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Terry Crews Testifies on Capitol Hill: Black Men in America ‘Only Have a Few Shots at Success’

Terry Crews says his wife trained him not to get violent when provoked or prodded, and that training is what stopped him from going H.A.M. on a talent agent who allegedly sexually assaulted him at an entertainment function.

Crews sat in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday morning and gave testimony regarding his incident with former Hollywood agent Adam Venit, who he claims groped him at a party.

The “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star said after the groping, he reflected on the “cult of toxic masculinity that exists in our society,” and wanted to share his story.

Senator Dianne Feinstein asked Crews why he did not just push Venit away, seeing as he is a “big man.” The actor got very emotional and said that “As a black man in America, you only have a few shots at success, you only have a few chances to make yourself a viable member of the community.”

He added that, “I have seen many young black men who were provoked into violence end up in prison or killed.”  Crews credits his wife as helping him to learn to walk away when a situation teeters on violence, and admits that when he went to the agency the next day to complain about Venit, he “almost got violent,” but showed restraint.

Crews says he also lost a role on “Expendables 4” because he would not drop his fight regarding the alleged assault.