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Jeremy Piven dropped as guest on ‘The Late Show’ amid sexual harassment allegations

Jeremy Piven attends HBO's Post Emmy Awards reception held at The Plaza at the Pacific Design Center on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. .
Jeremy Piven attends HBO's Post Emmy Awards reception held at The Plaza at the Pacific Design Center on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. . Michael Tran/FilmMagic

Jeremy Piven was scheduled for an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Friday but CBS has decided not to air the prerecorded interview amid the recent sexual harassment allegations surrounding the Entourage actor.

“Jeremy Piven’s interview for Friday’s broadcast was pre-taped earlier this week on Monday, Oct. 30. Since we were unable to address recent developments in that interview, we are replacing that segment with a new guest,” a spokesperson for The Late Show said in a statement.

Piven was scheduled to appear on Friday’s episode of The Late Show to promote his show Wisdom of the Crowd.

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On Monday, Entourage guest actress Ariane Bellamar took to Twitter to claim that Piven sexually assaulted her multiple times.

Bellamar, a former reality star, described her alleged experience with the Entourage actor in a series of tweets.

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“’Member when you cornered me in your trailer on the #Entourage set?” she began. “’Member grabbing my boobies on the [couch] without asking??”

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CBS, which airs Piven’s current show Wisdom of the Crowd, responded in a statement saying: “We are aware of the media reports and are looking into the matter.”

HBO also released a statement on Tuesday, in which the network stated that employees only learned of Bellamar’s allegations through the press reports.

“Today, via the press reports, is the first we are hearing about Ariane Bellamar’s allegations concerning Jeremy Piven,” HBO said. “Everyone at HBO and our productions is aware that zero tolerance for sexual harassment is our policy. Anyone experiencing an unsafe working environment has several avenues for making complaints that we take very seriously.”

Piven denied the allegations in a statement on Tuesday, saying, “I unequivocally deny the appalling allegations being peddled about me. 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.”

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