Ryan Seacrest has spoken out after his former personal stylist accused him of sexual assault.
The accusation was first made in November 2017, and Seacrest’s employer, E! News, called for an investigations, and on February 1, announced that there was not enough evidence to prove that their employee committed the said sexual misconduct.
Now, the accuser’s account has been published in Variety, telling the “unwanted sexual aggression” she endured during her time as a personal stylist to the television personality.
But Seacrest continues to deny the claims.
In a statement he shared with E! News, he dismissed the publication as ‘salacious’, said he intends to put the matter to rest. He said:
“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.”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 accused and countless others. Ultimately, my name was cleared. 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,” Seacrest added. “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.”Meanwhile, Seacrest’s employer stands strongly by his side and has announced that he will be hosting E!’s Live from the Red Carpet for the 2018 Oscars.
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