Published August 28, 2009
An arbitrator bought Jeremy Piven's fish tale hook, line and sinker.
The seafood-loving "Entourage" star, who quit the Broadway hit "Speed-the-Plow" pleading mercury poisoning from too much sushi, yesterday won a ruling that he had not breached his contract with the play's producers.
The decision — which guts any chance of producers recovering monetary damages from Piven — comes nearly nine months after he abruptly bowed out of the revival of the David Mamet play.
"I'm pleased with the outcome of the arbitration and to be completely vin dicated in this matter based on the facts and the medical evidence," said Piven, best known for his portrayal of hy per-aggressive Holly wood agent Ari Gold in the HBO series "Entourage."
In a prepared state ment, "Speed-the-Plow" producers said, "While we re spect the decision, we strongly disagree with it.