- The Washington Times - Friday, November 10, 2017

“Entourage” star Jeremy Piven has offered to take a polygraph test after a third woman came forward to accuse him of sexual assault.

“Let me begin by saying the accusations against me are absolutely false and completely fabricated,” Mr. Piven, 52, said in a statement posted on Twitter Thursday evening. “I would never force myself on a woman. Period.”

His statement comes after actresses Ariane Bellamar, Cassidy Freeman and advertising executive Tiffany Bacon Scourby accused Mr. Piven of inappropriate sexual behavior. Ms. Bellamar accused the actor of groping her on the set of “Entourage” and at the Playboy Mansion. Ms. Freeman accused him of “predatory behavior” following an alleged incident in his hotel room. And Ms. Scourby said he allegedly forced himself onto her and pulled out his genitals at the Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York City in 2003.

Mr. Piven has vehemently denied the allegations.

“I have offered to take a polygraph to support my innocence,” the actor wrote Thursday. “What I am not able to do is speculate as to the motivations of these women. As a human being I feel compassion for the victims of such acts, but I am perplexed as to the misdirection of anger and false accusations against me and hope they do not detract from the stories that should be heard.

“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,” he said. “I hope we can give people the benefit of a doubt before we rush to judgment. Continuing to tear each other down and destroy careers based on mere allegations is not productive on any level. I hope we can use this moment to begin a constructive dialogue on these issues, which are real and need to be addressed.”

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