In our post-Harvey Weinstein world, more celebrities, politicians and public figures are finding themselves in the middle of accusations, allegations, and claims. Even Ryan Secrets, the co-host of Live with Kelly and Ryan and the upcoming American Idol reboot, has found himself in the middle of a controversy. According to a story in The Hollywood Reporter late Friday, a former wardrobe stylist alleges he “behaved inappropriately” toward her during his time at E! News nearly a decade ago. Secrets have already denied the allegations, the details of what occurred have yet to be 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. 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,” the television host said in a statement to People. “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.”
E! is currently conducting its own investigation into the matter, with Seacrest “fully” cooperating.
The Hollywood Reporter’s sources claim [t]he alleged victim is said to have, through her representation, made a substantial financial ask in exchange for her silence.” Meanwhile, “Seacrest [has] declined via his lawyers.”