No seeming end to sex assault allegations

CBS is investigating a sexual harassment allegation against Jeremy Piven, the latest Hollywood figure caught up in a widening circle after dozens of women alleged they were sexually harassed or assaulted by fallen movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Actress and reality star Ariane Bellamar claimed in posts on Twitter Monday that the Emmy-winning “Entourage” star groped her on two occasions.

Bellamar reported that one encounter was in Piven’s trailer on the show’s set — he allegedly grabbed her breasts and butt — and the other was at the Playboy Mansion.

Meanwhile, Gilles Marini — who gained fame in 2008 as the love interest of sex-crazed Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall) in “Sex and the City: The Movie” — also reports sexual misconduct, though he didn’t name names.

The French-born model and actor told People, “I was approached by extremely powerful people … I became a piece of meat for many executives in Hollywood.”

Finally, for now anyway, Netflix has changed its tune about “House of Cards.” On Tuesday, the company announced that production on the show’s final season has been stopped in the wake of Anthony Rapp’s accusation that Kevin Spacey accosted him decades ago.

MTT GIVES NOTICE

On Tuesday, San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas announced that he’ll step down from the post in June 2020, after the 2019–20 season, which will mark his 75th birthday and his 25th year leading the world-class band.

In a press statement, he said, that, having conducted orchestras for most of his adult life, “I feel this is an appropriate moment to set aside some of my administrative responsibilities and begin a new period of creative possibilities.”

With a new title, music director laureate of the San Francisco Symphony, he’ll still be associated with the organization.

San Francisco Symphony President Sakurako Fisher said, “We look forward to continuing to support his vision, ideas, and innovation around what an orchestra can mean to its community.”

FINE FOOD NEWS

Michelin, which delayed its announcement of star selections for its 2018 San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country Guide due to the devastating North Bay fires, recently released the new honorees. Earners of the top three-star award are: The French Laundry (chef Thomas Keller), Restaurant at Meadowood (chef Christopher Kostow), Benu (chef Corey Lee), Saison (chef Joshua Skenes), Manresa (chef David Kinch, Quince (chef Michael Tusk), and, new to the list, Coi (Matthew Kirkley).

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Baseball player Coco Crisp is 38. … Actress Jenny McCarthy is 45. … Actress Toni Collette is 45. … Singer Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chili Peppers is 55. … Apple CEO Steve Cook is 57. … Singer Lyle Lovett is 60.

— Staff, wire reports

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