In the never ending cyclone of male celebrities having sexual misconduct allegations since Harvey Weinstein was exposed, Ryan Seacrest is the latest to have such allegations brought against his name.
According to Variety, E! is conducting an internal investigation about an alleged incident between a former stylist who worked for the network when Seacrest worked there. No details are known about the incident just yet, but it was alleged to happen around 10 years ago.
Ryan Seacrest was quick to release a statement about the matter, and is fiercely denying these allegations while also co-operating with E! in the investigation. Read the full statement below.
“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."
“I treat all my colleagues with kindness, dignity, and understanding, as this is a principle that’s core to who I am. 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. 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.”
The allegations were made about a week ago, and it's alleged that the alleged victim, via her lawyer, made a substantial financial ask in exchange for her silence.
We'll keep you updated as this story unfolds.