Ryan Seacrest: Sexual harassment accuser asked me for money

Publicists to steer stars away from Seacrest on Oscars red carpet

Yesterday, Variety published a salacious story that revealed the specific claims against me for the first time - even though and independent third-party investigator found insufficient evidence to support the claims. He says Hardy is trying to extort money from him. Seacrest, who has been hit with allegations of sexual misconduct by a former employee, which he denies, is hosting red carpet coverage for E! at the Academy Awards.

But the dustup is far from over. Ripa took the moment to express how she was "proud" of Seacrest and she couldn't wait to see him on the red carpet.

Ripa's statement on Thursday came after she made a quip on the day before about putting on Seacrest's shoes for him, which some believed was a subtle dig at her co-host, as Hardy has claimed that Seacrest pushed her head in the direction of his crotch when she was tying his shoes, with the New York Post and AOL publishing stories soon after. The Will & Grace actress slammed E! for how it was handling former host Catt Sadler's equal-pay dispute.

Page Six reports that some publicists are of the same mind as Lawrence, and are planning to steer celebrities away from Seacrest. For more on Ryan, listen to our podcast HERE. "There's plenty of other places for clients to get the exposure", one PR "powerhouse" told the publication. "I don't think any smart person would", said another agent.

There are those who are as of yet undecided.

Jennifer Lawrence already told Howard Stern she might not participate in the traditional stop-by with the E!

Seacrest's on-air co-anchor, Kelly Ripa, spoke highly of her male counterpart during a live taping of their show, Live with Kelly and Ryan. I think it is scary, you know. He has not been to trial for anything, I am not a judge. And I just want you to know, you are a privilege to work with and I adore you ...

Lawrence added that regardless of the matter at hand, E! is a touchy outlet for her. I have always had a problem with the Fashion Police. News has said that the investigation into the sexual harassment allegations made against Seacrest had been carried out in thorough detail.

"Over the course of a two-month process, our outside counsel interviewed more than two dozen people regarding the allegations, including multiple separate meetings with the claimant and all firsthand witnesses that she provided", the statement said.

The broadcaster said: "The investigator is an attorney with almost 20 years experience and is highly regarded professionally".

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