- After a brief suspension from WME, agent Adam Venit has returned to work.
- Terry Crews accused Venit of groping him at a party, and after an investigation into the incident by WME, the company has welcomed Venit back.
- However, Venit will no longer be head of the motion picture department at WME, though he will remain an agent for the company.
After a brief suspension from WME following a sexual assault accusation by actor Terry Crews, agent Adam Venit returned to the company Monday, WME confirmed to Business Insider.
Earlier this month, Venit was accused by “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” actor Terry Crews of groping him at a party last year, during an interview with “Good Morning America.”
The GMA interview followed a series of tweets Crews wrote last month that detailed an alleged incident in which he was groped by an unnamed Hollywood executive. Crews confirmed in the GMA interview that the agent in question was Venit.
During the GMA interview, Crews said that at a private party in February 2016, Venit stuck his tongue out at him in an “overtly sexual” manner. Crews said he then put out his hand to shake Venit’s hand, at which time Venit grabbed his genitals.
Venit continued to stick his tongue out at Crews, and attempted to grab him once more, but this time Crews pushed him away, Crews said.
Crews told GMA that when the Weinstein sexual misconduct allegations broke, he felt like he had “PTSD,” and recognised he had also experienced sexual assault. Crews then decided it was the right time to share his experience.
“I’ve never felt more emasculated, more objectified. I was horrified,” Crews said on GMA.
Crews also filed a report with the LAPD alleging that Venit sexually assaulted him, and dropped WME as his agency.
Shortly after the news broke Monday that Venit was back at WME, Crews tweeted, “Someone got a pass.”
SOMEONE GOT A PASS https://t.co/yLPwpWGtT8
— terry crews (@terrycrews) November 27, 2017
WME confirmed to Business Insider that Venit had returned following a 30-day suspension without pay, and has been demoted. Venit will no longer hold his former title as head of the motion picture department at WME, but will remain an agent for the company, representing A-list clients Adam Sandler, Eddie Murphy, Kevin James, Steve Martin, and Diane Keaton.
A representative for Crews declined a request for comment from Business Insider.
Venit did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s requests for comment.