Suzie Hardy filed a police report about Ryan Seacrest’s harassment & abuse

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E!’s red carpet shows have been terrible for several years now. Even when Joan Rivers was still alive, they ended up sidelining her even though she pretty much invented “who are you wearing?” It says a lot about Ryan Seacrest’s ego that he thought he could do all of it better, and that people would just eat up whatever he gave them. He’s always been a terrible red-carpet interviewer, from the way he openly hates speaking to women to the uncomfortable way he talks too much to men. Seacrest does not fundamentally understand one thing: the audience for these shows is made up of women and gay men and we want to see the clothes and talk about the clothes.

All of which to say, the steadily awful E! Oscar Red Carpet show became infinitely worse this year, when Seacrest began clinging to power like someone named Trump, even though he had been accused of sexually harassing and abusing a former female employee named Suzie Hardy. Last year, E! Announced that they were doing an internal investigation of Seacrest’s behavior after someone (Hardy, who was then unidentified) complained. After E!’s internal investigation actively worked to protect Seacrest, Hardy came forward and told her story to Variety. I believed her. I still believe her. And even though Seacrest has walked away from all of this without any repercussions, Hardy still wants to be heard. She wrote an op-ed in The Hollywood Reporter, which you can read here. Here’s a big excerpt:

It’s been four months since I sent a letter to Ryan Seacrest and E! detailing the sexual assault and harassment I endured while I was Ryan’s personal stylist from 2007 to 2012. To give a little context to my job, I didn’t just style Ryan for the E! News show in studio. I packed clothes for him to wear on American Idol, I traveled with him and styled him for New Year’s Rockin’ Eve in Times Square, I got him ready for red carpet shows for the Grammys, Golden Globes and Oscars. We worked the Disney Christmas parade every year. I made late-night runs to his house to get his looks together for countless appearances and events. I was his personal stylist as much as I was anything.

When the #MeToo movement empowered so many women to come forward with their truths, I did so as well. In response to the letter, E! owner NBC Universal conducted an incomplete investigation of the facts and declared the results “inconclusive.” Ryan chose to immediately author a guest column in The Hollywood Reporter falsely claiming he had been vindicated and attempting to portray himself as the victim. I finally said “enough is enough” and went public with my name and the ugly details of what I endured.

And then … nothing. Sure, some celebrities avoided Ryan on the red carpet at the Oscars, and his ratings were way down. But the silence since then has been deafening. Ryan continues to cheerfully co-host Live With Kelly and Ryan each morning with Kelly Ripa’s full support. He’s the smiling host of American Idol twice a week on ABC. And E! continues to back him. NBC News invited me to tell my story on the Megyn Kelly show, but after the Oscars (and an extensive pre-interview I did with her producers), that invitation disappeared. “We need to reschedule,” they said. I’m still waiting for that.

So much for “Let’s believe the women,” right? Unless you’re the president of the United States or a TV cash cow, apparently. Those who work with Ryan seem to hope I will just go away. Well, I’m not going away. I’m thriving in the truth and feel more inspired than ever. I recently contacted the LAPD and filed a police report so I’m guaranteed a real investigation this time. (Editor’s note: THR confirmed a police report has been filed and the case is being investigated.) Ryan’s team of lawyers, who are also representing Harvey Weinstein, do not intimidate me. If Ryan is so innocent, why hasn’t he called me a liar or sued me or presented evidence of my so-called extortion plot?

These were not new allegations to Ryan, E! and many in my close-knit circle of family and friends. I gave a full account of my experience to the E! HR department in 2012, while I was still employed. Soon after my truthful confession, I was let go without severance, compensation or any credible explanation. After six years of faithful work and dedication that included humiliating episodes of inappropriate advances, touching, groping and assault, I was gone, just like that. It was never my intention to go public. When I was enduring harassment, I stayed away from HR because I was informed it was a one-way ticket to the unemployment line. But because so many of the incidents occurred in front of other people, HR actually called me in to ask if there was something going on romantically between my boss and me. When asked on the spot, I spilled everything to them … and then was systematically flushed.

…Ryan chose to take this public, not me. But I will not stand by silently and let Ryan or the sycophants that employ him get away with this. Not when teenagers, with their voices shaking, can speak up to Congress on gun control. I can face this too! Ryan is not a victim; he is the instigator and the assaulter. He did everything I asserted in my original HR report and in my private letter to him and E! in November. Everyone in Hollywood who stands by Ryan now is choosing not to believe me. That includes every guest on his shows, every studio and network that does business with him, every celebrity who talks to him on a red carpet. Know that this is a choice you are making.

