Actor Jeremy Piven took to Twitter to deny the appalling sexual assault allegations made against him by three women, saying that he is ready to take a lie-detector test to prove his innocence.
After reality star and ‘Playboy Playmate’ Ariane Bellamar and ‘Longmire’ actress Cassidy Freeman accused the ‘Mr. Selfridge’ actor of sexually assaulting them, advertising executive Tiffany Bacon Scourby has come forward Thursday and accused Piven of sexual harassment.
According to the USA Today, Scourby, 39, opened up after a silence of 14years as she got annoyed about Piven’s denials of the allegations by the other two accusers.
In 2003, Scourby traveled to New York for a business meeting and had met Piven at a club. She said to the People, “He was very nice to me.” And because of his nice gesture, she agreed to be his guest the next day when he appeared on ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien’.
Scourby met Piven at the Trump International Hotel and Tower where he was put up. The USA Today reported that the actor jumped on top of Scourby within five minutes of their chat sitting on a couch in his room. Scourby explained that she tried to push him off but she was forced to the ground and Piven exposed his genitals and started rubbing against her body.
However, denying all accusations, Piven posted on Twitter: “Let me begin by saying that the accusations against me are absolutely false and completely fabricated. I would never force myself on a woman. Period. I have offered to take a polygraph to support my innocence.”
He added, “I keep asking myself – How does one prove something didn’t happen?”
Piven continued, “What I am not able to do is speculate as to the motivations of these women. As a human being, I feel compassion for the victims of such acts, but I am perplexed as to the misdirection of anger with false accusations against me and hope they do not detract from the stories that should be heard.”
He wrote, “We seem to be entering dark times — allegations are being printed as facts and lives are being put in jeopardy without a hearing, due process or evidence. I hope we can give people the benefit of a doubt before we rush to judgment.”
“Continuing to tear each other down and destroy careers based on mere allegations is not productive on any level. I hope we can use this moment to begin a constructive dialogue on these issues, which are real and need to be addressed,” elaborated Piven.
According to the USA Today, Piven had said, “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.”
The reality star, Ariane Bellamar thanked Scourby to be brave and courageous.
Ariane Bellamar had accused Piven of sexual harassment through her tweets last month.
Stars including Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and film-maker James Toback are also facing accusations of improper behavior.