Ryan Seacrest is the latest white male in Hollywood to be accused of disturbing sexual harassment allegations. We know Ryan Seacrest as the 'do-it-all' man of Hollywood. He produces almost every show on E! network, and he's our favourite host from American Idol.
Seacrest has been accused of sexual harassment and abuse by his former E! News personal stylist, Suzie Hardy. Hardy claims that after becoming Seacrest's stylist in 2006, she endured years of unwanted sexual aggression from the E! host.
Hardy claims that Seacrest groped her vagina, slapped her buttocks, pressed his erect penis against her while he was only in his underwear and more. Hardy claims that after years of harassment, she reported his actions to human resources in 2013 and her employment ended quickly thereafter. In November, Hardy pushed for Seacrest and E! to take responsibility for the wrongful treatment, but her request was ignored.
On November 17th, Seacrest made the allegations public and denied any misconduct and calling Hardy's claims "reckless allegations". After this, E! concluded their investigation, they issued a statement concluding that they didn't find sufficient evidence to support Hardy's claims. This is why Hardy decided to come forward with her claims now.
Co-workers of Hardy's have come forward who also witnessed certain allegations against Seacrest. One co-worker claims that he saw Seacrest trip Hardy on multiple occasions and he also saw Seacrest push Hardy's head into his crotch multiple times while she was tying his shoes. If you want to read about those incidents in detail, you can read the exclusive statement written by Variety.
Hardy claims she been in therapy for years as a result of her experience with Seacrest. She felt it was necessary to raise the issue of the alleged abuse by speaking to Variety after Seacrest made the allegation public and the E! network completed their investigation.
After seeing the coverage of Harvey Weinstein, the #MeToo movement, she saw a statement by Seacrest in which he wrote that "an independent third party found the claims to be unsubstantiated and that there was no evidence of wrongdoing on my part". After discussing her claims with E! privately for years, she decided to speak out about her claims.