Jeremy Piven denies sexual assault allegations from multiple women

Published: Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 9:00 PM

Jeremy Piven is denying accusations of sexual assault after three women have come forward.
Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images/Getty Images
Jeremy Piven is denying accusations of sexual assault after three women have come forward.(Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images/Getty Images)

After days of reports of accusations of sexual assault, former “Entourage” actor Jeremy Piven has issued a statement denying allegations.

On Oct. 30, former Playboy model and reality star Ariane Bellamar tweeted that she was cornered by Piven in his trailer years ago and groped.

On Nov. 1, actress Cassidy Freeman accused Piven of “predatory behavior” in an Instagram post that has since been deleted, but was captured in a screenshot by Deadline.

In the post, which had a screenshot of an article in which Piven said he “unequivocally” denied Bellamar’s accusations, Freeman said Piven attempted an unspecified interaction with her.

“I know what you did and attempted to do to me when I was far too young. THAT I know,” Freeman wrote. “And you know it too. Unless there were so many of us, that you can’t remember.”

Her representatives had no comment on the matter when reached by Deadline.

>> Read more trending news

Advertising executive Tiffany Bacon Scourby spoke to People about her interactions with Piven after Bellamar and Freeman’s accusations. Her account was published by People Thursday.

Scourby said she met Piven at a New York work event in Oct. 2003. He gave her his number and invited her to be his guest as he was set to appear on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” the next day, Scourby said. Nothing happened until the next day, when she met him around 11 a.m. at the Trump International Hotel & Tower where he was staying. 

Scourby said she was sitting next to Piven on a couch in the actor’s suite wiating to his publicist to show up when Piven forced himself on her.

“He jumped on top of me. I tried to push him off and he forced me to the ground,” she said, adding that she remained fully clothed, but that Piven exposed himself and rubbed up against her.

“I pushed him off of me and ran down the short hallway to get to the door,” she said. “I ran outside and hailed a cab and I just burst into tears. I cried the entire way back to my hotel.”

Piven, 52, denies Scourby’s claim.

“Let me be absolutely clear, this simply did not happen. I would never force myself on a woman, ever,” Piven said in a statement to People. “I cannot speak as to why a person would create a story like this.”

According to a representative for Piven, had the actor taken a polygraph test, it would prove the accusations are false.

“He’s now looking at legal options,” the representative said. 

The actor released a statement on Twitter Thursday after Scourby’s accusation in People.

“Let me begin by saying that the accusations against me are absolutely false and completely fabricated,” Piven said in the statement. “I would never force myself on a woman. Period. I have offered to take a polygraph to support my innocence. I keep asking myself, ‘How does one prove something didn’t happen?’ 

“What I am not able to do is speculate as to the motivations of these women. As a human being I feel compassionate 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.

“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.”

Christmas display in California sets world record

Published: Saturday, November 25, 2017 @ 4:04 AM

Christmas tree.
Portland Press Herald/Press Herald via Getty Images
Christmas tree.(Portland Press Herald/Press Herald via Getty Images)

The executive director of a California holiday display said San Jose's Christmas in the Park has set a Guinness world record, KGO reported.

>> Read more trending news

Jason Minsky said the 600 illuminated Christmas trees in one location set the world record. The paperwork has been accepted by Guinness, KGO reported. It will become official after Christmas in the Park documents all of the trees on video.

According to the Guinness World Records website, the previous record was 559, held by the Hallmark Channel’s Christmas tree maze at Herald Square in New York City.

The official lighting of the 38th annual Christmas in the Park tree display in San Jose occurred Friday night. The display will remain open through Jan. 7, KGO reported.

Tom Baker to make cameo appearance in lost 'Doctor Who' episode

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 4:23 AM

Actor Tom Baker will appear in a
Actor Tom Baker will appear in a "Doctor Who" episode that has been unfinished for 38 years.(Dan Dennison/Getty Images)

Tom Baker, who starred in “Doctor Who” from 1974 to 1981, is returning to the BBC’s cult television series in a cameo role in a completed version of an episode that was never finished, the New Musical Express reported.

