Jeremy Piven slams sexual assault allegations

The 52-year-old actor has been accused of groping Playboy Playmate Ariane Bellamar on the set of his TV show 'Entourage'.

Jeremy Piven attends the 2017 CBS Upfront on 17 May 2017 in New York City. Picture: Getty Images/AFP

LONDON - Jeremy Piven has denied claims he groped a Playboy Playmate on two occasions.

The 52-year-old actor has been accused of groping Playboy Playmate Ariane Bellamar on the set of his TV show _Entourage _- in which he played Ari Gold for eight seasons between 2004 and 2011 - and again at the Playboy Mansion, but he insists the claims are false.

Bellamar tweeted on Monday: "Hey @Jeremy Piven! 'Member when you cornered me in your trailer on the Entourage set? 'Member grabbing my boobies on the [couch] without asking??

Member when I tried to leave; you grabbed me by the ass, looked at yourself in the mirror, & said what a 'beautiful couple' we made? #MeToo

"Jeremy Piven, on two occasions, cornered me & forcefully fondled my breasts & bum. Once at the mansion & once on set. (sic)"

In response, Piven insisted the alleged incidents "did not happen" and hoped Ariane's claims "do not detract" from other women who have come forward with claims of sexual misconduct against them in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

He said in a statement: "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."

HBO, who broadcast Entourage, insisted they had no idea about the claims.

They said in a statement: "Today, via the press reports, is the first we are hearing about Ariane Bellamar's allegations concerning Jeremy Piven.

"Everyone at HBO and our productions is aware that zero tolerance for sexual harassment is our policy. Anyone experiencing an unsafe working environment has several avenues for making complaints that we take very seriously."

And CBS, which airs Piven's 'Wisdom of the Crowd' said they are "looking into the matter".

However, Bellamar insists they haven't reached out to her or her team.

She wrote on Twitter: So interesting that @CBS stated today that they are investigating the @jeremypiven issue, yet neither myself or my reps have been contacted.

"Not much of an investigation if you're only investigating one party, no? (sic)"