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Posted Thursday 3/29/18 at 2:13PM EDT
Ryan Seacrest accuser files a police report, writes column explaining her decision
"Those who work with Ryan seem to hope I will just go away," former E! stylist Suzie Hardy writes in a column for The Hollywood Reporter. "Well, I'm not going away. I'm thriving in the truth and feel more inspired than ever. I recently contacted the LAPD and filed a police report so I'm guaranteed a real investigation this time. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed Hardy filed a police report. Seacrest's attorney said in a statement, in response to Hardy's column: “We will continue to cooperate and we remain confident that Mr. Seacrest will once again be cleared of any wrongdoing.”
Posted Wednesday 3/28/18 at 1:38PM EDT
Ryan Seacrest accuser says she was dropped from appearing last week on Megyn Kelly Today
Seacrest's former E! stylist Suzie Hardy, who accused Seacrest of sexual harassment, tells the DailyMail.com she was scheduled to appear on the March 19 edition of Megyn Kelly Today to tell her story -- opposite of Seacret's Live with Ryan and Kelly. "I could have gone with a number of shows, but I picked Megyn Kelly because of other interviews she had done supporting women in the #MeToo movement," she says. But she thinks NBC put the kibosh on the interview due to NBC Universal's relationship with Seacrest. DailyMail.com didn't get NBC News' response to Hardy's allegation.
Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 2:00PM EST
ABC and American Idol producers are standing by Ryan Seacrest
"We stand by the results of the investigation," ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey says of E!'s third-party investigation into Seacrest for alleged sexual harassment of his former stylist. Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of Idol producer FremantleMedia, adds: "I've known Ryan now for almost 16 years. I stand by him. Obviously it's unfortunate. I'm not privy to the details. He seems to be very robust in his defense. And we'll see where it all goes."
Posted Monday 3/05/18 at 8:45AM EST
Kathy Griffin offers Ryan Seacrest's accuser the chance to style her when she visits Jimmy Kimmel and Bill Maher this week
"Hey Suzie Hardy, I will do for you that which no one did for me after May 30," tweeted Griffin, who will appear for her first post-Trump beheading controversy TV interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday. "After you were brave enough to speak out I’m happy to offer you a job as my stylist to dress me this week for Jimmy Kimmel and Real Time & I’ll PAY you. What ya think? KG."
Posted Saturday 3/03/18 at 1:25AM EST
Is Ryan Seacrest immune to the #MeToo movement?
Sonia Saraiya wonders why Seacrest has been seemingly unaffected by his sexual harassment scandal, details of which were reported this week in her publication Variety. "I can’t objectively defend Variety," she writes. "But I can observe that Seacrest is engaging in his own public-opinion chess, with a skill we haven’t seen from other accused men. Unlike them, Seacrest is a man whose primary marketable talent is continuing to be generally liked; he is a master of this form. And this behavior from him is a play — a belligerent, entitled, corporate-sponsored play that exploits the weaknesses in a system that is designed to work against victims of harassment. Seacrest and his publicity team have taken special note of how the judgment of crowds imperfectly aligns with the judgment of courts; of how, in the age of reality-star president Donald Trump, arrogant denial has surprising weight with the viewing audience. That Seacrest’s on-air persona is an appealingly inoffensive one adds to his power; if that persona is merely a performance, viewers at home don’t know the difference."
Posted Thursday 3/01/18 at 1:32PM EST
Kelly Ripa goes public with her support for Ryan Seacrest: "You are a privilege to work with"
Live with Kelly and Ryan vaguely addressed Seacrest's sexual harassment scandal this morning when Ripa voiced support for her co-host. “I just want to let you know that you are a privilege to work with, and I adore you," she said. "And I am speaking on behalf of all of us here...I know what an easy, great, professional person you are, and I feel very, very lucky to work with you each and every day. We all do.” Seacrest thanked her, hugged her and said, “You are happiness." ALSO: Accuser's lawyer fires back after Seacrest's longtime makeup artist disputed sexual harassment allegations.
Posted Wednesday 2/28/18 at 10:47PM EST
Ryan Seacrest's longtime stylist/makeup artist worked with his accuser, but says he never witnessed any bad behavior
“I never saw any of the things that she’s alleging. It’s unbelievable to me," says Jayson Stacy, who's worked with Seacrest for 13 years -- including alongside accuser Suzie Hardy -- and calls him "so professional." “He’s never been mean," says Stacy. "With women, there’s so many females that work with us. … I never once heard anyone say that he’s done anything to make them feel uncomfortable – that he’s been mean to them, that they wanted to leave their job because of him.”
Posted Wednesday 2/28/18 at 5:47PM EST
Report: Kelly Ripa "is fully supportive and 110 percent behind" Ryan Seacrest
Despite an "awkward moment" this morning between Ripa and her Live co-host, People magazine reports that she fully supports Seacrest following a former co-worker's allegations of sexual harassment and abuse. People further reports that "spokespeople for both American Idol and iHeartMedia are also in full support." Seacrest's girlfriend, Shayna Taylor, also expressed her support via an Instagram post this morning. "You are the most respectful, well mannered, civil, gracious, loving, kind human being," she wrote. "I have known you for 6 years and every day you impress me with your kindness. Not only to me or your friends and family, but most importantly in your work environment. You have worked SO hard to be where you are and you deserve it." ALSO: E!'s investigation of Seacrest included the male former co-worker who spoke anonymously to Today about witnessing alleged misconduct.
