Former Entourage star Jeremy Piven continues to deny all claims of sexual misconduct.
To date, four women have come forward with allegations of inappropriate behavior against Piven, who allegedly took and passed a polygraph test on November 13th in an effort to prove his innocence. But still, the claims continue to mount.
On Wednesday evening, BuzzFeed News ran an article in which Anastasia Taneie, a former extra on Entourage, described a run-in with Jeremy Piven. It occurred on set in 2009, with Taneie alleging that during a break in filming, Piven “forcibly pushed her up against a wall, grabbing her breasts and genitals.”
The actor flat-out denied those latest claims, and a representative for the Emmy-winner has now turned in another statement to Entertainment Weekly.
Mr. Piven denies the situation falsely described. It did not happen. Mr. Piven took and passed a polygraph test to that effect. HBO has confirmed, with a public statement, that there has never been a single complaint about Mr. Piven arising from the production of Entourage, or otherwise.
Anastasia Taneie is not credible. It is understood that Anastasia Taneie has various aliases, and is a/k/a Anastasia Sotomayor, and a/k/a Anastasia Kisling, who is reported to have been arrested for felony burglary and spent time in jail involving a scam to rip-off and harm another man, in which she was alleged to have gotten the victim to go out on a date with her while her accomplices burglarized his home.
Piven’s statement continued:
Ms. Taneie is understood to have been recruited by porn actress Ms. Bellamar to make an accusation against Mr. Piven. Ms. Bellamar’s lack of credibility has been well documented. Given all the foregoing, this person is not a reliable or credible source. Mr. Piven, on the other hand, passed a polygraph test confirming the allegations are baseless and continues to maintain his innocence.
HBO, on the other hand, released a statement earlier in the week stressing that it “did not receive any complaints” during the time that Jeremy Piven was filming Entourage.
We reviewed our records and did not receive any complaints against Jeremy Piven on Entourage. HBO takes sexual harassment very seriously and we make it a priority to ensure that everyone experiences a safe and comfortable work environment.
Further details on this alleged scandal will likely emerge over the coming days, so stay tuned for more.