Entertainment Tonight host Catt Sadler announced she left the network after she discovered her male co-host was making close to double her salary, and was denied equal compensation by E!.
Variety reports that an attorney for Suzie Hardy, who worked as Seacrest's stylist at E! from 2006 to 2013, sent a letter to E!, NBCUniversal and Seacrest in November that detailed Hardy's allegations. Hardy alleges Seacrest rubbed his erect penis against her while wearing underwear and groped her vagina, among other unwanted physical harassment.
For the first time, the single mother of a preschool daughter said that the 43-year-old host had an attraction with her during the tenure of her job from 2007 to 2013.
She told the magazine that the abuse she allegedly suffered at Seacrest's hands "really affected" her. Hardy said that the third-party investigator did not contact the four witnesses she gave him that would corroborate her story.
Ryan Seacrest has come forward accusing Hardy of blackmail, "This person who has accused me of frightful things offered, on multiple occasions, to withdraw her claims if I paid her millions of dollars". She replied, "I'm attracted to my paycheck".
She said Seacrest would hug her and grind against her in his underwear.
She sought therapy after leaving the network and only made a decision to come out to the light after similar complaints in the entertainment business came about in 2017.More news: MMA star Jones fined, licence revoked over drug test
HARDY landed a job as RYAN SEACREST's personal stylist for "E!" One co-worker claims that he saw Seacrest trip Hardy on multiple occasions and he also saw Seacrest push Hardy's head into his crotch multiple times while she was tying his shoes. In a recent interview, however, Hardy's lawyer denied that neither he nor Hardy have asked for any monetary compensation from the Live With Kelly & Ryan host.
"The investigator is an attorney with almost 20 years' experience and is highly regarded professionally".
A spokesperson for E! told Variety, "Any claims that question the legitimacy of this investigation are completely baseless".
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.
And now, Seacrest has denied the allegations, claiming that Suzie has accused him of "horrible things" in the past in order to extort money from the star in return for her silence.
The network confirmed there were no findings in a statement, saying, "The investigation, conducted by outside counsel, found insufficient evidence to support the claims against Seacrest and therefore could not be substantiated". "News's investigation resulted as it did, that she is now coming forward to share her debunked story to the press", he added.
The letter - drafted by Hardy's attorney Howard King of King, Holmes, Paterno & Soriano, LLP - requested that Seacrest and E!