Russell Simmons Backtracks On Comments About Terry Crews’ Sexual Assault: I Never Meant To Silence You
It’s been almost a year and a half since actor Terry Crews came forward with his sexual abuse claims against Hollywood film executive Adam Venit, but the impact of what happened is still being discussed today.
Earlier this week, Crews and D.L. Hughley got into a heated debate regarding the issue and now music mogul Russell Simmons is offering a different take on Crews’ claims than he had in the past.
Back in 2017, at the height of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, a surprising victim came forward to tell his story of sexual assault, none other than Terry Crews. Many were shocked and flat-out dismissed his claims due to his overpowering stature…and Crews never hesitated to call them out. One of those he exposed was Russell Simmons, who is in the middle of dozens of allegations of rape and sexual assault himself, who he revealed told him to give Venit “a pass” for groping his genitalia at a party.
Crews recently got on Twitter and directly called out Hughley, Simmons, 50 Cent and Tariq Nasheed for their initial (and continued) responses to his sexual assault:
“You @50cent @unclerush and @tariqnasheed have decided my sexual assault was hilarious, whereas there are a whole generation of black women and men who don’t think it’s funny. ABUSERS PROTECT ABUSERS but they MOCK SURVIVORS as well. When you see me, keep it moving.”
Fast forward to 2019 and Simmons is apologizing via Twitter to Crews for his previous advice and also praising his bravery for speaking out:
“My bad never ever meant to silence you i gave my best advice which was wrong , thank you for being a leader.”
When pressed by a Twitter user for an actual apology, instead of simply saying “my bad,” Simmons elaborated on his sentiment:
“Let me clearify i thought that he might be putting himself in bad position so i made the terrible mistake of advising him wrongly I WAS NOT ever thinking g of anything but his well being i was VERY WRONG and I’m glad he stayed the course he is a hero for all of us.”
Do you think Russell Simmons’ apology is sincere? What do you think of Terry Crews calling out his critics? Let us know in the comments!