The following article contains allegations of sexual misconduct that some readers may find distressing.
Jeremy Piven is categorically denying new allegations of historic sexual assault.
The former Entourage star is speaking out amid accusations from advertising executive Tiffany Bacon Scourby that Piven forced himself on her 14 years ago.
"Let me be absolutely clear, this simply did not happen," the actor told People. "I would never force myself on a woman, ever. I cannot speak as to why a person would create a story like this."
A follow-up post on Twitter had Piven admitting he was "perplexed by the misdirection of anger with false allegations" being levelled against him. His secondary statement is in full below:
Tiffany Bacon Scourby says that she turned up to meet Piven at his New York City hotel and was apparently assured his publicist would be accompanying them. However, Scourby alleged that Piven "jumped on top" of her and sexually assaulted her minutes after her arrival.
"I ran outside and hailed a cab and I just burst into tears," Scourby remembered. "I cried the entire way back to my hotel."
Piven's representatives are dismissing Tiffany Bacon Scourby's allegations as "entirely fabricated [and] a complete lie", and suggested that the actor could pass a polygraph test.
In her People interview, Scourby indicated that she was inspired to come forward following recent allegations from actress Ariane Bellamar that Piven "forcefully" groped her breasts and bottom, once on the set of Entourage and once at the Playboy Mansion.
When those claims first emerged, Piven told Digital Spy: "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."
Rape Crisis England and Wales works towards the elimination of sexual violence. If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland's helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.
Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.
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