Adam Venit Accepts Sexual Misconduct With Support Of Wife Trina Venit
Adam Venit became the sought-after name when he merged his talent management company Endeavor with the William Morris agency to form William Morris Endeavor (WME). During his time in WME, it became the most successful talent agency in the world, successfully managing many stars like Adam Sandler, Ashton Kutcher, and the likes.
Venit's much-touted success wasn't to last, however, as the Hollywood executive got caught in a sexual allegation. The charges not only tainted his name but he was also made to resign from the very company he helped form.
After a public apology to the victim, which was helped pen by his wife, Venit lives a low-key life. His apology letter revealed how he was taking responsibility for his actions and was also turning a new leaf; All this with the loving support of his wife Trina Venit.
Adam Venit Brief History Leading Up To Allegation
Adam’s career was kicked off once he started Endeavor talent agency in 1996 in hopes to represent and create major television and movie stars. For the better part of the decade after the agency's formation, Endeavor went on to represent many rising stars such as Christian Bale, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Hugh Jackman, and Jude Law, among others.
Adam Venit with Britanny Daniel and David Spade (Photo: Getty Images)
After garnering success with their formula, Venit’s Endeavor combined with William Morris Agency to form another company — what is now WME (Willam Morris Endeavor). The long history of William Morris Agency coupled with the talent pool in Endeavor led the newly formed company to become a leading talent agency in Hollywood.
The company’s and Venit’s success seemed to go hand-in-hand as Venit came to be known as one of the most prominent talent agents in Hollywood. During his time in the WME, he helped boost the careers of various high-profile celebrities like Emma Stone, Diane Keaton, Shawn Levy, Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, and Eddie Murphy.
However, not all was fine in Tinsel town. The success of WME was to be shattered by the very man who helped build it.
WME Talent Agency HQ in California (Photo: The Talented List)
Adam Venit Accused Of Sexual Assault At The Height Of High-profile #MeToo Allegations
In late 2016, as Venit and his colleagues at WME seemed invincible, famous star Terry Crews came out to the public and accused Venit of sexual assault. The charges were the talk of the town, especially since it was also the height of several ‘me too’ allegations that rocked Hollywood at the time.
The allegation made by Crews was that Venit had grabbed his genitals in the middle of a Hollywood party held in February 2016.
Initially, the 57-year old executive had denied any allegations of sexual assault on his part. But Crews insisted and made public that in the party, when Crews offered to shake Venit’s hand, Venit instead squeezed Crews' genitals. Crews also alleged that despite his negative reaction, Venit just laughed it off and continued to harass him in public.
Post Allegation: Venit’s Resigns From WME And Charged Heavy Fine
The allegation brought Adam an unpaid suspension for one month from September to November 2017. Later, in 2018, Adam filed a response to Terry's lawsuit, stating that the accuser did not suffer any injury from his non-sexual conduct.
Venit had reportedly apologized to Adam the next day of the incident. The talent executive reportedly had a high alcohol level in his system when the alleged incident happened.
In March 2018, the prosecutors rejected the sexual assault allegations against Venit, stating that Venit had not made any skin contact with the victim for the charges to be valid.
the suspect did not make contact with the victim's skin when he grabbed the victim's genitals and there is no restraint involved....
After all the controversies that hung around, on 6 September 2018, Venit made a statement to leave WME with immediate effect. According to the settlement between Crews, Venit, and his talent agency, Crews was to be paid a sum of $375,000 to cover his attorney fees.
The settlement also stipulated that Venit was to resign with the condition that WME.
According to Pedestrian:
The settlement between Crews, Venit, and W.M.E. stipulates that the talent agency must pay $375,000 to Crews to cover his attorney fees, and that Venit must resign—with a provision that W.M.E. cannot rehire him in any capacity in the future.
On 10 September, Terry took it to Twitter to notify that he had accepted Venit's apologies only because he left WME.
Venit’s Wife Trina Venit Supported Him During The Allegations. Still Married To The Executive
With these allegations, Venit joined infamous Harvey Weinstein and several others such as Fox reporter Bill O’Reilly, magician David Copperfield and even actors James Franco and Ben Affleck.
While Venit’s action was in no way forgivable, he certainly doesn't deserve to be defined by his late controversies.
This was something his wife, Trina, understood well. In the September 2018 public apology letter from Venit to Crews, Venit mentions his wife had helped him look inside himself and examine the person he was and why he did the things he did.
Even if the public hasn’t forgiven Venit for his gross actions, his wife certainly seems like she has put that event in the past. Trina and Venit look as happy as ever. An important sign for the couple’s well-being.
On August 6, 2019, the couple celebrated their twenty years anniversary in style by traveling to Greece. Trina took the occasion to post pictures with her husband stating in the caption that while the couple had a few ups and downs along the way, Venit has helped her grow as a person.
The sexual allegation does not seem to have created trauma in Adam's personal life, not out in the public at least. Venit and wife Trina have been able to perpetuate the sound bond continue with all their five children, Michael, Sarah, Matthew, Olivia, and Madison. Recently, during Thanksgiving dinner, Trina took time to post pictures of her children and Adam.
Let us hope that Venit has mended his ways and found the love and support that is needed to renew past from his wife and children. And let us hope that this sets an example to the others who have found themselves in the midst of turbulent times — be it from their own doing or circumstantial.