The stylist who claimed that one in all ABC’s greatest stars, Ryan Seacrest, abused and harassed her whereas they labored at E! Information made the main points of her grievance public for the primary time Monday — claiming he groped her and gave her a bear hug carrying solely his underwear, amongst different accusations.
In an interview with Selection, Suzie Hardy, a single mom, detailed getting a dream job because the host’s private stylist at E! Information in 2007, solely to be fired in 2013 after making graphic complaints of harassment identified to HR. As beforehand reported, Hardy took her complaints on to the community, which didn’t transfer ahead with any punishment towards Seacrest after a 3rd occasion investegator deemed there wasn’t sufficient proof.
“E!’s investigation was extraordinarily complete and thorough,” an E! spokesperson instructed Fox Information in an announcement. “Over the course of a two month course of, our exterior counsel interviewed greater than two dozen folks relating to the allegations, together with a number of separate conferences with the claimant and all firsthand witnesses that she supplied. The investigator is an lawyer with practically 20 years expertise and is very regarded professionally. Any claims that query the legitimacy of this investigation are fully baseless.”
Now, the “American Idol” host’s lawyer, Andrew Baum, is claiming to Fox Information that Hardy initially requested for a payout to maintain quiet, prompting Seacrest to announce the investigation publicly on his personal behalf.
“It’s upsetting to us that Selection is electing to run a ‘story’ about unfaithful allegations that we had been made towards my shopper, after they had been instructed that the accuser threatened to make these false claims towards him until he paid her $15 million. At the moment, the claimant threatened to subject a demonstrably false press assertion until she was paid,” the assertion reads. “As a substitute, my shopper proactively and publicly denied the claims and agreed to totally cooperate with E!’s investigation concerning the matter.”
Hardy’s attorneys, however, have stated there’s completely no proof to help claims she demanded hush cash.
In the meantime, Seacrest continues to disclaim all allegations of sexual misconduct and even went so far as to publish a visitor column in The Hollywood Reporter beneath the title “What Occurred After I used to be Wrongly Accused of Harassment.”
Now, Hardy has detailed her alleged expertise to Selection.
In response to Hardy, Seacrest’s assistant supplied her an everyday job styling Seacrest for E! Information. Nevertheless, when the assistant began to trace that Seacrest’s curiosity in her had turned romantic, she tried to disregard it. Nevertheless, he allegedly began asking her to affix him at instances when he did not want a stylist — together with a requested assembly at his residence at eight p.m. to tie his tie.
Issues allegedly turned bodily in 2007 when Seacrest, carrying solely his underwear, reportedly obtained her in a bear hug and didn’t let go till someone else walked in on them. She reported roughly ten different comparable encounters, however stated she was too tethered to the monetary duties she needed to her daughter to stroll away from the job.
In 2008, Seacrest allegedly groped Hardy’s crotch from behind. In response to the letter she despatched the community earlier this yr, Seacrest requested her, “Oh my god, are you going to sue me?”
At a later date, whereas leaving the set of E! Information, Seacrest reportedly slapped her so exhausting on the buttocks that it left a purple welt for a number of hours. Not lengthy after that, there was an alleged incident in a resort room through which Hardy claimed Seacrest, once more in his underwear, pushed her onto the mattress and rubbed his visibly erect penis towards her. He reportedly stopped solely when her co-worker, apparently within the room on the time, yelled at him.
The ultimate offense detailed within the report allegedly occurred in 2010, when Seacrest inquired about Hardy’s boyfriend on the time. He reportedly requested, in lewd language, if she’d slept with him but. She requested him to not ask questions like that, which allegedly prompted him to tightly seize her vagina as she was tying his tie. She retreated to the lavatory the place a coworker supplied to take her to the corporate’s human assets division, however talked about it might price her the job. She refused.
In 2013, she reportedly was contacted by HR and requested about her relationship with Seacrest. Whereas she stated she might confidently say she didn’t have a bodily relationship with the star, she took the chance to notice that he had touched her inappropriately. Quickly after, she was instructed that her employment could be terminated.
NBC Common, which owns E!, didn’t instantly return Fox Information’ requests for remark.