A decision has been announced by the arbitrator of the legal case that pitted the producers of the Broadway play Speed-the-Plow against actor Jeremy Piven and Actors’ Equity Association, and he has ruled in favor of Piven and AEA. The trouble began late last year when Jeremy Piven suddenly departed from the Broadway production of Speed-the-Plow in which he was starring, reportedly due to high levels of mercury in his system from excessive sushi consumption (the Entourage actor has been plagued by fish jokes ever since). Not exactly convinced that Piven’s sudden withdrawal from the show – which forced a scramble to replace him with another bankable star – was necessary, the Speed-the-Plow producers subsequently filed a grievance with Actors’ Equity which later went into arbitration. Although the arbitrator has officially determined that Piven’s decision to leave the show was reasonable, the incident did do some damage to the actor’s reputation in terms of his reliability, and the sushi jokes are still going strong.
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