The actor is cleared for leaving the Broadway play Speed-the Plow mid-run due to mercury poisoning

By People Staff
Updated August 27, 2009 05:05 PM
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Jeremy Piven won’t be sleeping with the fishes.

An arbitrator ruled that the actor – who abruptly left the Broadway revival of David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow after suffering from mercury poisoning – did not breach contractual obligations or any personal agreements with the producers of the play for leaving.

The arbitrator stated in the decision that there was “sufficient evidence to establish that Piven’s decision was a reasonable one; that it was reasonably based, and that the contrary evidence is insufficient.”

Earlier this year, the producers filed charges with Actors Equity against Piven, who was advised by his doctor at the time to stop working because of his illness. The case got tied up in arbitration. Piven’s high mercury count was attributed to his habit of eating sushi.

“I’m pleased with the outcome of the arbitration and to be completely vindicated in this matter based on the facts and the medical evidence,” Piven said in a statement.