In reliving all these incidents lately, one thing has stuck with me: Ryan seemed to really enjoy humiliating me. He would say out loud, ‘Look how red Suzie’s face is. Look how embarrassed she is!” Then he would laugh, like some next-level corporate tool I didn’t even know existed. When your boss is the golden boy of a network, when they’ve given him his own production company and his own show and moved his radio program into the building, and he is motioning for you to bend down and tie his shoes, you do it. So, joke all you want, Kelly Ripa. NBC and ABC, keep spinning and deflecting. You’re all making a big mistake. And Ryan, stop trying to bully me. It’s not going to work.

[From The Hollywood Reporter]

As I said, I still believe her. There are some interesting details that I missed from the Variety piece, like the stuff about how Seacrest’s behavior towards her was witnessed by so many other people that the *other people* were reporting him to HR. And then as soon as she told HR what was happening, she was fired. This reminds me so much of Matt Lauer, who was also seen as the “golden boy” of NBC News’ programming, and the man who made his female coworkers’ lives a living hell. This isn’t just about an abusive man with power, it’s about the other men in power who go out of their way to protect abusers and not victims. Anyway, THR included some denials from Seacrest’s team, which you can read at the link. He’s lying.

Ryan Seacrest and Carrie Ann Inaba film 'Live With Kelly & Ryan' in the snow

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  1. Lucy2 says:

    I believe her. And he knows it too, he knows he did these things.
    Unfortunately I doubt she will ever see justice from this, but hopefully by her not letting up, she may protect other people who have to work with him in the future.

    • Margo S. says:

      I like to think that she will get justice. I doubt she’s the only one he’s done this too. Plus the public is not here for seascrest. There will be enough push back that he’ll be let go this year for sure.

    • Masamf says:

      I totally believe this woman, Seacrest is a sexual harasser. And it seems to me like once again Hollywood is rallying around and protecting their own, doesn’t it? Because this poor woman isn’t an actress, she isn’t a star of some sort, because she is a “nobody” so to speak, nobody cares to call out Seacrest on his abuse. Instead, everyone is brushing the abuse aside and practically siding with Seacrest to call the victim a liar! Isn’t it hypocritical of these so called women’s right champions to criticize Kate for not wearing black at the BAFTA but then turn around and totally ignore Seacrest’s victim? I mean where is the outcry from Hollywood? I remember when at the Oscars how people were commenting on how Taraj interaction with Seacrest blah blah blah, and how quickly Taraj was to shoot down the claims that remotely suggested that she had publicly acknowledged the woman’s claims? Yet if it had been some Hollywood actress to accuse Seacrest, you think there still would be this deafening silence about Seacrest harassment? I betcha not!

      • Rumi says:

        I believe her and hope she gets justice.
        Where are all the people who wore black and times up pins?
        Why don’t they ever publicly rally around and support victims like Suzie and Terry?
        I truly hope that the darkest underbelly of Hollywood where the Dan Schneiders and Bryan Singers are get exposed, that’s where I believe the power players are.
        The press is pretty tepid when it comes to those stories.

    • Emily says:

      I know she is telling the truth. I myself was recently the victim of insane violence (a home invasion and held at gun point) and it was orchestrated by my ex-fiancé. (The police made three arrests – though my ex still has not yet paid for his part – though he will). You can only call someone out so blatantly without fear of further repercussion (defamation lawsuits) when you are telling the truth. You can only go into such great detail when there is no grey area. I most definitely believe her.

  2. Caity says:

    I. Believe. Her.

    • Fhmom says:

      +1

      If you want to get outraged, google Belfast rape trial.

    • GoodGrrrrl? says:

      When my kiddo was born in 2005, I used to keep E on in the background w Cat Sandler and some other dread locked man? It was so celebrity & juicy. Then came the cheesy saturation of all things “Ryan seacrest productions” ie the Kardashian’s for hours etc. Ryan seacrest’s ego made E Into homogenous blah.

  3. Shotcaller says:

    If we don’t blame actresses for working with Weinstein it’s not fair to accuse guests on his crappy show of taking his side. She’s speaking out of pain but these men are to blame and the networks/production companies that shield them are to blame.

