Terry Crews asked if he should “slap the sh-t out of” comedian D.L. Hughley after he implied that Crews should have been able to defend himself when he was sexually assaulted in 2016.
The duo shared a heated Twitter exchange Sunday when the Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor responded to comments Hughley made about him during an interview last August.
Crews was allegedly sexually assaulted by former William Morris Endeavor agent Adam Venit during an industry party in 2016. Crews later sued Venit and WME, and the case was settled before Venit retired.
During a Vlad TV interview, Hughley said it was difficult to believe that “a dude with all those muscles can’t tell an agent to not touch his a-s.”
Crews fired back at Hughley Sunday in a string of tweets about sexual assault and consent that ended with Crews asking Hughley if he should slap the sh-t out of him.
Crews then told Hughley he had lost a fan with his comments.
“I have looked up to you my whole career as one of the funniest most talented people I’ve ever seen,” the actor wrote. “I remember when I saw you warming up the crowd at FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR and I thought ‘this man is a genius.’”
“But now you are an example of when comedy turns to sarcasm and cynicism,” Crews continued. “And you find it extremely easy to get jokes at someone else expense. You mock my success, but all I ever did was support you.”
Crews told Watch What Happens host Andy Cohen earlier this month that he expected his fellow Black men would back him up after he found the courage to speak up about his experience with sexual assault, but it was Black women instead who supported him.
“I thought, here I am as a Black man saying some things that we’ve all been through, and a lot of guys [were] just like, ‘Man, you’re weak. You’re sorry. You should have hit him. You should have knocked him out. You should have did all this stuff,’” he recalled.