Ryan Seacrest responds to sexual abuse claims

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Seacrest has repeatedly denied Hardy's claims. Now Variety has obtained a letter she wrote in November in which she detailed what Seacrest allegedly did to her.

She told the magazine that the abuse she allegedly suffered at Seacrest's hands "really affected" her.

Ryan Seacrest has come forward accusing Hardy of blackmail, "This person who has accused me of disgusting things offered, on multiple occasions, to withdraw her claims if I paid her millions of dollars".

E! said its investigation found "insufficient evidence to support the claims against Seacrest".

Hardy, saying she had felt "total exasperation" at E!'s conclusion, told Variety she was interviewed three times by the outside investigator and that "I felt like by the third interview, it was obvious the investigator was whitewashing it for Seacrest's side".

American Idol revival host Ryan Seacrest denies the sexual abuse allegations and said accuser threatened to go public if he does not pay $15 million. The former coworker also stated that Seacrest once threw Hardy on the bed of a hotel room and, wearing only underwear, rubbed his erection on her.

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Hardy started working at E! as Seacrest's personal stylist in 2007. The investigator is an attorney with almost 20 years experience and is highly regarded professionally. Hardy states that HR approached her over rumors, and not the other way around. She told them about Seacrest's alleged behavior, and two weeks later, she says she was told her E!

At one point, she recalled him asking her if she would sue him over the first groping incident, to which she replied, "not if I stay employed". "Any claims that question the legitimacy of this investigation are completely baseless", the network spokesperson stated.

In a statement earlier this month, Seacrest said it was "gut wrenching" to have his conduct questioned but cooperated in the investigation. Hardy says the results of an E! investigation forced her to come forward now, reports CBS News' Jericka Duncan.

Seacrest went public with the allegations on November 17, issuing a pre-emptive statement denying the claims as E! launched an investigation into the charges, Deadline.com reported at the time.

This shocking allegation has been made public just before Seacrest is scheduled to host the red carpet for E! In 2013, HR asked to meet with her to assess her relationship with Seacrest. Hardy said the investigator did not contact four corroborating witnesses she provided.

Television and radio show host Ryan Seacrest was accused of sexual abuse and harassment by his former stylist Suzy Hardy. He also asked her to "nap" with him and regularly gave her hugs in his underwear.

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