"Honored to stand among these strong, courageous individuals to fight for what's right. and take our lives back", Crews wrote on Twitter on Wednesday after Time Magazine published the details of his account. "He's grabbing my nuts!'"
The actor believes WME has ignored Venit's "long history of weird behavior" and predatory acts because of the agent's success in representing A-list clients like Adam Sandler, Casey Affleck and Dustin Hoffman. In his lawsuit, Crews claims that he told Sandler about Venit's alleged actions and says that Sandler called him on his way home from the party to check if he was okay.
His lawsuit states: "It is now time to hold Venit accountable for his sexual predatory behaviour and to hold WME accountable for its conduct in condoning, ratifying and encouraging Venit's sexual predatory behaviour".
He claims he notified an agent of the assault the next day but the firm declined to take action, according to the suit.
In the lawsuit Crews says Sandler shook his head at Venit in disbelief. Afterward, Sandler called to check on Crews and find out more of what had happened, and apologized for the incident. The actor says he was assured by his agent that WME would address the issue, but never received word of any punishment.
Crews revealed this story in a series of tweets, after which he terminated his contract with WME.
The former footballer and star of Brooklyn Nine-Nine says in the lawsuit that he is seeking to hold Venit and WME accountable for an alleged sexual assault by Venit on Crews which took place on 4 February 2016, Variety reports. Now, he's made a decision to sue both WME and Adam Venit for sexual assault and battery. Crews is suing for assault, battery, sexual battery, sexual harassment, gender violence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence and negligent retention and supervision, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
WME has not yet replied to a request for comment.