The Hollywood agent, who actor Terry Crews said he sexually assaulted him during an event, is officially leaving the agency after resolving a lawsuit filed by the actor.
"Terry Crews, Adam Venit and WME have resolved the lawsuit that Mr. Crews filed last year and will be discarded," he read a statement from the agency to The Hollywood Reporter.
Venit was identified as the man who aggressively grabbed the actor's penis and testicles during a meeting of William Morris Endeavor, and later the agency left him in November.
Deadline reports that Venit has informed its associates that it will retire and that it is delivering its impressive list of clients, including Adam Sandler, Sylvester Stallone, Shawn Levy, Dustin Hoffman, Eddie Murphy, Michael B. Jordan, Vince Vaughn, M. Night Shyamalan and Marc Forster. , to the associates.
"Venit, in her first encounter with Crews, grabbed Crews' penis and testicles so hard that it caused immediate pain to the Crews in a flagrant and unprovoked sexual assault," the Crews complaint filed in December said.
Terry Crews accused Adam Venit of aggressively grabbing his penis and testicles during an event in Hollywood in 2016. Crews presented his accusations against the agent since the #MeToo movement was in his infancy. On Thursday WME announced that the agency and Venit arranged with Cruz and Venit is now officially out of the agency
The Brooklyn 99 star was represented by the agency until he fired them in November. The actor was not one of Venit's clients.
In January, WME submitted its response to Crews' complaint: "The facts are the following: the day after the alleged incident, Mr. Crews did not mention it to anyone in WME other than his agent, who nevertheless raised it immediately Mr. Venit. & # 39;
During an internal investigation into Crews' claims against Venit, WME said they found that the behavior was a pattern for the agent, and that this was not an isolated incident.
Venit was suspended without payment for a month and was demoted from his position as head of the Motion Picture Group of WME.
The gangs were first introduced in October when the #MeToo movement was in its infancy following the growing list of women who alleged sexual misconduct and assault against Harvey Weinstein.
"All this with Harvey Weinstein is giving me post-traumatic stress disorder, why, because this kind of thing happened to me," Crews tweeted on October 10.
"My wife and I were at a Hollywood show last year and a high-level Hollywood executive approached me and groped for my private parts."
Crews filed a police report on November 8 and the Los Angeles Police Department opened an investigation into the incident. In March, the Los Angeles City Attorney stated that the matter was referred to our office and subsequently dismissed due to the expiration of the misdemeanor cases.
Venit's WME clients include Adam Sandler, Diane Keaton, Eddie Murphy, Kevin James, Rob Lowe, Shawn Levy, Steve Martin, Sylvester Stallone and Vince Vaughn, as well as Brett Ratner and Dustin Hoffman, who face accusations of misconduct sexual on your own. .
Prosecutors refused to press charges for serious crimes against Venit because "he did not make contact with the victim's skin when he grabbed the victim's genitals and there is no restriction involved."
The teams also reported that the assault was outside the one-year statute of limitations, presenting documents detailing the February 2016 incident with the LAPD in November.