E! Online intends to have Ryan Seacrest host the pre-show on Sunday despite the sexual misconduct allegations against him. However, some are wondering if female Hollywood stars will stop to talk to him?
Suzie Hardy, Seacrest’s former stylist, claims Ryan grabbed her crotch several times, rubbed his erection against her, and grabbed her buttocks on occasion, an incident which allegedly produced a welt.
Suzie was employed at E! from 2007-2013. In a report from Variety, Hardy alleges that Ryan hugged her while only wearing his underwear ten times.
Ryan said to her, “are you going to sue me?” Hardy told him, “Not if I stay employed.” One of Suzie’s co-workers and acquaintances said to E! News that they witnessed him assaulting her on several occasions in 2009.
Hardy stated she took a picture of the welt and sent it to her employers at E! Following the charges, Seacrest has adamantly denied all of them, indicating that, while he supports the #MeToo movement, the accusations are deleterious and just not correct.
I love you so much Ryan. You are the most respectful, well mannered, civil, gracious, loving, kind human being. I have known you for 6 years and every day you impress me with your kindness. Not only to me or your friends and family, but most importantly in your work environment. You have worked SO hard to be where you are and you deserve it. ♥️ #iloveyou #foreversupportyou #teamryan #teamseacrest
The former American Idol host said there was an investigation conducted by a third-party organization and they concluded he was innocent, or rather, there “wasn’t sufficient evidence” to indict him on any of the alleged behavior.
Some stars have been critical of Ryan since the claims re-surfaced, including Jennifer Lawrence, who, while on the Howard Stern Show, heard all of the allegations and wondered if she would speak to him.
On Wednesday, J-Law said she wasn’t sure if she would stop and give an interview to Ryan. She said, “I mean, there is a lot to think about with E!, you know?” Lawrence went on to critique the “fashion police” who would frequently be mean about women’s bodies.