Jeremy Piven speaks out on sexual misconduct allegations
‘I have nothing to hide:’ Jeremy Piven speaks out on sexual misconduct allegations which threatened to end his career and says ‘no lie can last forever’ as he returns to Hollywood
- Actor, 57, dragged into the #MeToo movement when multiple accusations of sexual abuse were leveled against him in 2017 and 2018
- He has always denied any allegations of sexual misconduct
Jeremy Piven has spoken out on the 2017 and 2018 sexual misconduct allegations which threatened to end his career in a searing new interview.
The Mr Selfridge actor, 57, was dragged into the #MeToo movement when multiple accusations of sexual abuse were leveled against him. He has always denied any allegations of sexual misconduct.
Piven was fired by then CBS network chairman Les Moonves on the set of his drama Wisdom Of The Crowd. Moonves, who has since himself been fired over a series of allegations, felt he had no option as more accusers came forward to claim Piven has been sexually abusive
Speaking with KTLA’s Frank Buckley last week on the Frank Buckley Interviews podcast recently, Piven, who is making his Hollywood return in Sweetwater, said the allegations had forced him to ‘take ownership of his life’ and reiterated he had ‘nothing to hide.’
He said: ‘When you’re on stage doing stand up, you’re in your truth. And because I’m in my truth, and I have nothing to hide. And so you can’t look for justice … and spend your life pining away at that type of stuff.
Candid: Jeremy Piven has spoken out on the 2017 and 2018 sexual misconduct allegations which threatened to end his career in a searing new interview (pictured April 11)
Comeback: Speaking with KTLA’s Frank Buckley last week on the Frank Buckley Interviews podcast recently, Piven said the allegations had forced him to ‘take ownership of his life’
He said he had channeled his talents into doing stand-up comedy, as well as spending time with his mother and meditating as he tried to get ‘balance’ in his life.
Piven added: ‘Like the great Martin Luther King said, no lie can last forever. I know that probably your producers or someone is looking for a soundbite, but it’s not about that.
‘It’s about taking ownership of your life, and when you know your truth, you can get up on a stage anywhere when you have nothing to hide.
Piven was accused of five allegations of sexual misconduct in 2017.
BAFTA and Emmy winner Piven was said to be an ’emotional wreck’ because of the claims.
Piven was accused on Twitter of sexual harassment and assault by 38-year-old actress Ariane Bellamar at the end of October 2017 who claimed the star groped her twice, once in his trailer on the Entourage set and the other at the Playboy mansion.
That was followed by actress Cassidy Freeman who said on her Instagram page that Piven engaged in ‘predatory behavior’ against her when she was ‘far too young.’
And then two more women came forward accusing the Emmy winning actor of sexual assault and harassment.
Washington-based advertising executive Tiffany Bacon Scourby, 39, and Hawaii-based porn star Isis Taylor both say Piven attacked or harassed them.
Comeback: Piven is making his Hollywood return in film, Sweetwater
Role: Piven starred as Ari Gold on hit show Entourage, (pictured with co-star Adrian Grenier)
Piven has denied all allegations of sexual assault saying they ‘are absolutely false and completely fabricated.’
The actor played the acerbic Hollywood agent Ari Gold on the HBO series Entourage from 2004 to 2011 and in the widely panned 2015 movie.
Piven released a statement refuting Bellamar’s claims at the time.
‘I unequivocally deny the appalling allegations being peddled about me. It did not happen,’ the statement said.
‘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,’ the statement added.
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