Three extra girls are coming ahead with allegations of sexual misconduct or inappropriate habits courting again a long time towards former Entourage star Jeremy Piven after the actor vehemently denied comparable claims from three different girls in a November story by BuzzFeed Information.
In 1985, a background actor mentioned Piven adopted her right into a trailer on the set of a movie and pinned her down on a sofa. In 1996, a background additional on the set of Ellen mentioned a romantic encounter with Piven turned bodily aggressive and left her feeling threatened, after he uncovered himself to her in his Los Angeles dwelling. One other girl mentioned the actor pushed her towards the wall in a Montreal resort room round 1994 and tried to drive himself on her.
BuzzFeed Information additionally spoke to eight individuals who mentioned the ladies shared their tales with them both on the time or within the years since.
With these new accusers, the variety of girls making public allegations of sexual misconduct towards Piven now stands at eight.
As he did in November’s story, Piven vehemently denied all the ladies’s claims on this article, along with his attorneys describing them as “works of fiction” and this story as being “conjured up in an opportunistic effort to capitalize on the present media storm to be able to receive consideration and/or cash.”
His attorneys famous that he beforehand offered BuzzFeed Information with the outcomes of a polygraph take a look at, which the examiner mentioned he had handed, wherein Piven mentioned he’d by no means grabbed a lady’s genitals with out her consent or used drive to take sexual benefit of a lady.
In a written assertion for this story, Piven mentioned, “These allegations, which in a single case goes again greater than 30 years and the 2 others greater than 20 years in the past, are false. As evidenced by the lie detector take a look at I took and handed, I’ve by no means compelled myself on anybody, nor have I ever uncovered myself or restrained anybody towards their will. On the contrary, if any girl ever mentioned no, I ended.”
Piven’s attorneys threatened authorized motion towards BuzzFeed Information over this story, as they did beforehand with our November report. Shortly earlier than the publication of that piece, Piven additionally praised the reporters for his or her “due diligence.”
All three girls who spoke to BuzzFeed Information for this story, in a number of exchanges over the course of two months, mentioned they felt compelled to share their experiences as a result of they had been annoyed with Piven’s previous denials.
“For him to disclaim it, that infuriates me,” mentioned one of many girls, Susan McCain Olson. “Does it suck that it occurred? Sure. Did it wreck my life? No. However he did it.”
Within the months earlier than she began her senior yr of highschool in 1985, McCain Olson landed what she thought was the good summer time job within the Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn: being an additional on the set of a film. Lucas (1986) starred Charlie Sheen, Winona Ryder, Kerri Inexperienced, the late Corey Haim, and Jeremy Piven, then 17, in his first movie function. In keeping with McCain Olson, the setting on set was informal and members of the solid and crew had been pleasant with extras. She mentioned she even attended the wrap occasion on the conclusion of filming.
“At one level, in reality, I keep in mind the director was afraid to place me in any extra scenes as an additional as a result of it might look bizarre that we had been within the film and didn’t have traces,” she mentioned.
In the future on set, McCain Olson went into another person’s trailer to retrieve one thing for them, which she mentioned was “not an uncommon factor to occur.” That’s when she mentioned Jeremy Piven adopted her into the trailer, pinned her down on the couch, climbed on high of her, and began to kiss her. She mentioned he then tried to succeed in down her shorts and really feel up her shirt.
“At one level I form of was like, ‘That is it, that is the place I’m going to get raped,’” McCain Olson, now 51, informed BuzzFeed Information. “I saved making an attempt to push him away. I used to be like, ‘No, get off me.’”
McCain Olson mentioned she was ultimately capable of push Piven off her and go away the trailer. Shaken, she mentioned she was afraid to inform anybody else on set as a result of she was “simply an additional” and didn’t need to lose her job or trigger an issue as Piven didn’t “trouble” her once more.
“I noticed him round after as a result of we had been on the identical set however he by no means spoke to me,” she mentioned.
