The Harvey Weinstein scandal has created a massive shift in Hollywood and across America. One by one, some of the nation's most powerful male politicians, television hosts, musicians, actors, and company CEOs have been brought down, as victims of sexual assault share their harrowing experiences.
Now, someone has come forward with allegations against another well-known TV personality: Ryan Seacrest.
According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR), a former wardrobe stylist at E! has accused the American Idol host of acting inappropriately towards her 10 years ago. The network announced that they were taking the complaint, which was made in November, seriously and that an investigation would be conducted.
Seacrest, who currently co-hosts Live! With Ryan and Kelly, denied the accusation, but revealed that he was going to fully cooperate with the investigation, although he did not divulge the details of the case.
"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,” Seacrest, 42, wrote in a statement.
He continued, "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."
Seacrest admitted that he is "distraught" that anyone would call his behavior towards his colleagues into question, but nonetheless, he's confident his reputation and "track record will speak for itself." He concluded, "I’m an advocate for women. I will continue to support their voices."
It was unclear whether or not the victim was filing a lawsuit against the longtime host, but THR reported that she had "made a substantial financial ask in exchange for his [Seacrest] silence." Seacrest declined the offer through his lawyers.
Seacrest did not make any further comments in the months that followed, but he recently took some time to address the allegations.