Another woman came out to accuse actor Jeremy Piven of sexual assault. In a report published on Wednesday evening by Buzzfeed News, Anastasia Taneie claimed the “Smokin’ Aces” alum assaulted her in 2009 while she was an extra on the set of the critically acclaimed series.
According to Anastasia – who was in her early twenties at the time – Piven pulled her aside and once they were alone he “forcibly pushed her against a wall” and began inappropriately groping her including on her breasts and genitals.
However, after an assistant director walked by, Piven stopped touching her and told the director that she needed to be “removed” because she came on to him, rather than the other way around.
Furthermore, Piven denied all of the misconduct claims against him and said he had to “take a polygraph test.” The results of the test were published online.
When speaking with BuzzFeed News, he said the charges “simply did not happen,” and he would “never force” himself on a woman. He claimed that he doesn’t know why someone would come up with such a story.
Taneie said it was one of the worst things she’s ever experienced and was scared that no one would ever believe her. She claimed that she didn’t want to “make a scene,” but instead wanted to “go home.”
HBO stated at the time of the case breaking open that they didn’t receive any complaints about Jeremy’s behavior while on the set of the HBO-created series. They added, “it is a priority to ensure that everyone experiences a safe and comfortable work environment.” At the moment, Piven is working on the television show, CBS’s Wisdom Of The Crowd.