Three more women have come forward accusing Jeremy Piven of sexual misconduct. These recent allegations come after the Entourage star was accused of groping a woman on the set of the hit HBO show in 2009. Buzzfeed News reports that the actor currently has eight public accusations against him — but he denies all of them.
The story explains how in 1985, Jeremy allegedly followed a background actor into a trailer on the set of a film and pinned her down on a couch. It also alleges that in 1996, a background extra on the set of Ellen said a romantic encounter with the actor turned physically aggressive after he exposed himself to her in his LA home. The third woman accused him of pushing her against a wall in a hotel room and trying to force himself on her in 1994.
Just like he did with the previous allegations, the 52-year-old NYC native vehemently denies all the claims in the article. His lawyers describe them as “works of fiction” and that the Buzzfeed story is “conjured up in an opportunistic effort to capitalize on the current media storm in order to obtain attention and/or money.” He revealed a statement reading, “These allegations, which in one case goes back more than 30 years and the two others more than 20 years ago, are false. As evidenced by the lie detector test I took and passed, I have never forced myself on anyone, nor have I ever exposed myself or restrained anyone against their will. To the contrary, if any woman ever said no, I stopped.”
The response to the sexual misconduct allegations has been mixed. Some fans are in shock, while others admit it speaks to his character. “Can’t believe the things I’m reading about Jeremy Piven. He won three Emmys for Entourage?” one user shared. Another wrote, “This one I am not too surprised over. And anybody who is does not live in the world. Or observe events around them.”
“For him to deny it, that infuriates me,” accuser Susan McCain Olson said. “Does it suck that it happened? Yes. Did it ruin my life? No. But he did it.”