Yesterday, Ryan Seacrest's former E! stylist, Suzie Hardy publically released her accounts of sexual harassment and abuse to Variety. She explained that while she worked with Seacrest for many years at E! she endured countless acts of harassment. We covered the details of her story and how E! responded privately to her accounts.
E! Network and Seacrest privately investigated the claims last fall and they found that Hardy's claims were unsubstantiated. Many believed Seacrest would address the claims against him during his show, "Live with Kelly and Ryan"; however, this was not the case. Seacrest completely ignored the claims on air and which many felt made him look guilty.
After Hardy's claims were released yesterday, E! responded with this statement.
“E!’s investigation was extremely comprehensive and thorough. 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. 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.”
Last night, Seacrest finally responded to Hardy's claims by releasing his own statement.
"Much has been said about the #MeToo and Times Up movement(s) and the importance of providing women and men with the opportunity to share their stories of workplace misconduct, in an effort to change our culture and the systemic inequalities that exist. I absolutely support this cause unequivocally and applaud all the brave souls who have come forward to share their stories.
Sadly, last fall I became one of the accused, which I promptly revealed proactively to the network involved and to the public. And to be equally clear, those accusations were then investigated by an independent third-party over the course of a two-month process and involved dozens of interviews that included me, the accused and countless others. Ultimately, my name was cleared. I eagerly participated in the investigation in order to demonstrate my innocence because I know my truth, and I believe in due process.
Yesterday, VARIETY published a salacious story that revealed the specific claims against me for the first time – even though an independent third-party investigator found insufficient evidence to support the claims. Much to my dismay, Variety didn’t speak with me or bother to speak with other credible witnesses or even ask for any of the evidence that was obtained during the investigation when offered, all of which clearly challenged the veracity of the claims made against me.
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."
Seacrest has made it very clear in his lengthy statement that he believes there was no wrongdoing on his part, that he cooperated with E!'s investigation and he even claims that Hardy's intentions with these accusations were to get millions of dollars from him.
Source: Hollywood Life