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50 Cent Faces Backlash for Mocking Terry Crews’s Sexual Assault


Jun. 28 2018, Published 6:07 p.m. ET

Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Terry Crews says he was sexually assaulted at a Hollywood party in 2016. Adam Venit was an executive at the agency Crews was a part of at the time. Crews said that when he approached Venit to shake his hand, the executive allegedly squeezed Crews’s genitals instead, while making suggestive gestures with his tongue. Crews said he had “never felt more emasculated, more objectified. I was horrified.”

Crews went public with the assault back in October 2017 in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. He spoke candidly about feeling helpless, and knowing that as a Black man in America, the media would not have taken his side if he had responded with violence.

Rapper 50 Cent, however, does not appear to understand this dilemma. He posted a pair of derogatory images of Crews on Instagram that he has since deleted. One image showed Crews shirtless with the words, “I got raped, my wife just watched,” written across it. The other image showed Crews with a rose in his mouth. The caption read, “LOL, What the f*** is going on here man? Terry: I froze in fear, they would have had to take me to jail, get the strap.”

Many people online criticized 50 for posting the images and came out in support of Crews.

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Although 50 Cent deleted the images, he is not apologizing for his behavior. On Wednesday, the rapper doubled down on his comments on Twitter.

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50’s latest remark comes just one day after Crews powerfully testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Crews spoke at a hearing for the proposed Sexual Assault Survivors Bill Of Rights.

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