WEINSTEIN SEX SAGA: ANOTHER BIG HOLLYWOOD STAR FACES SEXUAL HARASSMENT ACCUSATIONS

CBS hit series Entourage star Jeremy Piven has become the latest Hollywood figure to be accused of sexual harassment after an ex-Playboy model claimed the actor groped her breasts in his trailer.

But the Mr Selfridge actor has denied “appalling allegations” against him

Actress Ariane Bellamar claims Piven groped her on two occasions, once on the set of the Emmy winner’s show Entourage, and again at the Playboy Mansion.

It was the latest allegation in a scandal that has rocked Hollywood in the wake of Harvey Weinstein’s downfall.

Several stars are now facing accusations of inappropriate behaviour, including Kevin Spacey and film-maker James Toback.

In a statement on Tuesday, Piven, 52, said: “I unequivocally deny the appalling allegations being peddled about me.

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Jeremy Piven – latest Hollywood star to be accused of sexual harassment

“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.”

Bellamar, who is credited for roles in Suicide Squad and The Hangover Part III, used Twitter on Monday to detail the alleged harassment.

She wrote: “Jeremy Piven, on two occasions, cornered me & forcefully fondled my breasts & bum. Once at the mansion & once on set.”

She also tweeted the actor directly, writing: “Hey @jeremypiven! ‘Member when you cornered me in your trailer on the #Entourage set? ‘Member grabbing my boobies on the couch without asking??

CBS, which broadcasts Piven’s latest series Wisdom Of The Crowd, said it was “aware of the media reports and (is) looking into the matter”.

HBO, which aired Entourage, said the press reports were the first it had heard of the allegations, adding it has a “zero tolerance” policy on sexual harassment.

But Bellamar hit back at the networks on Twitter, claiming she had not been contacted by either broadcaster.

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Ariane Bellamar claims she was groped twice by the Mr Selfridge actor

On Tuesday, it was announced that production would halt on the sixth season of House Of Cards after an allegation was made against its star Spacey, 58.

The two-time Oscar winner was met with widespread condemnation when he chose to come out as gay in a statement where he apologised to Rapp and said he could not remember the alleged incident.

Meanwhile, stars including Julianne Moore, Selma Blair and Rachel McAdams were among a reported 200 women who made allegations of sexual harassment against Toback, who was nominated for an Oscar for writing 1991’s Bugsy.

Toback, 72, denied the accounts of the initial 38 women to speak up in an interview with The Los Angeles Times, but has yet to comment since further allegations surfaced.

Weinstein was sacked from The Weinstein Company, the studio he co-founded with his younger brother, and is facing police investigations in London, Los Angeles and New York.

Seven women in the UK have made allegations to the police of sexual assault against the disgraced movie mogul, who has denied all claims of non-consensual sex.

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