Hollywood star Jeremy Piven has become the latest actor to find himself at the center of sexual harassment allegations after actress Ariane Bellamar accused the “Entourage” star of groping her on multiple occasions.
“Hey @jeremypiven!” she tweeted. “’Member when you cornered me in your trailer on the #Entourage set? ‘Member grabbing my boobies on the (couch) 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?”
“Jeremy Piven, on two occasions, cornered me & forcefully fondled my breasts & bum,” she continued. “Once at the mansion & once on set.”
Bellamar, who did not make clear whether she was referring to the HBO series that ran from 2004 to 2011 or the 2015 movie – both of which Pivens was a part of – went on to allege that Piven sent her “abusive, explicit texts” and could not get out of acknowledging his misdeeds.
“And, don’t try to deny it, sir,” she wrote. “@HBO has us on (tape) together, & I’m sure @sprint has electronic back-ups.”
Pivens soundly denied Bellamar’s claims.
“I unequivocally deny the appalling allegations being peddled about me,” he told the New York Daily News. “It did not happen. It takes a great deal of courage for victims to come forward with their histories, and my hope is that allegations about me that didn’t happen, do not detract from stories that should be heard.”
HBO also took a middling approach to handling Bellamar’s accusation against Piven.
“Today, via the press reports, is the first we are hearing about Airane Bellamar’s allegations concerning Jeremy Piven,” the network said. “Everyone at HBO and our production is aware that zero tolerance for sexual harassment is our policy.”