    • Darla says:

      I don’t think she’s blaming the guests, I thought she did take a shot at the people who talked to him on the red carpet? Which, I really didn’t like that they did that either.

      • lisa says:

        lots of people didnt stop and talk to him before we knew he was an abuser so no one has to do it now

        and no one has to stop and tell him that good people win in the end or whatever that nonsense taraji said

      • Shotcaller says:

        She said “that includes every guest on his shows”. Actresses deserve a shot at increasing their profile so they can contnue working.

      • Darla says:

        Okay I missed that shotcaller, sorry.

    • Masamf says:

      @Shotcaller, the actresses did not work with Weinstain AFTER the accusations! The guests that appear on Seacrest’s shows are doing so AFTER the accusations, that’s the difference. They all, Seacrest, Networks, co-presenters (Kelly Rippa) AND the guests, choose to turn a blind eye to her story which is a clear way of saying they believe Seacrest and not her. Let me ask you, if some Hollywood actress had accused Seacrest of sexual harassment, even if it was just one known actress, do you think Seacrest would still be treated the same as he is now? I doubt it! I agree that actresses deserve a shot, but do they have to appear on a show of a man that has been accused of sexual harassment to get that shot? Again, I ask, if Angelina Jolie had accused Seacrest of harassment, would he still get these actresses (that need a shot) on his shows?

      • Shotcaller says:

        Masamf
        I don’t think you’re asking the right questions. What you’re saying is that if an actress has enough power or clout she can be a trailblazer in helping to shut down these predators, that she can influence the narrative. But I don’t think it should be up to the actresses. I don’t think they should fall on their swords to right a wrong. Besides, the Weinstein nightmare taught us all that no actress is powerful enough to escape predation. As far as people being unwilling to work with predators only after allegations are made public – that is not reality. Rose McGowan accused him years ago, actresses were industry blackballed left and right, there was a trail of victims and Weinstein‘s assault and abuse was a very open secret in Hollywood. It was only last fall that everything hit the fan for the rest of America, so yes, actresses were still working with him after they knew. And I don’t blame them. I blame him.

      • Masamf says:

        @Shotcaller, I’m not personally blaming actresses, I’m calling all Hollywood out, and Hollywood is the powers that be, yes, AND the actors (men and women) and their managers/promoters. And I’m not asking any particular actress to “trailblaze”, all I’m saying is that no actor/manager/promoter (men and women) should be giving Seacrest any time at this point. If we learnt anything from the HW saga, it is that continuing to turn a blind eye to sexual abuse and continuing to give Seacrest opportunities to continue practicing in Hollywood as if nothing happened is enabling and emboldening abusers and its a passive way of attempting to muzzle his victim(s).

      • Oya says:

        For some reason, I can’t reply to shotcaller, I’ll just leave this here. I don’t think she was blaming actresses or calling them out, but calling out the entire culture of Hollywood that encourages all participants to overlook abusive behavior. I can only hope that all celebrities who have the clout can start refusing to appear on shows where the host is openly abusive to staff. Celebrities started refusing to appear on Megan Kelly after the Jane Fonda mess even though NBC has a lot of clout, so they can start refusing other gigs— or say “I’ll be on X show if there is a female guest host.” Some celebrities are big enough to not just go on with the status quo.

  4. Darla says:

    Definitely believe her. And I am glad she’s not going quietly away. That’s what they want. That’s what they always want. To shut women up.

  5. damejudi says:

    I believe her.

    Suzie, I believe you.

  6. TaniaOG says:

    I believe her. Though I am shocked to hear that he actually likes women.

    • deets says:

      This doesn’t mean he is attracted to women.

      Sexual harassment, despite the name, doesn’t necessarily mean sexual interest and gratification. It’s often used as a tactic for humiliation and control.

    • Kelly says:

      I think this may be why Seacrest, unlike so many others, hasn’t been affected by this accusation. I thought he was gay or possibly asexual. It was surprising to learn he was harassing women. It would have been less surprising for a man to accuse him.

  7. RBC says:

    I wonder how much longer he will co host “ Live with Kelly and Ryan”? There are already blind items hinting that Kelly Ripa is furious about the allegations against him and what it could do to “her” show.
    This plus the fact ratings for American Idol are not exactly through the roof , make me think Ryan Seacrest is headed for a hard fall in the entertainment industry. If the Kardashians decide to ever their backs on him then you know he is finished.

    • Masamf says:

      @RBC, hasn’t Kelly Ripa publicly supported Ryan against these accusations? Ha! Interesting that she worries about what it would do to HER show!!

