'Were you there?': Terry Crews slams comedian who mocked his sexual assault claim

US actor Terry Crews has snapped back at DL Hughley after the comedian who ridiculed his sexual assault claim.

DL Hughley is a US comedian who last August appeared on a talk show and discussed the #MeToo movement.

During the interview Mr Hughley said: "It's hard for me to think that a dude with all those muscles can't tell an agent not to touch his ass."

"Listen I've had agents, a lot of them. You can't touch my dick if I pay you, because I can get another you," he said.

Mr Crews accused Hollywood agent Adam Venit of groping him at an event in 2016, and police opened an investigation in 2017. 

On Sunday, Mr Crews posted the link to Mr Hughley's interview  on Twitter, and asked him if he was saying Mr Crews "wanted to be sexually assaulted".

"You told the world "God gave me muscles so I could say no...'" the actor said.

Mr Hughley responded by saying: "You saw the video!"

"Sir, you said I should have pushed him back or restrained him and I DID ALL THOSE THINGS... but you act like I didn't," Mr Crews pushed back. "Were you there?"

"That's different than slapping the shit outa him (sic)," Mr Hughley responded.

Mr Crews ended the conversation by addressing Mr Hughley's recommendation of violence.

"So sir...if you truly feel that is a correct way to deal with toxic behavior...should I slap the shit out you (sic)?"

In a separate thread, Mr Crews called out rapper 50 Cent, music producer Russell Simmons, and film producer Tariq Nasheed for also making light of his sexual assault claim.

"You decided my sexual assault was hilarious, whereas there are a whole generation of black women and men who don't think it's funny. ABUSERS PROTECT ABUSERS but they MOCK SURVIVORS as well."

He said Mr Hughley had become an example of "when comedy turns to sarcasm and cynicism".

"You mock my success, but all I ever did was support you."

Mr Hughley has backed his statements. Although not responding to Crews' tweet about slapping him, he did post to Instagram shortly afterwards with an image saying, "It's always the people that know you the least, that judge you the most."

He added the hashtags "#isaidwhatisaid", "#notakebacks" and "#itiswhatitis".