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Ryan Seacrest accused of sexual abuse by former stylist

scandal 28/02/2018

Ryan Seacrest has been accused of sexual abuse and harassment by his former E! stylist Suzie Hardy.

Hardy started working as Seacrest’s personal stylist for E! News in 2007, and left in 2013. In an attorney’s letter obtained by Variety, Hardy alleges that she was subjected to “years of unwanted sexual aggression” which included Seacrest “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 several hours later.”

A former co-worker claimed he witnessed the abuse in 2009. Hardy also alleges that her employment with E! ended after she described Seacrest’s behavior to HR. “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,” Hardy told Variety of the alleged abuse.

The allegations first broke in November. In a statement at the time, Seacrest said: “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.”

Hardy claims Seacrest gave her "excessive gifts" and several times hugged her while only wearing his underwear. She said that his behavior became more physical and aggressive: in 2008, Hardy alleges that Seacrest “cupped her crotch,” an incident which a former co-worker confirmed Hardy had described to him at the time. The same former co-worker told Variety that he “saw Seacrest push Hardy’s head into his crotch while she was tying his shoes” on multiple occasions.