Former football player and WMU alumnus, actor Terry Crews testified before Congress on Tuesday about his experience being sexual assaulted, and it's aftermath.Crews alleged in late 2016 that he was assaulted by an agent at the agency formerly representing him.

Page Six reports on Tuesday, Crews testified before a packed hearing room to a Senate committee.

(C-SPAN via YouTube)

Crews told the lawmakers he turned down a role in "Expendibles 4" after being pressured by the movie's producer to drop charges against his former agency.

“Abusers protect abusers and this is one thing I had to decide whether I was going to draw the line.” - Terry Crews, testifying before a Senate committee.

Crews went on to say,

“This is how toxic masculinity permeates culture. As I shared my story, I was told over and over that this was not abuse. This was just a joke. This was just horseplay. But I can say one man’s horseplay is another man’s humiliation. And I chose to tell my story and share my experience to stand in solidarity with millions of other survivors around the world. That I know how hard it is to come forward, I know the shame associated with the assault. It happened to me.” - Variety

Crews filed a criminal complaint against the agent, but the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office declined to prosecute because the incident fell outside of the statute of limitations. Crews has filed a civil suit against the agent and the agency, WME.

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