But he overcame all these things. And in 2016 Crews released a series of videos on Facebook to encourage other men to speak out about, and effectively fight, pornography addiction. Pornography, he said in one of the vids, “changes the way you think about people.” He explained why he thought it was dehumanising. “People become objects. People become body parts. They become things to be used.”
And in the following year, those words would become something of a precedent. In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, in which the powerful movie producer was investigated for alleged rape and sexual assault, Crews came out with his own allegation. A Hollywood executive, he said, had once groped and objectified him.
In a series of tweets posted on October 10, 2017, he spoke out. “This whole thing with Harvey Weinstein is giving me PTSD. Why? Because this kind of thing happened to ME,” he wrote. “My wife n I were at a Hollywood function last year n a high level Hollywood executive came over 2 me and groped my privates.” When he and his wife reacted, he said, the man “just grinned like a jerk.”