Ryan Seacrest has finally spoken out about the sexual misconduct allegations made against him by a former E! News stylist.
The 42-year-old radio personality released a statement on Thursday, February 27, that reads,
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,
The statement continues,
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.
Ryan Seacrest Breaks His Silence Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations: ‘I Know My Truth’
As previously reported, in November, Ryan was first accused of sexual misconduct by the former E! News stylist. However, the former American Idol host denied all those allegations after which the news channel completed an investigation about the claims and said that there was no “insufficient evidence to substantiate allegations against Seacrest.”
The stylist who previously accused Ryan, Suzie Hardy, went public on Monday, February 26, detailing her claims to Variety. She claimed that the Live! host "shoved her head in his crotch, asked her to sleep with him, tried to have an intimate relationship with her and hugged her in his underwear more than 10 times".
She further claimed that after a couple of weeks, she told Human Resources about Ryan's alleged behavior, she was let go from the network.
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.
Ryan alleged that his accuser has asked for compensation to keep quiet about the claims.
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.
Ryan previously denied all those accusations made against him with a statement from his attorney on Monday. On Monday, E! released a statement that reads,
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. 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.