ETHS alum, actor accused of sexual misconduct


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Jeremy Piven attends the Floyd Mayweather, Jr.-Conor McGregor fight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Aug. 26, 2017. Several women have alleged sexual misconduct against the Evanston Township High School alumnus.

Samantha Handler, Assistant City Editor

Following a series of allegations that were “vehemently denied” last year, three additional women have alleged sexual misconduct against actor and Evanston Township High School alumnus Jeremy Piven, according to Buzzfeed News.

The women spoke out after their frustration over the actor denying similar claims by several other women, according to Buzzfeed News.

Jeremy Piven is the son of the late Byrne and Joyce Piven, founders of the Piven Theatre Workshop in Evanston. The decades-old theatre is both a professional venue and a “nationally acclaimed actor training center” for both children and adults, according to its website.

One woman said Piven followed her into a set trailer in 1985 and held her down, according to Buzzfeed News. Another woman said the “Entourage” actor pushed her against wall in a hotel room in the 1990s and attempted to force himself on her.

The third — a background extra who met him on the set of the Ellen DeGeneres’ sitcom “Ellen” — told Buzzfeed that a consensual romantic encounter at his Los Angeles home in 1996 turned aggressive after he allegedly exposed himself and tried to force himself on her.

Piven denied the new allegations in a written statement to Buzzfeed, saying they are false as evidenced by the lie detector test he took and passed, he said.

“I have never forced myself on anyone, nor have I ever exposed myself or restrained anyone against their will,” Piven said in the statement. “To the contrary, if any woman ever said no, I stopped.”

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