>> Read more trending news

Baker, 83, will appear in “Shada,” an episode that was left unfinished 38 years ago. Baker starred as the fourth Doctor in the long-running series.

Baker said the Doctor character “probably never left me.”

“That’s why I can’t say away from it, it was a lovely time of my life,” he told the BBC.

“Shada” is available to buy as a digital download and is set for release on DVD and Blu-ray on Dec. 4, the New Musical Express reported.

David Cassidy’s younger brother Shaun offers touching tribute on Twitter

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 5:02 PM

Musicians and brothers Shaun and David Cassidy photographed together in January of 1994.
Time Life Pictures/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images
Musicians and brothers Shaun and David Cassidy photographed together in January of 1994.(Time Life Pictures/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Teenage heartthrobs run in the Cassidy family. David Cassidy’s younger brother, Shaun Cassidy, who was also a teen idol and singer in the 1970s, remembered his late brother with a touching tribute on Twitter after the pop culture icon’s death Tuesday from organ failure.

>> Read more trending news

“When I was a little boy and my big brother would come to visit, the first call of business would be a punishing pillow fight. During the battle, he would regale me with hysterical stories of our father, often culminating in his taking a giant leap off my top bunk,” Cassidy posted on Twitter, along with a black and white photo of the boys as children.

“I tried to catch him of course. I always tried to catch him. But I never could. Now, I will carry him, along with all of the funny/sad/extraordinary days we shared, none more filled with love than these last few at his side.”

>> Related: ‘Partridge Family’ star, ‘70s teen idol David Cassidy dead at 67

Eight years younger than David, Shaun was the oldest son of Jack Cassidy and Shirley Jones, while David was Jack’s only child with his first wife, Evelyn Ward. In addition to being his step-mother, Shirley Jones played David Cassidy’s on-screen mother in the ‘70s musical sit-com “The Partridge Family.”

The relationship between Cassidy and his family was strained over the past years over his battle with alcoholism. Several months before his death, a video of Cassidy struggling to perform at a live show raised concerns about his well-being. Family and fans thought he had relapsed, instead he revealed he was suffering from dementia.

Regardless of past estrangements, his family rushed to his side after hearing of his hospitalization. A source told People magazine, Cassidy “was delighted to see them … There’s been total resolution within the family. They will always be there for him.”

David Cassidy passed away in a Florida hospital on Nov. 21. at the age of 67.

An outpouring of tributes came from celebrities, including Danny Bonaduce — who played David’s television brother — John Stamos, Marie Osmond and Carnie Wilson.

>> Related: Music legend and 'Touched by an Angel' star Della Reese dead at 86

Cassidy is survived by half-brothers Shaun, Patrick and Ryan; daughter Katie Cassidy and son, actor Beau Cassidy.

Jimmy Fallon, Maroon 5 pull street performing prank in NYC subway station

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 5:02 PM

Adam Levine (L) and James Valentine of Maroon 5 busked in a NYC subway with Jimmy Fallon (not pictured) on
Adam Levine (L) and James Valentine of Maroon 5 busked in a NYC subway with Jimmy Fallon (not pictured) on "The Tonight Show."(Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

An oddly familiar-looking band of street musicians treated New York subway commuters to a jam session, and it turns out it was made up of Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and James Valentine and “The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon in disguise. Disguised as buskers -- people who perform in public for donations -- the trio performed a rousing rendition of Elvis Presley’s “Love Me Tender” and the Maroon 5 hit. “Sugar” at the 50th Street subway station

>> Read more trending news

The commuters weren’t in on the joke, and their reactions when the subway musicians’ revealed their true identities were priceless.

This isn’t the first time Fallon has pulled this busking prank. Previously, he went undercover with his good friend, Miley Cyrus, to surprise a bunch of rowdy tourists. 

After devising new identities — with Cyrus becoming “Charlene” and Fallon playing “Bart” — the pair donned their disguises and headed to the Rockefeller Center subway station. “No one knows that this is going to happen,” Fallon told viewers before he began busking with Cyrus. “No one knows that it’s Miley Cyrus. Let’s do this.”