Jeremy Piven denies groping allegations
CBS/Sonja Flemming(LOS ANGELES) — Jeremy Piven is denying allegations that he groped reality star Ariane Bellamar on two separate occasions.
“I unequivocally deny the appalling allegations being peddled about me,” Piven said in a statement through his publicist Tuesday night. “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.”
On Monday, in a series of tweets, Bellamar, a former Playboy Playmate, accused Piven of “forcefully” groping her on the set of the HBO series Entourage and at the Playboy mansion. She also claims that Piven sent her “sexual” and “threatening” text messages.
‘‘Member grabbing my boobies on the [sofa] without asking?? ‘Member when I tried to leave; you grabbed me by the a**, looked at yourself in the mirror, & said what a ‘beautiful couple’ we made?” she asked.
Later she added, “I was led to @jeremypiven’s trailer by a young, blonde woman w/a clipboard (I presumed a PA) to discuss my ‘career’. My ‘potential’.”
CBS, home of Piven’s series Wisdom of the Crowd, said in a statement Tuesday, “We are aware of the media reports and are looking into the matter.”
HBO released a statement on Tuesday saying the network only learned of Bellamar’s allegations through press reports adding that “zero tolerance for sexual harassment” is the network’s policy, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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