The producers of the Broadway play titled "Speed the Plow" filed a grievance with Actors' Equity against actor Jeremy Piven, who left the Broadway show in the middle of its run. Ill health due to mercury poisoning has been cited as reason. On Saturday a famous newspaper of United States has brought out this report.
In a statement Jeffrey Richards, one of the lead producers of the David Mamet play added that a grievance had been filed with the union over the departure of Piven sometime during last month. Also a date for proceedings by the union is yet to be determined.
Citing a person who had been briefed on the producers' concerns, another famous newspaper of United States reported that they wanted an independent evaluation by Equity of the medical evidence and also of Piven's supposed history of trying to leave the show early.
It was also unclear whether financial compensation was being sought. However Richards was not found to put forth comment.
Samantha Mast, the spokeswoman of Piven referred the claims as "absurd and outrageous." He further added that Piven quit the show due to "medical necessity on the advice of his doctors, after he was hospitalized."
Briefing the reporters of a popular news channel of United States this Emmy-award winning star, who has been the target of jokes by television hosts and comedians since leaving "Speed the Plow," told that the mercury in his system was six times the normal limit.
An Equity spokeswoman said a grievance committee was compelled to meet and consider the matter within thirty days. However further details of the case was not being disclosed till date.