Ryan Seacrest’s accuser has provided more details about his alleged harassment
More details have emerged about Ryan Seacrest’s alleged harassment. In November 2017, Seacrest denied allegations that he harassed his former E! News stylist. He called the claim “reckless” and said he would “cooperate with any corporate inquiries that may result.” Now his accuser, Suzie Hardy, has made the details of her accusations public.
On Monday, February 26th, Variety published an interview with Hardy that details the alleged harassment. Hardy began working as Seacrest’s personal stylist in 2007. She was a single mom and grateful for a job and steady paycheck. Her employment ended in 2013 after coming forward about the sexual harassment to human resources. In the interview, Hardy alleges that Seacrest groped her, hugged her while wearing only his underwear, and made requests that made her feel uncomfortable, such as coming to his house at night to tie his tie.
“I didn’t know how to deal with it,” Hardy told Variety. “I really didn’t. I was battling finally being in a decent financial position to breathe and be a mom, that I didn’t have to be freaking out all the time, and then dealing with this infantile celebrity person who was testing me on every level and manipulating me and knew that I was in a vulnerable position.”
E! told Variety that their investigation was complete.
"E!’s investigation was extremely comprehensive and thorough," the statement reads. "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."
Seacrest’s lawyer Andrew Baum released this statement to Variety about the matter.
"It is upsetting to us that Variety is electing to run a ‘story’ about untrue allegations that were made against my client, after they were told that the accuser threatened to make those false claims against him unless he paid her $15 million," the statement reads. "At that time, the claimant threatened to issue a demonstrably false press statement unless she was paid. Instead, my client proactively and publicly denied the claims and agreed to fully cooperate with E!’s investigation about the matter."
We hope that someday, we’ll live in a world with far fewer claims of sexual misconduct.