Ryan Seacrest’s former stylist, Suzie Hardy came forward in November and accused the TV host of sexual harassment. However there was no proof — until now. A witness, Seacrest’s co-worker has come forward and claims he saw it happening.
Hardy suffered sexual misconduct by Seacrest for years out of concern over being able to provide for her daughter, and that the situation only ended in 2013. After reporting Seacrest’s actions to human-resources executives, her employment ended, she told Variety.
A former colleague of Hardy is backing up her accusations against the ABC star.
“She would go to tie his shoe and Ryan would shove her head toward his crotch. I saw that more than once,” the man told “Today.”
The man said he witnessed Seacrest holding Hardy in a “bear hug from behind” back in 2008. “She yelled, ‘Get off of me,’ she was trying to get away from him. I could see an erect penis in his underwear,” he said.
NBC verified the man that has come forward to defend Hardy (pictured below) did in fact work with Seacrest at the time, but chooses to keep his name private in fear of retaliation from Seacrest.
Misconduct claims were first raised against Seacrest last November. E!, where Seacrest was working at the time of the allegations, said it had investigated and found “insufficient evidence to support the claims against Seacrest.”
Ryan Seacrest denied all accusations against him accusing her of “asking for money on multiple occasions.”
“This person who has accused me of horrible things tried to buy her silence by asking for money on multiple occasions — I refused,” he said in a statement. 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.”
Seacrest is currently the co-host on “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” still scheduled to work the red carpet for E! on Sunday’s Academy Awards and still scheduled to host ABC’s reboot of “American Idol” starting next month.