Amid a tidal wave of shocking allegations that have come out about Hollywood's elite regarding harassment, it has just been reported the industry's golden boy, Ryan Seacrest, could be in that group.
From “American Idol” to his philanthropy work and his newest stint as co-host on “Live! with Kelly and Ryan,” Seacrest has spent over a decade in the limelight. Throughout that time, he has always come off as a good guy.
Well, new reports have just come in that Seacrest may have found himself the target of a demand to pay $15 million to a woman for sexually aggressive behavior.
TMZ reports that a woman who worked as Seacrest's stylist requested a payout of $15 million over his alleged inappropriate behavior from 2007 to 2010. The source notes the woman contacted Seacrest's lawyer, demanding the massive seven-figure payout, but was quickly shooed off.
However, Seacrest and his lawyer had a conversation with the woman's attorney, in which the woman's lawyer read a press release she would send to the media if the payout was not met. Seacrest's lawyer reportedly came back with a lower settlement that was somewhere in the seven-figure range.
The woman's attorney reportedly told TMZ that she:
“ ... wanted an apology from Ryan and validation of what had happened and what she got was a complete rejection of the allegations and a request that she not go forward with an interview with NBC investigators.”
The woman's lawyer also states they never requested $15 million from Seacrest, TMZ writes.
Seacrest has denied the woman's claims against him.
In a statement released by the producer, Seacrest stated, according to the Hollywood Reporter:
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,“ he adds. ”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.
TMZ notes that since the allegations are from over six years ago, they're well over the statue of limitations both civilly and criminally. Seacrest could not be punished by law.