Terry Crews and comedian D.L. Hughley engaged in a back-and-forth debate over Hughley’s comments about Crews’ sexual assault allegations, which led to Crews wondering if he should “slap the s–t” out of Hughley.
Crews took on Hughley on Twitter on Sunday morning, reacting to an interview Hughley gave months ago where he said he found it hard to believe that “a dude with all those muscles” couldn’t stop an agent from touching him.
“You told the world ‘God Gave Me Muscles So I Could Say No,'” Crews wrote. “Are you implying I ‘wanted’ to be sexually assaulted? I’m listening, sir.”
Hughley responded by saying, “You saw the video!” to which Crews quickly shot back, “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?”
Hughley then said Crews should have gotten physical with alleged assailant, writing, “That’s different than slapping the s–t outa him.”
That led to Crews firing back with, “So sir… If you truly feel that is a correct way to deal with toxic behavior… Should I slap the s–t out of you?”
If you truly feel that is a correct way to deal with toxic behavior…
Should I slap the shit out of you? https://t.co/GmePqluEIX
— terry crews (@terrycrews) January 27, 2019
Terry Crews elaborated on his disappointment with Hughley’s comments, writing, “I have looked up to you my whole career as one of the funniest most talented people I’ve ever seen. I remember when I saw you warming up the crowd at FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR and I thought ‘this man is a genius.’ But now 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 added, “ABUSERS PROTECT ABUSERS but they MOCK SURVIVORS as well. When you see me, keep it moving.”
Back in September 2018, Crews settled a lawsuit with his former agent, Adam Venit, who he claimed groped him during a party back in 2016.
The “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star came forward with the allegations in 2017 and eventually filed a civil suit against Venit and his former agency, WME.
He initially made his claim on Twitter, writing, “This whole thing with Harvey Weinstein is giving me PTSD. Why? Because this kind of thing happened to ME. My wife n I were at a Hollywood function last year n a high level Hollywood executive came over 2 me and groped my privates. Jumping back I said What are you doing?! My wife saw everything n we looked at him like he was crazy. He just grinned like a jerk.”
Terry Crews went on to say that the man (who he later identified as Venit) called him “the next day with an apology but never really explained why he did what he did.”
Venit denied the allegations in his response to the lawsuit.