Actor Jeremy Piven, best known for his work on the series Entourage, is the latest Hollywood personality accused of sexual misconduct. The accusations come from TV personality Ariane Bellamar, who says she was non-consensually groped in a trailer on the set of the notorious HBO series.
Piven has denied the allegations in a statement given to Deadline: “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.”
Both CBS (who runs the critically panned show Wisdom of the Crowd, on which Piven currently stars) and HBO have responded to the accusations.
From CBS: “We are aware of the media reports and are looking into the matter,” said a spokesperson Tuesday.
And from HBO: “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.”
The fate of Wisdom of the Crowd remains unclear as other networks have already begun halting production on shows in which leads have been accused of sexual assault. Deadline reports that the network had ordered three backup scripts while deciding on a possible pickup beyond the initial 13 episode run.
Accusations against a handful of male personalities in the entertainment continue to appear online in the wake of a massive Harvey Weinstein expose which launched a formidable social media campaign against sexual harassment.
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