Jeremy Piven today celebrated his court victory over the producers of Speed-the-Plow, who sued the actor after he dropped out of their production. He said he got "mercury poisoning" from fish. The National Fisheries Institute wants you to remain skeptical.
The Institute, a fancy sounding organization that represents the nation's seafood industry, kindly reminds us all that Piven's case remains an aberration and that he has a history of being a big cry baby:
Despite the fact that the arbitrator ruled in Piven's favor, NFI cautions reporters and editors to continue to treat Piven's statements with skepticism. It is important to note that no peer reviewed medical journal has ever published any evidence of a case of methylmercury poisoning caused by the normal consumption of commercial seafood in the U.S. This ruling does not change that simple scientific fact. It is also important to note that Piven previously claimed to have been diagnosed with the Epstein-Barr virus during the first week of rehearsals, a claim that has curiously be absent from most news coverage.
Word to Piven, don't go fishing anytime soon. These people have your number.