The Quick Read: Terry Crews Calls Hollywood A 'Violent Place' After Facing Sexual Assault Backlash

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Sydney Scott Mar, 16, 2018

Here’s all the news you need to know this Friday.

Terry Crews is not backing down after coming forward with sexual assault allegations against WME agent Adam Venit. In a recent interview, Crews called Hollywood a “violent place” after revealing that some people in the industry wanted him to remain quiet about the assault. “People don’t understand that Hollywood is a very violent place. The best way to put it is that it’s like a plantation…They cut your head off so the next person doesn’t speak.” (BuzzFeed News)

Six people are dead and nine others injured after a footbridge collapsed near Florida International University in Miami trapping victims underneath. Investigators are looking into what caused the collapse after they say the bridge was constructed in six hours using “accelerated bridge construction” to avoid disrupting traffic. (BBC News)

Trump says he made up trade claims in a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau before finding out if they were true. Trump also claimed that the U.S. has a $17 million trade deficit with Canada when it comes to energy and timber, an inaccurate figure considering the US had a $2.77 billion surplus with Canada for 2017. (CNN)

Bill Cosby will face five of his accusers on April 2 after the Montgomery County Courthouse announced that the accusers will testify at the comedian’s upcoming trial. Cosby is facing three counts of felony indecent sexual assault after a former Temple University employee alleged that he drugged and raped her in 2004. (Vulture)

DeWanda Wise will no longer appear in Marvel’s Captain Marvel due to scheduling conflicts. Wise’s role had not been revealed and no replacement has been announced. (Deadline)

Tichina Arnold is set to play Cedric the Entertainer’s wife in the CBS comedy pilot Welcome to the Neighborhood. The show tells the story of a man who moves his family to L.A., where some people are into his midwest friendliness. (Deadline)

Amma Asante is set to direct The Billion Dollar Spy, a film based on one of the Pentagon’s most valuable spies during the Cold War. The film is an adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David E. Hoffman’s book of the same name. (Deadline)

Moonlight‘s Ashton Sanders is in talks to star in the movie version of Richard Wright’s Native Son. A24 has acquired the rights to the film with an adaptation written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks. (Variety)

There is now a museum exhibit dedicated to Tiffany Pollard. The exhibit, David’s Dead: A Celebration of Tiffany Pollard, is set to include some of Pollard’s finest moments. Brooklyn museum Thnk 1994 is behind the project. (Vh1)

Pittsburgh is set to replace its racist statue of Stephen Foster with one of an African-American woman, calling on the public to help decide who to honor. The city hopes to celebrate the legacy of African-American women and their leadership. (The Incline)

An Ohio man has been arrested after threatening to kill 85 gay people on dating app Grindr. Police say Me’Shach Israel-Miller made the threat while chatting with Montrese Hollar, Hollar took a screenshot of the conversation and quickly alerted authorities. (NewNowNext)