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Ryan Seacrest denies former wardrobe stylist's "reckless" sexual misconduct allegations -- "I'm distraught"


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/20/2017 

Ryan Seacrest has denied misconduct allegations brought against him by a former wardrobe stylist.

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The American Idol host and Live with Kelly and Ryan co-host released a media statement on Friday in response to the unidentified stylist's allegations that have not been made public.

"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," Seacrest, 42, said.

"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. I treat all my colleagues with kindness, dignity, and understanding, as this is a principle that's core to who I am."

The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report that a stylist who had worked with Seacrest at E! News came forward alleging some type of sexual misconduct on Seacrest's part.

The details of her accusations remain unknown, but The Reporter claims the alleged victim had requested a substantial financial payment in exchange for her silence. According to a source, Seacrest refused to strike a deal through his lawyers.

"Throughout my 25 years in the entertainment industry, the majority of my co-workers have been women," Seacrest continued in his media statement, "and I've endeavored to foster a positive work environment of mutual respect and courtesy, as that's how I believe it should be."

The radio personality and television producer concluded, "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. I'm an advocate for women. I will continue to support their voices."

A representative for E! News recently confirmed that an investigation into the allegations has commenced.

Over the last month, a flood of women feeling brave and empowered have come forward with claims of sexual assault or misconduct against prominent figures in Hollywood -- including Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Jeremy Piven.

ABC's upcoming revival of American Idol will premiere on March 11, 2018. In addition to Seacrest serving as host, the show will star Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie on the judging panel.

ABC first announced plans to bring the reality singing competition back in May 2017 after it ended a 15-season run on Fox in April 2016.


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