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Ryan Seacrest Allegations Resurface After He Is Cleared by E!

Ryan Seacrest Allegations Resurface After He Is Cleared by E!

Ryan Seacrest attends the Sixth Annual Hamptons Paddle & Party For Pink To Benefit Breast Cancer Research Foundation on August 5, 2017 in Bridgehampton, New York. (Steven Henry/Getty Images for Breast Cancer Research Foundation)

By    |   Tuesday, 27 February 2018 10:01 AM

Ryan Seacrest sexual harassment allegations have resurfaced this week after the TV host's E! network determined there was "insufficient evidence" to support claims made by his former wardrobe stylist.

On Monday, Variety detailed a November letter sent by an attorney for Suzie Hardy to the E! network, its corporate parent NBCUniversal, and Seacrest detailing her claims against the host, whom she worked with between 2007 to 2013.

The letter detailed her harassment allegations, including what she says were multiple incidents of harassment and assault, and asked Seacrest and E! to "come up with a plan to address the treatment of all women at the networks and to take responsibility for the wrongful treatment," according to the copy obtained by Variety. It also threatened more formal action if her request was ignored.

"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.

Seacrest went public with the allegations on Nov. 17, issuing a pre-emptive statement denying the claims as E! launched an investigation into the charges, Deadline.com reported at the time.

"If I made her feel anything but respected, I am truly sorry," Seacrest, who co-hosts "Live With Kelly and Ryan" and "American Idol," said in his statement then. "I dispute these reckless allegations and I plan to cooperate with any corporate inquiries that may result. I treat all my colleagues with kindness, dignity, and understanding, as this is a principle that's core to who I am.

"I'm distraught that anyone or any situation would call that into question. I'm proud of my workplace reputation, and believe my track record will speak for itself," he continued.

An E! representative told Fox News that an "extremely comprehensive and thorough" third-party investigation concluded that there was not enough evidence to support Hardy's claims against Seacrest.

"Over the course of a two-month process, our outside counsel interviewed more than two dozen people regarding the allegations, including multiple separate meetings with the claimant and all firsthand witnesses that she provided.

"The investigator is an attorney with nearly 20 years' experience and is highly regarded professionally. Any claims that question the legitimacy of this investigation are completely baseless," the E! statement said.

Hardy, though, told Variety that she felt "total exasperation" when she heard the results of the E! investigation.

"I felt like by the third interview, it was obvious the investigator was whitewashing it for Seacrest’s side," Hardy told Variety, claiming that the investigator never contacted four witnesses she had referred him to who could corroborate parts of her claims.

Seacrest's attorney Andrew Baum countered, telling Fox News that Hardy initially asked for a $15 million payout to keep quiet, a claim that Hardy's lawyers said there is no evidence of.

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