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- CBS is dropping the series “Wisdom of the Crowd,” which stars Jeremy Piven.
- In the past month, multiple women have accused Piven of sexual misconduct.
- Piven has adamantly denied all the allegations.
CBS has canceled its freshman drama “Wisdom of the Crowd” starring Jeremy Piven, Business Insider has learned. CBS will continue to air the original 13 episodes it ordered for this season but will not make more.
“Wisdom of the Crowd” centers on an eccentric tech innovator, Jeffrey Tanner (Piven), who creates a crowdsourcing website to help him solve his daughter’s murder.
The series had an average of about 8.3 million viewers tuning in every week, though its high ratings may have been tied to its time slot on Sunday evenings. Still, “Wisdom of the Crowd” was an audience favorite despite being widely panned by critics.
In the past month, five women have accused Piven of varying degrees of sexual misconduct.
The reality-TV actress Ariane Bellamar said in a series of tweets last month that Piven groped her while she was on the set of HBO’s “Entourage.” Piven denied Bellamar’s accusation in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
Shortly after Bellamar accused Piven, a representative for CBS said the network was aware of the accusation and was “looking into the matter.”
Other women soon came forward.
In an Instagram post, the “Longmire” actress Cassidy Freeman accused of Piven of engaging in “predatory behavior.” And an advertising executive named Tiffany Bacon Scourby said in an interview with People that in 2003 Piven pinned her down and ejaculated on her in his hotel room.
Piven denied Scourby’s account in a statement to People.
“Let me be absolutely clear, this simply did not happen,” he said. “I would never force myself on a woman, ever. I cannot speak as to why a person would create a story like this.”
Piven then wrote a lengthier statement on Twitter denying all of the accusations against him and offering to take a polygraph test.
“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,” Piven said. “I hope we can give people the benefit of a doubt before we rush to judgment.”
Most recently, Anastasia Taneie, an actress, told BuzzFeed News in an article published last week that Piven groped her on the set of “Entourage” in 2009. Taneie said Piven grabbed her breasts and genitals and forced her up against a wall in a darkened hallway.
Amy Meador also told BuzzFeed News that Piven assaulted her in 1995 at her home in Laurel Canyon.
Meador said that after exchanging phone numbers at a coffee shop and setting up a date with Piven, the actor stood her up. Months later, Piven showed up at her home unannounced, she said.
Meador told BuzzFeed News she invited Piven in to watch some TV, and then after about an hour, he tried to force himself on her. Meador said she was able to kick him off her and that Piven then locked himself in her bathroom with her phone for about 20 minutes before she could get him out of her home.
Piven’s representatives shared with BuzzFeed News the results of a polygraph test they said the actor took on November 13, during which Piven said he had never touched a woman’s genitals without consent and again denied all the allegations against him, the report said. The polygraph examiner told the outlet that Piven passed the test.
Piven did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.