Continued Seacrest: “This person who has accused me of horrible things offered, on multiple occasions, to withdraw her claims if I paid her millions of dollars. I refused. I have worked extremely hard to achieve my success and I don’t take my opportunities for granted. I don’t want to accuse anyone of not telling the truth but in this case, I have no choice but to again deny the claims against me, remind people that I was recused of any wrongdoing, and put the matter to rest.”
The talk show host was first accused of harassment by his former E! wardrobe stylist in November — but before the accuser went public with the claims, Seacrest chose to get out ahead of the story, vehemently denying the “reckless” allegations against him and agreeing to fully cooperate with an internal investigation into matter at the network.
Nearly three months later, E! completed its investigation into the allegations by outside counsel hired by NBCUniversal and found “insufficient evidence to support the claims.” The American Idol and Live With Kelly and Ryan host then wrote a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter about the experience, in which he once again denied the claims and expressed his desire to be a part of changing the systemic gender inequality issues in Hollywood.
“To have my workplace conduct questioned was gut-wrenching. I’ve always aimed to treat all of my colleagues with honesty, respect, kindness and compassion. Yet, I knew, regardless of the confidence I had that there was no merit to the allegations, my name would likely soon appear on the lists of those suspected of despicable words and deeds,” Seacrest wrote. “I absolutely want to be part of the change, the progress, that is coming. I did not want to be a postscript of evidence of its cause.”