After being hit by allegations of sexual misconduct — and subsequently passing a polygraph test professing his innocence — Jeremy Piven is now the subject of another similar claim, with a background actor claiming he sexually assaulted her on the set of the HBO hit.
In a BuzzFed expose, Anastasia Taneie describes working as an extra on “Entourage” in April 2009 when she alleges Piven approached her in a dark hallway, forcefully pushed her against a wall and grabbed her breasts and genitals.
“I was scared at the time nobody was going to believe me. I didn’t want to make a scene. I just wanted to go home,” she told BuzzFeed. “It was the most horrible thing I’ve ever experienced.”
Meanwhile, BuzzFeed reports that Taneie “is one of three women who told BuzzFeed News that they have been sexually harassed or assaulted by Jeremy Piven,” reports the website, writing that the alleged incidents date as far back as 1995, “when one woman said she had to fight Piven off when he pinned her down in her Los Angeles living room. In 2003, another woman said he forced himself on top of her in a New York hotel room and masturbated.”
After being approached by BuzzFeed about the allegations, Piven initially released a statement through his lawyers: “Let me be absolutely clear, this simply did not happen,” read Piven’s statement. “I would never force myself on a woman. I cannot speak as to why a person would create a story like this.”
Following this new allegation, Piven released another statement to Entertainment Weekly, vehemently denying Taneie’s story and describing her as “not credible.”
“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,” reads the statement, issued by a rep for the Emmy-winning actor.
“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 continues.
“Ms. Taneie is understood to have been recruited by porn actress Ms. Bellamar [the first woman to accuse Piven] to make accusations against Mr. Piven. (see, e.g., https://www.sportsplusshow.com/ariane-bellamar-exhibit-d and https://www.sportsplusshow.com/beyond-the-tweets-5). Ms. Bellamar’s lack of credibility has been well documented (https://theblast.com/jeremy-piven-polygraph-test-accusations-arianne-bellamar/),” adds the statement.
“Given all the foregoing, this person is not a reliable or credible source,” the statement concludes. “Mr. Piven, on the other hand, passed a polygraph test confirming the allegations are baseless and continues to maintain his innocence.”
Meanwhile, a rep for HBO has also issued a statement indicating that no complaints about Piven were ever received during production of “Entourage”, which aired from 2004 until 2011.
“We reviewed our records and did not receive any complaints against Jeremy Piven on Entourage,” HBO said in a statement to EW. “HBO takes sexual harassment very seriously and we make it a priority to ensure that everyone experiences a safe and comfortable work environment.”