the headline the next day. Only I probably wouldn't have been able to read it because I WOULD HAVE BEEN IN JAIL."

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Crews also acknowledged the phenomenon of victims finding strength in numbers, which has played out in accusations against Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Roger Ailes, and other famous people.

Crews added that this kind of abuse happens outside of Hollywood as well, and he offered a message of solidarity to other victims.

@terrycrews / Via Twitter: @terrycrews

"Hollywood is not the only business [where] this happens, and to the casualties of this behavior — you are not alone," he said.

"Hopefully, me coming forward with my story will deter a predator and encourage someone who feels hopeless."

UPDATE

This story has been updated to include the name of the WME talent agent, Adam Venit, and reports he is on leave.

Claudia Koerner is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

Contact Claudia Koerner at claudia.koerner@buzzfeed.com.

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