Laura Loftus, a childhood buddy of McCain Olson’s, informed BuzzFeed Information that McCain Olson known as her after the incident occurred in 1985 and informed her what Piven did. One other buddy, who requested to stay nameless, additionally informed BuzzFeed Information that McCain Olson introduced the incident as much as her once they first turned mates about 15 years in the past. One other shut buddy, who additionally requested to stay nameless, informed BuzzFeed Information that McCain Olson informed her in regards to the incident three years in the past when sexual assault allegations towards Invoice Cosby had been reported. Anthony Chandler, McCain Olson’s fiancé, mentioned that she informed him what occurred about two years in the past after they determined to get extra critical of their relationship.
Whereas McCain Olson informed individuals in her personal life in regards to the incident, she additionally mentioned that she didn’t publicly talk about what Piven did to her as she felt the tradition round how girls handled sexual harassment was vastly totally different within the 1980s. She mentioned it was “virtually anticipated you’d need to battle anyone off” in some unspecified time in the future, and that she didn’t have the language or understanding to explain the incident.
“In these days, sexual assault was rape and I used to be like, ‘Nicely, he didn’t rape me,’” McCain Olson mentioned. “I didn’t speak a lot about it in any respect simply because I assume it was embarrassing. Who was going to imagine me?”
A couple of years later, one other girl encountered Piven in Montreal. This girl, an govt for a outstanding worldwide group who requested to not be recognized, informed BuzzFeed Information that she met Piven whereas he was filming within the Canadian metropolis. (The girl couldn’t recall the precise date however mentioned it was round 1994; Piven had been within the metropolis to movie Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde, which was launched in 1995)
The girl, who’s now 46, mentioned she met Piven at a hair salon wherein she was working on the time and agreed to point out him round city, however made it clear she wasn’t romantically considering him. Piven informed her to fulfill him at his resort, however when she arrived she was informed by the entrance desk to go as much as his room as a result of he wasn’t prepared. She mentioned she didn’t suppose a lot of it as a result of “he was a pleasant sufficient man.” (Piven particularly denied ever assembly any girl in a Montreal hair salon or inviting her to his resort).
When she went inside, she mentioned Piven out of the blue pinned her towards the wall by grabbing her shoulders and arms whereas he tried to kiss her. She was capable of push him off her and demanded to know what he was doing. She mentioned he requested her what she got here as much as his room for.
She opened the door and left. “I didn’t need to stick round to search out out what else was going to occur,” the girl mentioned.
“As a lady … you cope with this type of factor on a regular basis. However this was somewhat extra violent than the opposite issues which have occurred to me.”
“I assume he thinks he’s this actor and he can do regardless of the hell he needs to individuals,” she continued. “As a lady … you cope with this type of factor on a regular basis. However this was somewhat extra violent than the opposite issues which have occurred to me. To have anyone drive themselves on you want that, it made me really feel very uncomfortable and grossed out.”
A longtime buddy of the manager informed BuzzFeed Information that she known as her quickly after she left the resort room and informed her what occurred. “It was contemporary, as a result of she was actually upset,” the buddy mentioned. One other longtime buddy of the girl accusing Piven mentioned that she informed him of the incident about 10 years in the past when he informed her he’d been binge-watching Entourage.
In February 1996, Diane Gonzalez was an additional on the set of the sitcom, Ellen, the place she met Jeremy Piven, who performed the function of Ellen DeGeneres’s cousin, Spence Kovak. However Gonzalez says that what began as a consensual romantic encounter between a TV star and an additional shortly turned bodily aggressive and left her feeling threatened.
Gonzalez mentioned she appeared as a background actor on Ellen thrice and visited the set six instances, since they might rehearse as soon as earlier than performing in entrance of a reside viewers. After the second night time of filming, Gonzalez mentioned Piven invited her to affix him and different members of the solid and crew for drinks. When the gathering ended, Gonzalez mentioned Piven requested her to comply with him to his home. As he walked her to her automobile so she might comply with him dwelling, he kissed her on the sidewalk. “I used to be stunned, however I form of simply went with it,” she mentioned.