      • RBC says:

        The rumours I read online are that she is publicly supportive, but behind the scenes she is furious. After that whole fiasco when her last host left for another job, I tend to give her a side eye.

      • lucy2 says:

        She’s in kind of a tough position here. I don’t think she has the power to remove him from the show, right? If so, she’s stuck next to the guy and could possibly be fired herself if she trashes him publicly. Hopefully she does have some power there and can press for him to be removed. I don’t know why he got that job anyway, no one likes him.

      • Masamf says:

        @Lucy, Kelly doesn’t have to publicly support Seacrest, she doesn’t have to do anything. She just needs to shut her mouth and let the victim tell her story. He continual public support and patting Seacrest on the back and telling him how she believes in him is a public statement that she continues to brand the victim a liar and that she believes Seacrest is the victim in this case. No amount of behind the scenes fury is negating the fact that Kelly is victim blaming Seacrest’s victim. And I have to wonder if she is furious at Seacrest or at the woman who is coming out with accusations that will taint the Kelly show!!

      • lucy2 says:

        Oh wow, she’s actually saying that on the show!? Then forget what I said, she’s enabling him and poisoning their audience by supporting an abuser.

  8. Tw says:

    The only shocking thing about this is I thought he was gay.

  9. manda says:

    I totally believe her. I don’t understand, and never have, his appeal. He has always come across as creepy to me

  10. Smokey says:

    You all know he can be a closeted gay man and also a power mad abuser, right?

    • Kelly says:

      For me – yes. I just assumed he would use his mad power to abuse men. That’s the surprising part.

    • imqrious2 says:

      From things I read, he will not come out while his parents are alive, due to them being very religious. He is a predator, and in my opinion, I doubt he is straight.

      I. BELIEVE. HER!

  11. pru says:

    I believe her.

    He always seems so fake, like his entire personality is an affectation.

    I’m reminded of when Kathy Griffin talked about him in one of her really old stand up shows. She said he ripped open her shirt on stage as they were presenting an award in front of an audience, leaving her standing in just her bra.

  12. Shotcaller says:

    Reminiscing about how he used to paw Fantasia Burrino on live television years ago on Idol. I can only imagine the stories she could tell.

  13. Darla says:

    He could be bi, he could even be evil and this has nothing to do with sexual desire either way! I am leaning towards the latter. That he just really enjoys humiliating people. Maybe, women particularly. Doesn’t have to be sexual. Could just be evil. Could be a mother issue,. Who knows, who cares? He did it. I 100% believe her. I get nauseous every time I see him now, so Suzie there are a lot of women out here who believe you and who won’t deal with him anymore, even as viewers.

    • RUDDYZOOKEEPER says:

      Didn’t he used to be really heavy as a kid? I feel like I remember him talking about this ages ago, being bullied and feeling humiliated about himself and his weight. Pardon my phrasing, but once a fat kid always a fat kid, mentally speaking. And I’m sure he still carrying those feelings around, but now that he has absurd amounts of power he is “getting back” and “showing them.” Abused people often become abusers, the bullied often become bullies.

  14. kimbers says:

    I believe her 100%

  15. LadyT says:

    NBC is home of Matt Lauer and E! is home of underpaid Sadler and fired producer that “let” critism of her treatment on air. Not to mention the absolute gall of E! to let Seacrest and his enormous ego proceed to host the Oscar Red Carpet.
    Their history speaks for itself.

  16. ellieohara says:

    I’m sorry but she argued in her hollywood reporter piece that she felt he was sexually attracted to her. I DO NOT BELIEVE HE IS SEXUALLY ATTRACTED TO WOMEN. If she’d wrote that he was a gay man humiliating her then I’d believe it. But that’s not what she’s alleging.

    Sorry but I cannot believe any story that relies on Ryan Seacrest being straight.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I am sorry to be so frank, but the idea that you are disbelieving her because you are making assumptions about the sexuality of someone you have never met or slept with is pretty outrageous.

  17. Lady D says:

    I believe you, Suzie Hardy.

  18. Texasho says:

    I believe her too. And what’s disgusting is Kelly Ripa standing by in compliance. Of course she’s only doing it to save her own butt, but the truth will prevail and hopefully she (Kelly) will go away with Ryan and be forever banished aka Matt Lauer. Times up, horrible people!! Eat crap and die!! Gosh I love Karma.