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Posts on the Instragram account of American rapper 50 Cent have mocked actor and comedian Terry Crews for claiming to have been sexually assaulted.
Crews was due to appear before a United States Senate Judiciary Committee to talk to them about a Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights that is currently being proposed.
The 49-year-old Deadpool and Brooklyn Nine Nine star has previously claimed that he was sexually assaulted by a Hollywood film agent whilst attending a party with his wife back in 2016.
Crews told the committee: "In 2016 while at a party with my wife, I was sexually assaulted by a successful Hollywood agent.
"The assault lasted only minutes, but what he was effectively telling me while he held my genitals in his hand, was that he held the power. That he was in control.
"This is how toxic masculinity permeates culture."
Just before Crews was due to present to the committee, several pictures were posted on 50 Cent's Insta account, one that showed Crews shirtless and said: "I got raped. My wife just watched."
Another picture was posted that showed Crews with a rose between his teeth and was captioned: "Gym time".
The account of 50 Cent, whose real name in Curtis Jackson III, then posted beneath the photos a comment that read: "LOL, What the f**k is going on out here man?"
"Terry: l froze in fear, they would have had to take me to jail. get the strap. [slang term for a gun]"
The posts were later deleted.
However, a secondary post was then published on Instagram that showed a video of Will Smith slapping away a reporter who tried to kiss him. This post said: "See I think it's a natural instinct to respond this way. LOL get the strap"
When asked about it by TMZ, Crews said: "I love 50 Cent, I listen to his music when I'm working out."
He also addressed claims that a man of his size and fitness should not allow themselves to be put into this situation. He continued: "I prove that size doesn't matter when it comes to sexual assault."
Crews has previously spoken about not wanting to become violent for fear of being arrested and having his assault claims invalidated by negative stories about his violence.
After his testimony to the Senate Committee, Senator Dianne Feinstein tweeted: "I asked @TerryCrews why he didn't use his considerable strength to fight back when he was sexually assaulted.
"His answer is a powerful reminder of how victims are too often forced into silence to avoid damaging their careers or reputations. We need to hear the truth."
I asked @TerryCrews why he didn't use his considerable strength to fight back when he was sexually assaulted. His answer is a powerful reminder of how victims are too often forced into silence to avoid damaging their careers or reputations. We need to hear the truth. pic.twitter.com/8xSxnhXj91- Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) June 26, 2018
The claims made by Crews relate to an alleged assault by the agent. Despite the claims, the Los Angeles District Attorney said that no action would be taken.
A statement read: "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."
They also added that the matter is now beyond the one-year statute of limitations, so no case can be brought.
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