Ryan Seacrest’s Accuser Demanded $15M for Silence
UPDATE (11/21/17 8.45 a.m. ET)
The stylist who accused Ryan Seacrest of demeaning and sexually aggresive behavior allegedly demanded he pay $15million for her silence.
The woman, who has yet to be named, has accused the American Idol host of various forms of aggressive behavior between 2007 and 2010.
According to TMZ, her lawyer told him that if he didn't pay up, she would go to the media.
Ryan then decided he would release a statement, in which he vehemently denied any wrongdoing.
According to TMZ, when the lawyer's demand for $15million was rejected, he then said a 7-figure sum would be satisfactory.
Though the statue of limitations has already passed and the TV host couldn't have been charged, the lawyer told TMZ his client "wanted an apology from Ryan and validation of what had happened...
"What she got was a complete rejection of the allegations and a request that she not go forward with an interview with NBC investigators."
Read on for Ryan's statement on the accusations.
ORIGINAL STORY (11/18/17 2.25 p.m. ET)
A stylist who worked with Ryan Seacrest more than a decade ago has made allegations about him which he is not taking lying down.
The 42-year-old television presenter made the decision to come out and dispute the ''reckless allegations'' made against him.
The woman reportedly wanted a large sum of money to stay quiet, which prompted Ryan to go public.
In a statement, he said, "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."
E! News have also confirmed they are investigating the allegations.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news of the alleged misconduct, which was said to have been reported around one week ago.
Details of the alleged misconduct remain private at this time.
However, a source told Deadline the accuser wanted a "substantial amount of money to keep quiet."
The American Idol host decided to go public as he was worried that paying any money would make him look guilty, which he vehemently denies.
It comes after a string of misconduct allegations were made against the likes of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, House of Cards actor Kevin Spacey, filmmaker Brett Ratner, and Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick.