Actor Terry Crews testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning, telling lawmakers he has had to turn down jobs because he has been outspoken about sexual assault.
Deadline reports that Crews “said he was threatened with retaliation for speaking out about a sexual assault by a Hollywood agent, saying the producer of ‘The Expendables 4’ warned of vague ‘troubles’ unless he withdraws his civil suit.”
Crews reportedly told the Senate panel that “Expendables” producer Avi Lerner called Crews’ manager “and asked that the actor … drop his case against Adam Venit in order to appear in the fourth installment of the action film.”
Crews, who played the character Hale Caesar in the first three “Expendables” movies, was asked by Sen. Amy Klobuchar whether he has a role in the sequel.
Deadline quotes him responding: “No. Simply because this same producer is under his own … investigation. 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.”
Deadline adds: “Lerner was sued for sexual harassment, hostile work environment and gender discrimination by a woman identified only as Jane Roe. At the time the suit was filed, Lerner dismissed the allegations as ‘all lies’ and ‘a joke.’”
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