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Terry Crews calls out DL Hughley for remarks on assault

PICTURED: Terry Crews

TERRY CREWS has called out comedian DL Hughley for his comments on the Brooklyn Nine-Nine star’s sexual assault accusation.

Crews has alleged that he was sexually assaulted by Adam Venit, the former WME agent. Venit, who has apologised to Crews, reached a settlement with him last year.

Venit also resigned from his position at the entertainment agency.

In an interview conducted last year, Hughley made reference to Crews’ accusations when he said: "I think that now everybody's so into this notion that, 'It happened to me too.'"

He went on to say: “Hey mother******. God gave you muscles so you could say no and mean it.”

Responding to Hughley’s comments, Crews addressed him on Twitter.

He said: “You told the world ‘God Gave Me Muscles So I Could Say No…’

“Are you implying I ‘wanted’ to be sexually assaulted? I’m listening, sir…”

Hughley then responded: “You saw the video!”

Crews replied: “Sir you said I should have pushed him back, or restrained him and I did all those things... but you act like I didn’t. Were you there?”

The 50-year-old, who is currently hosting America’s Got Talent: The Champions, told Hughley that he had looked up to him his whole career as “one of the funniest, most talented people” he’d ever seen.

“You are an example of when comedy turns to sarcasm and cynicism. And you find it extremely easy to get jokes at someone else expense. You mock my success, but all I ever did was support you,” he said.

Crews, an advocate of the #MeToo movement, is featured in one of the campaign’s new videos.

The organisation that works to help survivors of sexual violence, and was started with the aim of particularly helping black women and girls, released four short videos of those with lived experience of sexual assault on Monday.

Crews narrates an animation that documents his journey to speaking out about his personal experiences.

In the video, he talks about how women who accused high profile Hollywood stars of sexual assault and misconduct prompted him to share his story.

He says: “For me to remain silent, I would have felt like a fraud.”

The actor ends by urging survivors to remember that they did nothing wrong and that they won’t be shamed.

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