Jeremy Piven recently joined the ever-growing list of Hollywood men accused of illegal grossness after actress and former Playboy Playmate Ariane Bellmar accused him of groping her at the Playboy mansion and in his trailer on the set of Entourage. Unlike, let’s say, Kevin Spacey, who countered gross accusations with, “If I did it, I guess I was drunk?“, Jeremy Piven has a much more black-and-white response. He swears it didn’t happen.
Jeremy released a statement to Deadline, denying everything, and he takes a swipe at Ariane by accusing her allegations of taking attention away from the real groping stories.
“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.”
But just because Jeremy Piven says he’s an innocent choir boy, doesn’t mean he’s out of the creep woods just yet. Since Ariana claims The Piv groped her on the set of Entourage, HBO issued a statement.
“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.”
Jeremy is currently starring on CBS’s Wisdom of the Crowd. CBS has also issued a statement to Deadline; they say they’re investigating the situation.
“We are aware of the media reports and are looking into the matter.”
Or are they? According to Ariane Bellmar, no one has asked for her side of the story yet.
— Ariane Bellamar (@ArianeBellamar) November 1, 2017
Ariane has also called out HBO as well. According to Ariane, the reason she was in Jeremy Piven’s trailer in the first place is because she was allegedly led there by an HBO production assistant so hey could discuss her “career potential.” I don’t know if I want to put too much blame on HBO for leading a woman to his trailer. After all, this is Jeremy Piven. I’m not making accusations here, but he gives off the sleazy vibe of a dude who would request that all his trailer visitors be women. Even trailer maintenance people. “Listen Rick, I know you’ve just here to fix the AC, but it would make me a whole lot more comfortable if you wore this pretty blonde wig while you’re doing it.”