Once they arrived at his dwelling, Piven gave Gonzalez a tour. After observing photos on his fridge as they chatted, she was shocked when she circled to face him, solely to see his pants had been down and he was fully uncovered. “I actually was stunned … I assume I used to be naive and I simply didn’t have intercourse on the mind,” Gonzalez mentioned. “I form of simply laughed it off … after which shortly thought, ‘What am I doing? This might go actually fallacious. So, simply form of play it cool.’”
In keeping with Gonzalez, Piven then grabbed her and began to kiss her once more, earlier than selecting her up, wrapping her legs round his waist, and taking her into his bed room. Once they bought to his bed room, Gonzalez mentioned he tossed her on his mattress, straddled himself on high of her, pinned her arms behind her head, and kissed her.
As Piven grew extra forceful, Gonzalez turned uneasy and repeatedly tried to push him to the facet, telling him she needed to go dwelling.
“The kissing was very intense and at this level his penis remains to be uncovered, in order that’s after I …[thought], ‘No, no, this isn’t proper,’” Gonzalez mentioned. “I used to be simply beginning to get very cautious to how I used to be going to react to this.”
“What I used to be saying out loud was, ‘I feel it’s time for me to go. I ought to go now,’” she mentioned.
“I feel the risk was simply how aggressive and the way sturdy he turned as he was holding me down. I simply didn’t need it to get any worse,” Gonzalez mentioned. “I simply saved telling myself, ‘Nicely, you’re alone, no one is aware of the place I’m at.’ It’s not like I informed anyone I’m going to comply with him dwelling, so I saved telling myself, ‘Okay, you gotta play this sensible now.’”
“I feel the risk was simply how aggressive and the way sturdy he turned as he was holding me down. I simply didn’t need it to get any worse.”
She mentioned Piven additionally tried to unbutton her pants however she squirmed away. “I used to be making an attempt to be considerably playful and never freak out as a result of I used to be alone, in fact, and I used to be simply stunned at how shortly issues had been advancing,” Gonzalez mentioned. “So I saved saying, ‘Okay, you understand what, I feel I have to go, it’s greatest that I go away.’ However he saved resisting.”
Gonzalez mentioned she was lastly capable of wriggle her physique away from Piven, purposefully falling out of bed to be able to get away. She then informed him she “actually wanted to go.” That’s when she mentioned the actor began to belittle her and informed her to go away.
She mentioned he was “very condescending, very belittling” and requested why she bothered to comply with him dwelling. “I am simply grateful I form of bought on the market after I did,” she mentioned.
A longtime buddy of Gonzalez’s additionally mentioned she informed her in regards to the incident across the time that it occurred. “I’ve heard the story quite a few instances,” the buddy mentioned. John Foley, Gonzalez’s associate, informed BuzzFeed Information that she shared her expertise with him once they first met two years in the past.
Piven’s attorneys mentioned that “any interplay that will have occurred between [Piven and Gonzalez], if any, was a consensual encounter.”
In his written assertion, Piven mentioned, “A number of the assertions, as associated to be by BuzzFeed, should not even bodily attainable. As one instance, there’s a declare that I grabbed the girl, began to kiss her, picked her up, and wrapped her legs round my waist. It’s onerous to know how somebody might maintain a lady and on the similar time wrap each of her legs round his waist with out the consent of the girl.”
Gonzalez informed BuzzFeed Information it took years for her to completely come to phrases along with her encounter with Piven. “The best way I defined it on the time was like, ‘Oh, issues bought somewhat uncontrolled.’ However now as an older particular person trying again, that would’ve been actually dangerous,” she mentioned. “I simply need him to be accountable for what he did.”
Like the remainder of the ladies who spoke to BuzzFeed Information for this story, the manager for the worldwide group emphasised that she selected to return ahead along with her story when she learn Piven’s denials: “I used to be like, ‘You’ll by no means drive your self on a lady?’ Sure, you’ll, since you did that to me.”
Krystie Yandoli is an leisure editor for BuzzFeed Information and is predicated in New York.
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