E! & ABC Stand By Ryan Seacrest Amid Misconduct Allegations
ABC has also said that Seacrest will continue as host of the rebooted American Idol, slated to premiere March 11th.
E! is also still plans to have Seacrest host the Red Carpet at the Oscars, as scheduled. The awards season has been dominated by the Time’s Up Movement, and the Red Carpet has become a scene of political activism against sexual harassment and misconduct
The allegations came out in Variety Monday by his former stylist Suzie Hardy, who claims he subjected her to years of unwanted sexual contact and comments. He denies the allegations and E! has said that its internal investigation cleared him of wrongdoing.
Late on Tuesday, Seacrest commented again on the allegations, issuing another HUGE denail.
“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,” Seacrest said in a statement to Fox News.
“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,” he continued. “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 – 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 — 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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