Posted Wednesday 2/28/18 at 2:03PM EST
NBC News spoke to a former Ryan Seacrest E! co-worker who anonymously corroborated sexual harassment allegations
"She would go to tie his shoe and Ryan would shove her head toward his crotch," the former co-worker said on the Today show, which used to employ Seacrest. "I saw that more than once," he added. NBC News says it is "withholding the man's name because he still works in Hollywood and fears retaliation." NBC and E! are corporate siblings. ALSO: Did Kelly Ripa shade Seacrest this morning on Live?
Posted Wednesday 2/28/18 at 12:25AM EST
Report: Some top Hollywood publicists plan to steer their clients away from Ryan Seacrest on the Oscars red carpet
Despite Seacrest denying the allegations by his ex-stylist and E! exonerating him after an investigation, some PR reps are saying "why risk it?" when it comes to Sunday's Oscars red carpet, according to Page Six. As Oli Coleman reports: "Given the white-hot emotions and politics surrounding Hollywood abuse — and the seriousness of the allegations made against Seacrest — the flacks said they would instead direct their clients to Seacrest’s co-host, Giuliana Rancic, or skip E! altogether."
- Accuser Suzie Hardy calls Seacrest's response a "false narrative": "He is not the victim, and I refuse to let him victimize me for telling the truth"
- Seacrest said "much to my dismay, Variety didn’t speak with me...," but Variety said it requested to speak with him on Monday while talking to his lawyer and publicist
Posted Tuesday 2/27/18 at 5:23PM EST
Ryan Seacrest: My sexual harassment accuser "tried to buy her silence by asking for money on multiple occasions — I refused"
"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," Seacrest said in a statement released this afternoon. "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 tried to buy her silence by asking for money on multiple occasions — 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."
Posted Tuesday 2/27/18 at 2:03PM EST
Ryan Seacrest will still host E!'s Oscar pre-show following sexual misconduct allegations
E! confirms that Seacrest will still be Live from the Red Carpet on Sunday, days after his former E! stylist went public with sexual harassment and abuse allegations against him. Variety reports that so far ABC and E! are sticking by Seacrest. But as Variety points out, "Seacrest’s presence on the red carpet in the wake of detailed harassment and abuse allegations has the potential to create an embarrassing situation for E! and the host."
Meanwhile, an E! spokesperson told People this morning that the cable network stands by its investigation: “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.”
Posted Tuesday 2/27/18 at 12:27AM EST
Scandal's Bellamy Young: Ryan Seacrest shouldn't host E!'s Oscar red carpet coverage following sexual harassment allegations
"I think this is the time to step aside, and let someone of equal talent that is beyond reproach to be in charge," Young told Variety in reaction to Seacrest's former E! stylist coming forward with her sexual harassment and abuse allegations against him.
Posted Monday 2/26/18 at 5:43PM EST
Ryan Seacrest's former E! stylist details her sexual abuse and harassment allegations
Suzie Hardy, who first became Seacrest's stylist in 2007, says she lost her job at E! in 2013 after reporting his alleged sexual harassment and abuse to human resources. It was Hardy who sent a letter to E! last November accusing Seacrest of harassment, prompting an E! investigation that was closed earlier this month due to "insufficient evidence to support the claims against Seacrest and therefore could not be substantiated." According to Variety, "Seacrest subjected Hardy to years of unwanted sexual aggression — grinding his erect penis against her while clad only in his underwear, groping her vagina, and at one point slapping her buttock so hard that it left a large welt still visible hours later." Hardy says of E!'s investigation and findings, “total exasperation was my definite feeling when I heard about it. I felt like by the third interview, it was obvious the investigator was whitewashing it for Seacrest’s side.” Seacrest's attorney, Andrew Baum, responds that Hardy demanded $15 million from Seacrest or she would go public with the false claim. "It’s telling that after my client refused to pay her money, and the E! investigation resulted as it did, that she is now coming forward to share her debunked story to the press," he says. Variety notes that Hardy denied she demanded money and that Seacrest's representatives didn't provide proof that a monetary request was made.
Posted Tuesday 2/06/18 at 2:36AM EST
Ryan Seacrest: “I do not take things for granted” after being cleared of misconduct accusation
“To have my workplace conduct questioned was gut-wrenching,” Seacrest writes in The Hollywood Reporter, recounting the investigation into a former E! wardrobe stylist’s accusation against him that was never revealed. “I’ve always aimed to treat all of my colleagues with honesty, respect, kindness and compassion,” he adds. “Yet, I knew, regardless of the confidence I had that there was no merit to the allegations, my name would likely soon appear on the lists of those suspected of despicable words and deeds. The pressures of our overflowing newsfeeds would insist on it.”