Jeremy Piven Faces New Allegations of Sexual Misconduct
Three more women have now spoken out against actor Jeremy Piven, accusing him of sexual misconduct that spans decades.
In an article published Saturday, Buzzfeed explained that the women decided to go public with their stories after they were upset that Piven adamantly denied previous accusations made in November 2017.
The first woman, Susan McCain, said she encountered Piven while working as an extra on the 1986 film Lucas. According to Buzzfeed, at one point during filming, "Jeremy Piven followed her into the trailer, pinned her down on the sofa, climbed on top of her, and started to kiss her. She said he then tried to reach down her shorts and feel up her shirt."
McCain said she managed to push Piven off and leave the trailer but didn't report the incident because she didn't want to lose her job.
The second woman, who wished to remain anonymous, said she met Piven while he was filming Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde in Montreal in 1994. She offered to show him around town but said she made it clear she wasn't interested in anything romantic.
Still, when she showed up at Piven's hotel, he lured her to his room, she said. There, he pushed her against a wall and tried to kiss her until she managed to get away.
"I guess he thinks he’s this actor and he can do whatever the hell he wants to people," the woman said. "As a woman... you deal with this kind of thing all the time. But this was a little more violent than the other things that have happened to me. To have somebody force themselves on you like that — it made me feel very uncomfortable and grossed out."
According to Buzzfeed, Piven denies ever having met her.
The third woman, Diane Gonzalez, said her relationship with Piven started as consensual but he became aggressive one night at his house after exposing himself to her.
"I really was surprised... I guess I was naive and I just didn’t have sex on the brain," Gonzalez said. "I kind of just laughed it off... and then quickly thought, 'What am I doing? This could go really wrong. So, just kind of play it cool.'"
But Gonzalez said Piven's behavior escalated: he carried her upstairs to his bedroom, put her on the bed, straddled her and held her arms above her head while he kissed her. Gonazlez said she told him repeatedly that she wanted to go home.
When she was finally able to get away from Piven, Gonzalez told him she really needed to go, she said. He reportedly responded by belittling her and then told her to go.
Piven has denied all of the new accusations. He said in a statement to Buzzfeed, "These allegations, which in one case goes back more than 30 years and the two others more than 20 years ago, are false. As evidenced by the lie detector test I took and passed, I have never forced myself on anyone, nor have I ever exposed myself or restrained anyone against their will. To the contrary, if any woman ever said no, I stopped."
In total, eight women have now come forward with stories of Piven's alleged sexual misconduct.