The stylist of American Idol host, Ryan Seacrest, has come out with allegations of sexual misconduct against him. The stylist, Suzie Hardy, has been styling the E! presenter since 2007.
In a revealing and graphic interview with Variety, Hardy claims that she was a single mother when she began to work for Seacrest and that he used to slap her buttocks, grope her vagina and push his private part against her through his underwear.
Hardy admittedly endured the alleged harassment because of her child but lost her job after she reported Seacrest to the human resources personnel at E! in 2013.
E! claims to have carried out an internal investigation concerning Hardy’s complaints but found “insufficient evidence to support the claims against Seacrest.”
Seacrest has spoken out against the allegations through his lawyers in an official statement claiming that Hardy had requested that Seacrest give her $15 million to stop her from coming out with the ‘false claims’.
Here’s what the statement said:
‘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. 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.
On January 31st the network notified us that their independent third-party investigation had concluded that there was insufficient evidence to support her claims, effectively, clearing my client’s name. It’s telling that after my client refused to pay her money, and the E! investigation resulted as it did, that she is now coming forward to share her debunked story to the press.’