Ryan Seacrest’s Colleagues Defend Him Amid Sexual Misconduct Claims

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A number of Ryan Seacrest‘s longtime colleagues are coming to his defense.

After stylist Suzie Hardy spoke out for the first time about her sexual misconduct allegations against the American Idol host, an anonymous witness corroborated her account on Wednesday’s episode of Today.

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That same day, Jayson Stacy — Seacrest’s stylist/makeup artist of 13 years — spoke to People praising the 43-year-old as “the greatest boss.”

He said:

“There has never been any ill words spoken to me about him… He’s never been mean. With women, there’s so many females that work with us. ├óΓé¼┬ª I never once heard anyone say that he’s done anything to make them feel uncomfortable ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ that he’s been mean to them, that they wanted to leave their job because of him.”

Additionally, Stacy — who worked with Hardy for six years at E! — says he “never saw any of the things that she’s alleging.”

“It’s unbelievable to me… I can’t tell you the number of people that work with him ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ this is so out of character and it’s not the truth… Ryan is the greatest boss. We all know the truth.”

Another source who works with the radio personality confessed:

“He is the hardest working guy I know… I think he’s so professional. The thing that I love about working with him is every day I’m challenged. He’s a great person to work for. I’ve never seen him raise his voice ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ sure, people get upset about certain things, but he’s always professional. I personally would never for 15 years work for someone that this person is alleging would do the things she’s saying. It’s just not something I can fathom.”

In another People report published on Wednesday, a source says Live! cohost Kelly Ripa “is fully supportive and 110 percent behind him.” Both American Idol and iHeartMedia reportedly support Seacrest as well.

As we wrote, the television host released another statement on Tuesday “to again deny the claims against [him].”

[Image via Media Punch.]

Feb 28, 2018 9:44pm PDT

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