The Los Angeles District Attorney reportedly rejected Crews' felony filing as, according to TMZ, it did not meet the standard for a felony. The Los Angeles City Attorney, who took over from the D.A., reportedly rejected the now-labelled misdemeanor case because the incident in question allegedly occurred outside the statute of limitations.
The incident, in which Crews' alleged Venit grabbed his genitals at a party, allegedly occurred in 2016. The statute for a misdemeanor is one year.
This article was originally published on February 28, 2018.
"What's so strange and crazy is that I'm still paying them," Crews said at Esquire's 2018 Mavericks of Hollywood party last week, according to Vulture. "I go to work, and I still have to send a check to my molester. This is Hollywood, it is insane. I look at my bank statement, and I'm like, 'Damn, this is the most wrong thing of all time.' I'm calling it, I'm going to play this whole thing out. If I don't get justice, nobody can."
"[Venit] tried to tell everyone it wasn't sexual. How do you do that? How is that possible?" Crews continued, according to Variety. "The level of ridiculousness that this has gone to, and they're looking at me as if I'm ridiculous for even saying anything. I'm like, 'Nope, I'm not putting up with it. No one should. No woman, no child, no man, anywhere, in whatever business, should ever put up with being treated less than a human being, ever."
Crews first shared the news of his alleged assault back in October, shortly after a number of actresses accused Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of gross sexual misconduct. A few weeks later, he shared that Venit, a prominent talent agent, was the high-profile figure who had allegedly groped his genitals at a party. Crews has since dropped WME's representation and has been leading the charge to represent men in the #MeToo movement.
Recently, Crews extended his support to actor Brendan Fraser, who alleged during an interview with GQ that former Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Philip Berk groped him at a 2003 luncheon.
"Brendan is amazingly courageous in telling this," Crews tweeted. "His assault experience is extremely similar to mine — ending with the assailant explaining away his actions. One mans [sic] 'horseplay' is another man's humiliation."
Crews' determination to fight on behalf of survivors remains refreshing and poignant; hopefully, he will continue to inspire others to come forward and push for change.