Entourage actor Jeremy Piven is the latest in a string of Hollywood stars to be accused of sexual assault, and he is denying all of the allegations.
The allegations against Piven came after former reality star Ariane Bellamar took to her Twitter account in which she claimed that the 52-year-old actor “cornered” her and “forcefully fondled” her breasts and backside once while she was on the set of Entourage and again at the Playboy mansion.
“Hey @jeremypiven! ‘Member when you cornered me in your trailer on the #Entourage set? ‘Member grabbing my boobies on the [couch emoji] without asking?? ‘Member when I tried to leave; you grabbed me by the ass, looked at yourself in the mirror, & said what a ‘beautiful couple’ we made? #MeToo,” Bellamar tweeted.
In a second tweet she added, “Jeremy Piven, on two occasions, cornered me & forcefully fondled my breasts & bum. Once at the mansion & once on set. #MeToo @AriMelber @CNN.”
After the allegations Piven spoke out, telling E! News, “I unequivocally deny the appalling allegations being peddled about me. 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.”
Although the popular HBO series has been over since 2011, the network still released a statement in response: “Today, via the press reports, is the first we are hearing about Ariane Bellamar’s allegations concerning Jeremy Piven. 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.”