Actor Jeremy Piven said “we seem to be entering dark times” on public allegations of sexual misconduct while fiercely denying such claims against himself.
“Let me begin by saying that the accusations against me are absolutely false and completely fabricated,” he said in a statement Thursday. “I would never force myself on a woman. Period.”
“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,” Piven added.
“I hope we can give people the benefit of the doubt before we rush to judgment. Continuing to tear down and destroy careers based on mere allegations is not productive on any level.”
Advertising executive Tiffany Bacon Scourby on Thursday became the third woman to accuse Piven of sexual misconduct against her.
“He jumped on top of me,” she said of an encounter she had with Piven in New York City in 2003 that ultimately ended in her getting sexually assaulted.
Actress Cassidy Freeman also accused Piven of sexual misconduct in an Instagram post that has since been deleted.
“I know what you did and attempted to do to me when I was far too young,” she said, according to People. “THAT I know. And you know it too.”
Reality television star and Playboy playmate Ariane Bellamar became the first woman to level sexual misconduct allegations against Piven on Oct. 30.
“Jeremy Piven, on two occasions, cornered me & forcefully fondled my breasts & bum,” she tweeted.
Scores of women have shared their experiences with sexual assault and harassment after bombshell revelations about Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein last month.
Multiple women – including such major actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie – accused Weinstein of sexually harassing them.
Weinstein has denied the allegations against him, but he was forced out from the powerful movie production firm he co-founded.