The E! network is conducting an internal investigation into an allegation of misconduct against producer and American Idol host, Ryan Seacrest, reports Variety.
There isn’t much detail, but a former stylist who worked at E! News when Seacrest worked there is reporting the incident, which allegedly occurred about a decade ago.
Seacrest released the following statement to the press on Friday.
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.”
A spokesperson for E! confirmed to Variety that the cable channel is conducting an investigation.
The Weinstein scandal was like a dam that broke. It was just a matter of time before allegations involved people who work in the competitive reality show industry. There is so little information about this now, that it leaves a lot to the imagination. I’m not going to speculate. (But knock yourselves out in comments).