Cent sparks outrage for mocking Terry Crews' sexual assault

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Crews first shared his story of being inappropriately groped by talent agent Adam Venit shortly after Hollywood's fallen director Harvey Weinstein's longstanding history of sexual assault, abuse and rape was revealed in two separate New York Times and New Yorker magazine exposés in October. Venit denied the claims.

In an Instagram post that has since been deleted, 50 Cent mocked Terry Crews for his alleged sexual assault incident, the same day Crews gave a powerful statement in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on behalf of the Sexual Assault Survivors' Bill of Rights.

"As someone who was a fan of 50 cent since I was a kid, I'm disgusted at his ignorance and insensitive response to Terry Crew's sexual assault story", one user wrote. He added, "What happened to me has happened to many many other men in Hollywood, and since I came forward with my story I have had thousands and thousands of men come to me and say 'Me too, this is my story'".

50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, has since deleted his post mocking Crews. Crews didn't rise to the bait, responding simply, "I love 50 Cent, I listen to his music while I'm working out", and noting how size isn't a factor in cases of sexual assault.

In a picture showing the 49-year-old actor without his shirt on, the Candy Shop singer wrote: "I got raped", and: "My wife just watched". It also featured second photo of Crews in a suit with a rose in his mouth with the words "Gym time". Terry: "l froze in fear, they would have had to take me to jail. get the strap".

The post garnered almost 125,000 likes - not to mention a crying-laugh emoji from accused rapist Russell Simmons - but most were appalled by 50's insensitivity. "He better apologize to Terry Crews, and people that found what he said amusing are just as stupid".

"LOL. GET THE F- OUTTA HERE, you not doing this to me". At one point, he was asked why he didn't use his size and physical strength to retaliate against the agent, and the actor said as a Black man in America, he could've easily lost his success, freedom or his life. "I probably would have been laughed out of the police station", Terry said in court. "Don't hold it, because it's not yours".