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CBS 'looking into' groping allegations against Jeremy Piven


CBS is "looking into" sexual harassment allegations leveled by reality star Ariane Bellamar against Jeremy Piven.

Bellamar accused the "Entourage" star of groping her in a tweet posted Monday using the hashtag #metoo.

"Hey [Jeremy Piven]!" she wrote. "'Member when you cornered me in your trailer on the #Entourage set? 'Member grabbing my boobies on the [couch] without asking??"

Bellamar continued that she tried to leave, but Piven allegedly "grabbed [her] by the ass, looked at [himself] in the mirror, and said what a 'beautiful couple' [they] made."

Late Tuesday, Piven “unequivocally” denied allegations of groping leveled by Bellamar on Monday.

In his statement, Piven wrote that the incidents Bellamar described “did not happen” and that he hopes the allegations don’t detract from stories that “should be heard.”

The full statement reads: “I unequivocally deny the appalling allegations being peddled about me. It did not happen. 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.”

Although best known for his work on HBO's "Entourage" and the British drama series "Mr. Selfridge," Jeremy Piven, 52, is a leading member of one of Chicago's most storied and illustrious theatrical families.

A graduate of Evanston Township High School, he is the son of the late Byrne and Joyce Piven, both actors and also the founders of the Evanston-based Piven Theatre Workshop, a leading theater school for young people and also still a producing non-profit theater with a loyal following dating back 45 years.

Byrne and Joyce Piven were founding members of the illustrious Playwrights Theatre Club, one of the seminal companies in the history of Chicago theater and comedy. Jeremy Piven's sister is Shira Piven, who is married to the director and producer Adam McKay. Piven's TV career took off in the early 1990s, when he became a regular player on "The Larry Sanders Show." He also famously appeared on Broadway in the 2008 revival of David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow."

Bellamar added in a third tweet that Piven had grabbed her breasts and buttocks in a separate incident at the Playboy Mansion.

She also implied that Piven had sent her "abusive, explicit" texts in a fourth tweet, warning him against trying to deny the accusations and writing "enough is ENOUGH."

CBS's statement reads, "We are aware of the media reports and are looking into the matter." Piven currently stars on the network's show "Wisdom of the Crowd," which premiered earlier this month.

Bellamar's accusations are the latest in a wave of women and men coming forward with stories of sexual harassment and assault in the entertainment industry and beyond, triggered by the Harvey Weinstein scandal in which over 60 women accused the former mogul of harassment and inappropriate behavior dating back decades. The scandal erupted after a New York Times exposé on the producer that detailed eight instances in which he settled lawsuits from women who had accused him of sexual harassment, including Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan.

Variety has reached out to Piven and Bellamar's reps for further comment.

Chris Jones contributed to this report.


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