The sexual harassment and abuse allegations against Ryan Seacrest won’t keep him from working the red carpet Oscar night. E! has confirmed Seacrest will be doing red carpet hosting duties before the Academy Awards on Sunday.
He’ll also continue on with other projects with the company, like the American Idol revival. In Variety Monday, former E! stylist Suzie Hardy accuses Seacrest of “years of unwanted sexual aggression,” ranging from sexual harassment like pursuing her despite her refusal, to physical assault like groping her vagina and slapping her buttocks.
On the syndicated Live With Kelly And Ryan Tuesday morning, co-host Ryan Seacrest made no mention of the sexual harassment allegations made against him by his former personal stylist. As for the broadcast morning shows, the Today show and CBS This Morning reported the story.
The allegations were first made in a Nov. 10 letter from Hardy’s attorney to Seacrest, E! and the cable channel’s corporate parent, NBCUniversal. In November, a week after being contacted by Hardy’s attorney, he issued a public statement saying that “someone that worked as a wardrobe stylist for me nearly a decade ago at E! News” had issued a complaint against him, without revealing the specifics of the allegation.
“Over the course of a two-month process, our outside counsel interviewed more than two dozen people regarding the allegations, including multiple separate meetings with the claimant and all firsthand witnesses that she provided,” according to a statement issued by E! Tuesday. “The investigator is an attorney with nearly 20 years’ experience and is highly regarded professionally. Any claims that question the legitimacy of this investigation are completely baseless.”
Seacrest said Tuesday in a statement, “This person who has accused me of horrible things offered, on multiple occasions, to withdraw her claims if I paid her millions of dollars. I refused. I have worked extremely hard to achieve my success and I don’t take my opportunities for granted. I don’t want to accuse anyone of not telling the truth but in this case, I have no choice but to again deny the claims against me, remind people that I was recused of any wrongdoing and put the matter to rest.”