Terry Crews says American Media Inc, The National Enquirer’s parent company, threatened to publish scandalous stories in an attempt to silence sexual assault allegations he made against Adam Venit in 2017.
Crews’ accusation comes on the tail of Jeff Bezos’ meteoric Medium post published yesterday in which the Amazon CEO and Washington Post owner claimed that AMI has been trying to blackmail him with nude photos taken during his extra-marital affair with Lauren Sanchez.
“This same company, AMI, tried to silence me in my lawsuit against WME and Adam Venit by fabricating stories of me with prostitutes— and even went so far as creating fake receipts,” Crews tweeted on Friday. “I called their bluff by releasing their threats online. They blinked.”
This same company, AMI, tried to silence me in my lawsuit against @wme and Adam Venit by fabricating stories of me with prostitutes— and even went so far as creating fake receipts.
I called their bluff by releasing their threats online. They blinked. https://t.co/S6lMZ5K6Tb
— terry crews (@terrycrews) February 8, 2019
After Crews filed a lawsuit against Hollywood agent Adam Venit in 2017 for sexually assaulting him at a party, he appeared on Good Morning America to tell his story. One day after the interview aired, Crews received an email from AMI property RadarOnline claiming the publication would publish a story detailing how Crews allegedly hired two sex workers in 2015.
Crews maintained in a tweet at the time that the story was never ran because “it was a lie.”
It never went 2 press because it was a lie.
This was not a coincidence. I told u they were coming 4 me. I also told you I am ready. pic.twitter.com/vqLAUknUiO
— terry crews (@terrycrews) November 19, 2017
Emails within the Medium post published by Bezos on Thursday reveal that AMI threatened to leak nude pics of Bezos and Sanchez unless the Amazon CEO stopped investigating how AMI obtained the private photos in the first place.
Bezos’ refusal to capitulate seems to have opened the floodgates. Besides Crews, Ronan Farrow revealed Friday night he had received similar extortion emails and threats from AMI while reporting on CEO David Pecker and AMI’s ties with Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election.
Responding to Farrow’s tweet, former Associated Press investigative reporter Ted Bridis wrote: “We were warned explicitly by insiders that AMI had hired private investigators to dig into backgrounds of @AP journalists looking into the tabloid’s efforts on behalf of Trump.”
“If in my position I can’t stand up to this kind of extortion, how many people can?” Bezos asked in his Medium post. Looks like we’re about to find out.