As accusations of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and misconduct sweep across Hollywood, the latest entertainer to be affected is one we all know very well:
“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. 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. Throughout my 25 years in the entertainment industry, the majority of my co-workers have been women, and I’ve endeavored to foster a positive work environment of mutual respect and courtesy, as that’s how I believe it should be. 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.”
Pretty strong statement!
Of course, Seacrest didn’t address specific parts of the woman’s allegations — which, again, were made privately in the last few days.
The alleged victim apparently directed her legal team to make a request for a “substantial financial” amount for her silence, though Seacrest and his lawyers outright denied her any money whatsoever.
We’ll see where this goes from here.
[Image via Judy Eddy/WENN.]
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