Once again, Ryan Seacrest is scrambling to clear his name.
Back in November, the American Idol host tried to get ahead of the allegations with an op-ed titled “What Happened After I Was Wrongly Accused of Harassment” where he outlined the claims and his participation in a two-month investigation which ultimately cleared him of any wrongdoing.
But on Monday his accuser, E! stylist Suzie Hardy, went public with her side of the story. She even detailed some of the disgusting behavior of which she accused him.
On Tuesday’s Live With Kelly And Ryan, he was noticeably mum about the whole thing. Currently his positions on that show, the Idol reboot, and E!’s red carpet coverage of the Oscars have not been affected by the scandal.
However, later in the day, Seacrest released an unequivocal statement basically saying he wasn’t happy about having to be on the side calling a woman a liar — but he was going to anyway.
“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 accuser 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 ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ 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 tried to buy her silence by asking for money on multiple occasions ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ 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.”
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