One interpretation of the #MeToo movement is that law enforcement should be tougher on sexual harassment and assault. I do not entirely agree. I think law enforcement should do its job. That means follow the law, including the rules of evidence and procedure. That means not expanding legal definitions beyond their limits. Punishment without limits is not justice either.
Terry Crews’ case an important instance of this principle. A powerful Hollywood man grabbed Crews’ crotch, and expected him to be ok with it. (Crews was at a party with his wife, no less, when the guy did this to him.) Crews did everything right. He left immediately. He pressed charges. He told his story to a congressional committee.
Law enforcement also did what it ought to have done. The incident was not a felony assault. The statute of limitations is shorter for a misdemeanor than for a felony.
“Given that the suspect did not make contact with the victim’s skin when he grabbed the victim’s genitals and there is no restraint involved, a felony filing is declined,” a prosecutor wrote on a charge evaluation worksheet.
The case was referred it to the office of L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer for possible misdemeanor prosecution. According to a spokesman in Feuer’s office, the case exceeded the one-year statute of limitations for misdemeanors, and so the office declined to prosecute on Feb. 20.
That is why law enforcement is not prosecuting Hollywood Slimebag Adam Venit. But the rest of us are entitled to say mean things about him if we want.
Adam Venit is using his position of power to take what he wants sexually. He thinks he is above the law of common decency. Men who assault men should be held accountable. “Gay” men don’t get a free pass. Or a free grope.