Jeremy Piven is facing a new allegation of sexual misconduct from the set of TV's Entourage.
Anastasia Taneie, now 30, gave an account on Facebook Live and to Buzzfeed, published Wednesday, alleging the forced interaction with Piven. Taneie said it took place when she was working as an "extra" on the HBO series in April 2009.
Piven played the role of agent Ari Gold on Entourage from 2004 to 2011, winning three Emmys for the portrayal. He's now the star of the CBS series Wisdom of the Crowd.
“I was scared at the time nobody was going to believe me. I didn’t want to make a scene. I just wanted to go home,” Taneie told Buzzfeed of the incident eight years ago. “It was the most horrible thing I’ve ever experienced.”
Taneie said she followed Piven after he struck up a conversation with her and other extras on the set.
But when they were alone in a dark hallway, she said he suddenly grabbed her, pushed her against a wall and began to grope her chest and genitals.
Taneie said Piven stopped only when an assistant director walked by. Taneie alleged that the star then told the AD to remove her from the set because she "came on" to him.
Buzzfeed spoke to other extras on the record who said they spoke to Taneie after the alleged set incident with Piven. Andy Lobo, another background actor on set that day, said he remembered Taneie coming into the room in tears revealing that Piven forced himself on her.
Taneie said she never formally complained to the show. “I was scared at the time nobody was going to believe me,” she said. “I didn’t want to make a scene. I just wanted to go home.”
USA TODAY reached out to representatives for Piven, but they did not respond late Wednesday.
Piven gave a statement to Buzzfeed through his lawyers: “Let me be absolutely clear, this simply did not happen. I would never force myself on a woman. I cannot speak as to why a person would create a story like this.”
HBO put out a statement Wednesday: "We reviewed our records and did not receive any complaints against Jeremy Piven on Entourage. HBO takes sexual harassment very seriously and we make it a priority to ensure that everyone experiences a safe and comfortable work environment."
Piven posted a denial on Twitter earlier this month rebutting other sexual misconduct allegations.
Piven has been accused by actress and reality star Ariane Bellamar of groping her on two occasions. In her tweets published Oct. 30, she alleged one encounter took place in Piven's trailer on the Entourage set, when he allegedly grabbed her breasts and bottom, and the other occurred at the Playboy Mansion.
In an Instagram post, Longmire actress Cassidy Freeman suggested she had an unwanted encounter with Piven of a sexual nature but didn't specify what happened.
Tiffany Bacon Scourby, an advertising executive in Washington, D.C., described an alleged sexual assault by Piven in a New York hotel room in 2003.
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