Piven strongly denied the allegations in a statement sent to USA TODAY.
“I unequivocally deny the appalling allegations being peddled about me,” said Piven in a statement provided by his rep, Jennifer Allen. “It did not happen. It takes a great deal of courage for victims to come forward with their histories, and my hope is that the allegations about me that didn’t happen, do not detract from stories that should be heard.”
Actress and reality star Ariane Bellamar claimed in posts on her Twitter account Monday that the Emmy-winning Entourage star groped her on two occasions.
Bellamar alleged that one encounter took place in Piven’s trailer on the Entourage set, when he allegedly grabbed her breasts and bottom, and the other occurred at the Playboy Mansion.
“Today, via the press reports, is the first we are hearing about Ariane Bellamar’s allegations concerning Jeremy Piven,” HBO said. “Everyone at HBO and our productions is aware that zero tolerance for sexual harassment is our policy. Anyone experiencing an unsafe working environment has several avenues for making complaints that we take very seriously.”
“We are aware of the media reports and are looking into the matter,” CBS said in its statement.
Piven starred in Entourage for all eight seasons, taking home three Emmys for Comedy Supporting Actor. He reprised the role of Ari Gold, a volcanic Hollywood agent, in the recent movie sequel to the series, which was panned by critics and underperformed at the box office. Piven completed his fourth season as the titular character in PBS’ Mr. Selfridge last year, and currently plays the lead role in CBS’s procedural Wisdom of the Crowd.
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