Entourage extra Anastasia Taneie says actor Jeremy Piven groped her on set in 2009, adding to the mounting pile of sexual harassment and assault accusations against him. Taneie told BuzzFeed News that Piven cornered her in a dark hallway, pushed her up against a wall, and grabbed her genitals and breasts.
“I was scared at the time nobody was going to believe me,” she said. Piven only stopped after an assistant director walked by, Taneie said, then told the AD to kick her off the set because she had come onto him. “I didn’t want to make a scene. I just wanted to go home,” Taneie said.
A number of other women have come forward to accuse Piven of sexual assault, including actress and reality TV star Ariane Bellamar, who claimed on Twitter last month that Piven had groped her in his trailer on the Entourage set, as well as at the Playboy Mansion. Advertising executive Tiffany Bacon Scourby has previously accused Piven of attacking her in a hotel room and ejaculating on her in 2003. Smallville actress Cassidy Freeman says Piven exhibited “predatory behavior” toward her. And documentary filmmaker Amy Meador told BuzzFeed that in 1995, Piven forced himself on her on her couch in her Laurel Canyon home. “It was just the harder I fought, the harder he got,” she said.
Piven, who has previously denied all allegations against him, told BuzzFeed, “I would never force myself on a woman. I cannot speak as to why a person would create a story like this.” HBO says they never received a complaint against Piven, but that they take sexual harassment allegations “very seriously.”
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