Piven has been accused of sexual harassment by several women and CBS is investigating the claims. In response, the actor issued a statement vehemently denying that the incident ever took place, while CBS asserted that it was looking into the allegations.
"Wisdom of the Crowd" centers around eccentric tech innovator Jeffrey Tanner (Piven), who creates a crowd-sourcing website to help him solve his daughter's murder. "As a human being, I feel compassion for the victims of such acts, but I am perplexed as to the misdirection of anger with false accusations against me and hope they do not detract from the stories that should be heard".
With the ratings boost of late National Football League games, the drama, which follows a tech visionary's efforts to use crowd-sourcing to solve crimes, has been averaging 8.8 million viewers per episode over its first nine broadcasts. Cassidy Freeman accused Piven of "predatory behavior", and Tiffany Bacon Scourby claimed Piven forced her to engage in a sexual act at a NY hotel in 2003. Piven wrote on his Twitter account, adding, "Thanks for all the love, going to miss it as well".
Last week, actress Anastasia Taneie, told BuzzFeed that Piven forcibly pushed her up against a wall and groped her when she was a 23-year-old extra on "Entourage" in 2009.