Piven: Stop Making Fun of Me!

Play mocking mercury poisoning must stop defaming him, comedian insists
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 15, 2009 9:50 AM CDT
Jeremy Piven arrives at the premiere of "The Goods Live Hard. Sell Hard" at Planet Hollywood on Wednesday Aug. 12, 2009, in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Alaric Lambert)
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(Newser) – Jeremy Piven has had it up to here with people mocking his sushi poisoning. The comedian slapped the Public Theater with a cease-and-desist letter over The Piven Monologues, a show that explores his mercury poisoning fiasco. Piven’s attorney clarifies, “We didn't say you cannot do the play, we said you can't make defamatory statements about our client.” Somehow it seems that would make the play a lot less funny… (Read more Jeremy Piven stories.)