One of the women accusing Jeremy Piven of sexual assault is directly refuting “Entourage” actor Kevin Dillon, who claimed he never saw his co-star “do anything like that.”
Actress Ariane Bellamar, who alleged that Piven groped her on more than one occasion, told the Daily News on Saturday that Dillon’s lies “do not surprise” her.
“He (Dillon) was on set, in my scene, at the Playboy mansion the day Jeremy Piven assaulted me while we were filming the ‘Aquamansion’ episode of Entourage,” she said in a statement to The News.
“Although Dillon was not present during the worst of it, as that took place when I was led into the dimly lit courtyard in-between takes, he surely saw more than enough during our time filming that easily constituted blatant sexual harassment/aggression by Piven towards me, and even made lewd jokes about it.”
Bellamar, who first accused Piven of assault in a series of tweet on Oct. 31, said Dillon was aware of the “culture” on the set of “Entourage” and that the allegations certainly shouldn’t be labeled a “witch hunt” as Dillon told TMZ in a video posted Saturday.
“These tactics to discredit his victims share many similarities with those used in the long-running (Harvey) Weinstein cover-up,” she continued.
Jeremy Piven has been accused by multiple women of sexual assault.
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Reps for Dillon did not immediately respond to a Daily News request for comment.
Dillon, best-known for his portrayal of Johnny Drama on “Entourage,” defended his co-star Piven amid the multiple allegations of sexual assault against the actor in a video obtained by TMZ.
“I think he’s getting railroaded here,” Dillon told TMZ.
“I’ve never seen him do anything like that … been nothing but a gentlemen,” the actor continued.
Anastasia Taneie, another actress who claimed Piven groped her on the set of “Entourage,” told the Daily News that Dillon was on set when she was “attacked,” but said he didn’t see the incident occur.
Actress Ariane Bellamar said she wasn’t surprised Kevin Dillon stood up for his pal Jeremy Piven, noting that Dillon saw harassment behavior on the set of “Entourage.”
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Taneie told The News it was during filming for the episode “Amongst Friends,” which aired in 2009.
“Also (I) know him (DILLON) to be good friends of Jeremy of course he will say it’s a witch hunt,” she said. “Monsters like them will say anything to cover their back.”
It appeared Dillon was not aware that Piven’s CBS series “Wisdom of the Crowd” would not be picked up for another season in the wake of the allegations, and called it a “good show.”
After the photographer informed Dillon of the recent firing of Matt Lauer over sexual misconduct allegations, he responded: “It’s a witch hunt. It’s a witch hunt.”
When pressed further on whether that’s really how he felt, Dillon responded, “a little bit.”
Kevin Dillon is standing by his friend Jeremy Piven, who is accused of sexual assault by multiple women.
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Piven, 52, has been accused by multiple women of sexual assault.
Tiffany Bacon Scourby claimed to People the actor forced himself onto her and pulled out his genitals after a 2003 meeting at a nightclub in New York.
He vehemently denied the allegations in a statement.
“Let me be absolutely clear, this simply did not happen,” he told People. “I would never force myself on a woman, ever. I cannot speak as to why a person would create a story like this.”
Actress Cassidy Freeman, wrote on Instagram that he displayed “predatory behavior” when she was “far too young” without going into any further detail.
Stars accused of sexual harassment and assault
Bellamar claimed she was groped both on the set of “Entourage” and at a party at the Playboy Mansion. She also claimed he sent her “abusive, explicit texts.”
“Hey @jeremypiven! ‘Member when you cornered me in your trailer on the #Entourage set? ‘Member grabbing my boobies on the (couch) without asking?? ‘Member when I tried to leave; you grabbed me by the a–, looked at yourself in the mirror, & said what a ‘beautiful couple’ we made?” Bellamar tweeted in late October.
Taneie shared with BuzzFeed that Piven reportedly groped her on the set of “Entourage” in April 2009 when she was 23.
“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,” she told BuzzFeed. “It was the most horrible thing I’ve ever experienced.”
Piven reportedly passed a lie detector test involving questions about the alleged encounters, according to documents obtained by The Blast.
“I unequivocally deny the appalling allegations being peddled about me. It did not happen,” he said in a statement to the Daily News.
“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.”