Legal papers filed against Jeremy Piven? Move on already…

NEW YORK — The producers of “Speed-the-Plow” have filed a grievance with Actors’ Equity Association, the stage actors’ union, against Jeremy Piven for abruptly leaving the Broadway revival last month.

News of the filing was announced Friday by lead producer Jeffrey Richards, who declined further comment.

The actor quit the David Mamet comedy less than two months after it opened to favorable reviews at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Piven’s doctor said the 43-year-old actor was unable perform because of high levels of mercury in his system, possibly caused by eating large amounts of raw fish.

Piven’s publicist, Samantha Mast, called the producers’ claims “absurd and outrageous.”

Said Mast:

“He withdrew from the play due to medical necessity on the advice of his doctors, after he was hospitalized and warned by his physicians that enforced rest was necessary in order to avoid serious medical problems, including a heart attack,”

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