As Hollywood is engulfed by a storm of sexual assault and misconduct allegations, Ryan Seacrest has issued a statement denying allegations brought forward by his former wardrobe stylist.
The American Idol host pointed out that someone who worked for him as a wardrobe stylist during his time at E! News nearly ten years ago came forward with allegations that he behaved inappropriately toward her. While the stylist still hasn't gone public with her accusations, Seacrest decided to speak out in a preemptive move, deny the allegations, and cooperate with the internal investigation that is currently underway at E!.
Ryan Seacrest Denies Reckless Allegations
The 41-year-old television personality started off his statement by apologizing to the accuser for failing to make her feel "anything but respected."
"I dispute these reckless allegations and I plan to cooperate with any corporate inquiries that may result," he continued in his statement. "I treat all my colleagues with kindness, dignity, and understanding, as this is a principle that's core to who I am."
Seacrest went on to say that he has spent a quarter of a century in Hollywood and has mostly worked with women over the years. He adds that he has always tried to maintain a positive work environment of mutual respect and courtesy with his co-workers. Hence, he finds it upsetting that someone would raise a question about his character.
The television host continued by saying that he takes pride in his reputation in the industry and believes that his past repute will speak volumes about his character. He also noted that he has always supported women and will continue to be the strength of their voices.
Former Stylist Only Wants Money?
The anonymous accuser has apparently asked for a significant amount of money to stay mum but the Live With Kelly and Ryan host refused to give in to the person's demand and decided to go public instead, a source told Deadline.
Seacrest shot to popularity after hosting 15 seasons of American Idol on Fox and has been confirmed to return when the next season of the reality series debuts on ABC next year.
He is one of Hollywood's highest-paid television personalities with a production company of his own, which handles the production of KUWTK, his talk show Live With Kelly and Ryan, and his radio program, On Air with Ryan Seacrest.