Following a latest outpouring of allegations of misconduct in Hollywood, American Idol host Ryan Seacrest launched a press release preemptively denying accusations of inappropriate conduct earlier than the main points have even grow to be public. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the misconduct declare is being made by a former E! wardrobe stylist from Seacrest’s time on E! News. She reportedly made her accusation a couple of week in the past. An E! spokesperson advised Bustle on Saturday, “We can confirm that we have started an investigation.”
On Saturday, Bustle reached out to Seacrest’s rep and obtained the next badertion, which is similar THR printed on Friday:
“Recently, someone that worked as a wardrobe stylist for me nearly a decade ago at E! News, came forward with a complaint suggesting I behaved inappropriately toward her. If I made her feel anything but respected, I am truly sorry. I dispute these reckless allegations and I plan to cooperate with any corporate inquiries that may result.”
As THR famous, Seacrest isn’t commenting on the specifics of the grievance, so it is at present unclear what precisely the accusations entail. An E! spokesperson additionally confirmed that an investigation was happening to Huffington Post, however the outlet claims the consultant wouldn’t present responses to questions on what sort of inappropriate conduct allegedly occurred. Seacrest’s personal badertion additionally leaves this info imprecise.
Seacrest turned a family because the host of American Idol, which debuted within the early 2000s and ran for 15 years. He then turned an anchor and managing editor for E! News, and launched Ryan Seacrest Productions, which signed a multi-year take care of ABC Studios this previous August. He is at present the co-host of Live with Kelly and Ryan, and is slated to host the upcoming American Idol reboot on ABC. Seacrest can also be the manager producer of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and hosts a morning radio present, On Air with Ryan Seacrest, on KIIS-FM.
In latest weeks various high-profile males within the leisure enterprise have been accused of misconduct within the wake of the Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey bombshells and the #MeToo motion encouraging folks to talk up about their very own experiences involving badual harbadment or badault. Prominent comedians and politicians have additionally been accused of misconduct, together with Louis CK and Al Franken, each of whom have apologized for his or her conduct.
“I treat all my colleagues with kindness, dignity, and understanding, as this is a principle that’s core to who I am,” Seacrest’s badertion continued. “Throughout my 25 years in the entertainment industry, the majority of my co-workers have been women, and I’ve endeavored to foster a positive work environment of mutual respect and courtesy, as that’s how I believe it should be.”
The the rest of Seacrest’s badertion reads,
“I’m distraught that anyone or any situation would call that into question. I’m proud of my workplace reputation, and believe my track record will speak for itself. I’m an advocate for women. I will continue to support their voices.”
An unnamed supply, reportedly with data of the scenario, claimed to Deadline that Seacrest’s unnamed accuser needed a “substantial amount of money to keep quiet.” The website additionally reported that Seacrest refused, as a result of he was “weary of the implications of guilt baked into acquiescing to such a financial demand.” Instead, he reportedly determined to go public earlier than particulars of the accusation turned recognized.
If you or somebody you realize has been badually badaulted, name the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673) or go to on-line.rainn.org.
Editor’s Note: This story has been up to date from the earlier model to incorporate that Bustle obtained a press release from Seacrest’s rep.