MIAMI — Former Real Housewives of Miami star Joanna Krupa has entered the fray of the sexual harassment allegations that are sweeping Hollywood.
The reality star has accused some of the women who have claimed to have been victimized by industry power players of “trying to get famous” by sharing the stories.
Krupa, 38, has specifically come out in defense of Entourage star Jeremy Piven, 52, who was accused by Florida reality star Ariane Bellamar, 38, of sexual assault earlier this week.
“I think people are taking advantage of the whole situation with [Harvey] Weinstein, and they’re trying to make a living or they’re trying to get famous,” said Krupa. “I love Jeremy Piven, like I’ve known Jeremy Piven for a very long time. He’s like the nicest f***ing guy I’ve ever met. Jeremy never did anything wrong to me. He’s always been an amazing friend to me, so I support him.”
Krupa also claims to have heard the allegations against Weinstein a decade ago.
“Do I have any issues with him? No,” she said. “I will not say more, but come on now. I’ll just shut up right now because I’ll get me in trouble.”
Bellamar tweeted this week, “Hey @jeremypiven! ‘Member when you cornered me in your trailer on the #Entourage set? ‘Member grabbing my boobies on the [couch emoji] without asking??”
Adding, “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? Jeremy Piven, on two occasions, cornered me & forcefully fondled my breasts & bum. Once at the mansion & once on set.”
Piven responded to the accusations by stating, “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,” he added.
With an endless number of women, as well as men, coming forward with their accounts of sexual harassment and assault at the hands of Hollywood big shots, like Brett Ratner, Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman and James Toback, it stands to reason that some stories may turn out to be false.
Bellamar, specifically, has a history of conflict with men, and she is so far, the only one to have named Piven as a predator. Whereas, in the case of Weinstein, the list of accusers continues to grow with actors such as Boardwalk Empire’s Paz de la Huerta accusing the producer of forcible rape.
Meanwhile, Piven has returned to the set of his CBS show, Wisdom of the Crowd, to resume production as the network investigates Bellamar’s allegations. However, an interview the actor taped for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert earlier in the week has been yanked from tonight’s show.