isn’t out of hot water just yet.
As we reported, the longtime media personality penned a letter for THR titled “What Happened After I Was Wrongly Accused of Harassment” where he opened up about being accused by a former E! stylist of sexual harassment.
As you may know, the network’s investigation “found insufficient evidence to support the claims against Seacrest and therefore could not be substantiated.” Now, Suzie Hardy is speaking out for the first time to defend her claim against the celebrity.
According to the letter sent my Hardy’s rep back in November, and now obtained by Variety, Hardy alleges Seacrest would carry out several inappropriate behaviors including “grinding his erect penis against her while clad only in his underwear, groping her vagina, and at one point slapping her buttock so hard that it left a large welt still visible hours later.”
Hardy told the news outlet:
“As proud as I am and as strong as a woman as I am, as smart as I am and as much work as I’ve done with therapists, it really affected me.”
When the investigation concluded, Hardy said she felt like the process was totally biased, and investigators didn’t look into many of the witnesses she gave them:
“Total exasperation was my definite feeling when I heard about it. I felt like by the third interview, it was obvious the investigator was whitewashing it for Seacrest’s side.”
Seacrest’s attorney, Andrew Baum, told the outlet:
“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.”
Hardy claimed Seacrest developed feelings and would give her hugs while only wearing underwear, make uncomfortable comments, and would even grab her vagina. She explained:
“I didn’t know how to deal with it. 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.”
Years later, Hardy was asked to meet with human resources — and when she admitted to having been touched by Seacrest, her job was terminated. She remembered:
“I was very proud to say ‘No, I don’t [have a physical relationship with Seacrest] I never touched him, I never kissed him, I never f–ked him, nothing. But I said, ‘But he touched me.’ … I was in there for hours. I told them everything.”
Wow. We wonder what Ryan will say in response.
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