Jeremy Piven of Entourage and Wisdom of the Crowd fame was accused of sexual assault by reality star Ariane Bellamar. The actor immediately issued a statement to deny the groping allegations hurled against him.
On Oct. 30, Bellamar launched a series of tweets that calls out the Emmy-winning actor. She claimed that Piven forcefully fondled her chest and derriere on two occasions – one the set of Entourage and the other time, at the Playboy Mansion. The reality star stated that the incident took place several years ago.
In one of her tweets, she said, “Member when you cornered me in your trailer on the #Entourage set? ‘Member grabbing my boobies on the couch without asking??”
Ariane Bellamar narrated that her first encounter with Jeremy Piven happened inside a trailer while filming Entourage. Based on her post, she was led to a trailer by someone whom she thought was a PA (personal assistant) because she was holding a clipboard. She added that she was supposedly called in to discuss work and her potentials but she was abused instead.
In response to the claims, Jeremy Piven vehemently denied the allegations saying,
“I unequivocally deny the appalling allegations being peddled about me. It did not happen,” he said in a statement to Deadline.
He added, “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.”
Many people showed their support to Ariane Bellamar but others slammed her and posted shame messages on her social media. Moreover, after using the trending #MeToo hashtag, she was accused of simply taking advantage of its popularity to gain attention for herself. On the other hand, those who support her praised her bravery and sent wishes for her claims to be proven.
Meanwhile, CBS and HBO also responded following Ariane Bellamar’s statements against Jeremy Piven. A representative from HBO stated that they only learned about the incident through the earlier press reports.
The rep also said this is the first time they are hearing about Bellamar’s accusations vs. Piven but they take complaints very seriously as zero tolerance for sexual harassment is their policy.
Likewise, CBS, the network that airs Piven’s new series, Wisdom of the Crowd, revealed that it is investigating the allegations against Jeremy Piven. The actor is the latest Hollywood star to be embroiled in the expanding sexual harassment cases that started with women accusing film mogul, Harvey Weinstein, of sex abuse.
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