WME Agent Adam Venit Demoted After Groping Accusation but Back on Job

Actor Terry Crews, who had accused Venit of groping him at 2016 party, blasts decision: “Someone got a pass”

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Adam Venit, former head of WME’s Motion Picture Group, is returning to the agency as an agent after a 30-day investigation into sexual misconduct allegations made by actor Terry Crews, the agency told TheWrap.

Venit will no longer head the film division but will continue as an agent. Venit’s agents include Dustin Hoffman, Diane Keaton, and Adam Sandler.

Crews responded to news of Venit’s return and demotion with disapproval on Twitter, writing, “Someone got a pass.”

Crews accused Venit of groping him at a party and parted ways with WME shortly after coming forward. Crews recounted the incident during an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” saying he “never felt more emasculated.”

“He’s basically staring at me and he’s sticking his tongue out and, you know, it’s overtly sexual kind of tongue move… it’s a party. It’s packed… I’m looking, is this a joke? I don’t understand. It was actually so bizarre,” Crews said.

“He keeps coming over to me. He comes over to me, I stick my hand out and he takes his hand and puts it and squeezes my genitals and I jump back like hey, hey and he’s like — he still is sticking his tongue out and all this stuff.”

Crews added, “He comes back again and won’t stop. Then I really got forceful, pushed him back and he bumps into the other partygoers, and he starts giggling and laughing.”

Venit’s return was first reported by Deadline.