The E! The stylist who accused Ryan Seacrest of sexual misconduct now describes her allegations, including that he grabbed her several times.
This last case after Seacrest's former wardrobe stylist Suzie Hardy hosted charges against the American Idol host – which The Hollywood Reporter reported for the first time – live with Kelly and Ryan co-host published their allegations of misconduct by releasing a denial.
"Recently someone worked for a wardrobe stylist for me almost a decade ago E! News came forward with a complaint suggesting that I had behaved inappropriately against her Feeling she does not feel respected, I'm really sorry I deny these reckless charges and plan to work with any company inquiries, "Seacrest began. "I treat all my colleagues with kindness, dignity and understanding, because this is a principle that is of central importance to me." During my 25 years in the entertainment industry, most of my associates were women, and I strived Creating a positive work environment that is characterized by mutual respect and courtesy, so it should, in my opinion. "
Seacrest, 43, concluded:" I am desperate that any or every situation would call that into question I am proud of my reputation in the workplace and believe that my track record will speak for itself, I am a women's lawyer and I will continue to support their voices. "
Now, just weeks after E! ended his investigation ̵
Hardy was a single mother of a young daughter when she became Seacrest's Personal Stylist in 2007 for E! News . According to a November 10 letter from Hardy's lawyer – Howard King of King, Holmes, Paterno & Soriano, LLP – addressed to E! and obtained from Variety Hardy lived near Seacrest's personal assistant. At the end of her first year at E! Seacrest's Personal Assistant Hardy reported that the TV presenter "really fell in love with you" and "had a crush on you," according to the Variety letter.
Hardy claims in the Variety received letter that Seacrest hugged her while wearing only underwear more than ten times. She also claims that Seacrest once sat in a director's chair in the dressing room, just in his underwear, and said to her, "I just do not think you're attracted to me," to which she replied, "I feel mine Paycheck attracted. "
One year after he called his E! Stylist, Hardy claims in the letter that Seacrest slipped his hand under her crotch as he walked to the set. "Oh my god, do you want to sue me?" Claims Hardy in the letter that Seacrest told her in 2008. "Not if I'm employed," she replied.
One of Hardy's former employees who worked at . E! News told Variety he witnessed the Seacrest assault Hardy on at least two separate occasions in 2009. In the first incident, both Hardy and her co-workers claimed that Seacrest beat her buttocks, resulting in hours later Wound caused. She allegedly took a picture of it and gave it to E! and Variety .
A month later, Hardy and her colleague were at Seacrest's Roosevelt Hotel Suite in Hollywood, where she helped him dress for the Oscars. According to Hardy and her former colleague, Seacrest wore only his underwear and had a visible erection; he allegedly threw Hardy on the bed, where he climbed onto her and rubbed his erection against her.
In 2010 Hardy was with a prominent entertainment lawyer. During a separate incident while Hardy tied his tie, Seacrest reportedly asked if the couple was intimate, telling them not to ask for personal questions. She claims that he then continued to grab her vagina.
The letter received from Variety states that the personnel managers of E! Called for a meeting with Hardy in 2013. At her meeting, she confirmed that she had no consensual physical relationship with Seacrest and reportedly said, "But he touched me," the letter said. She told Variety that she was E! She said that Seacrest grabbed her vagina and made other allegations of sexual abuse.
Two weeks after their meeting, Hardy was reportedly told that E! News would end their employment a week after the Oscars; From then on, she had no personal contact with the host. Two months later, Hardy told the point of sale that Seacrest called and said that they would work together again in the future.
In a statement to PEOPLE, Seacrest's lawyer Andrew Baum says: "It makes us sad that Variety chooses a" story "about untrue claims that we were made against my client after being told that the prosecutor threatened to file these false claims against him if he did not pay her $ 15 million, at which time the plaintiff threatened with a proven false press release if she was not paid, instead my client proactively and publicly stated the allegations back and agreed to cooperate fully with E's investigation into this matter. "Baum made the same statement to Variety that she included in her report.
"On January 31, the network informed us that its independent investigation by third parties had revealed that its allegations were inadequate to cancel the customer's name," Baum said in a statement Variety . "It says that after my client refused to pay their money, and the E !, the investigation found that she now commented on communicating her debunked story to the press."
Hardy's lawyer said Variety that neither he nor Hardy had demanded any financial compensation.