Monday 26 August 2019

Ryan Seacrest denies he behaved 'inappropriately' towards stylist but apologises if he made her feel 'anything but respected'

Ryan Seacrest arrives for the 59th Grammy Awards pre-telecast on February 12, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTONMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Ryan Seacrest arrives for the 59th Grammy Awards pre-telecast on February 12, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTONMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

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U.S. TV host Ryan Seacrest has denied a former co-worker's allegations of inappropriate behaviour, but has apologised if he made her feel uncomfortable.

A stylist who worked with the 42-year-old at America's E! News network has made a complaint against the star.

Details of the incident are unknown, but a spokesperson for E! News has confirmed to Variety that network bosses are investigating the alleged incident.

In a statement to the U.S. magazine the star denied the allegations, but still offered an apology to his accuser.

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest on 'Live with Kelly and Ryan'.
Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest on 'Live with Kelly and Ryan'.

"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, the statement reads.

"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."

BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY - AUGUST 05: Ryan Seacrest and girlfriend Shayna Taylor attend the Sixth Annual Hamptons Paddle & Party For Pink To Benefit Breast Cancer Research Foundation on August 5, 2017 in Bridgehampton, New York. (Photo by Steven Henry/Getty Images for Breast Cancer Research Foundation)
BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY - AUGUST 05: Ryan Seacrest and girlfriend Shayna Taylor attend the Sixth Annual Hamptons Paddle & Party For Pink To Benefit Breast Cancer Research Foundation on August 5, 2017 in Bridgehampton, New York. (Photo by Steven Henry/Getty Images for Breast Cancer Research Foundation)

Seacrest is the latest star to be accused of inappropriate behaviour, since an explosive New York Times report publicised sexual assault allegations against the movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

In his statement, the American Idol host went on to stress that he tried to ensure women felt comfortable in the workplace.

"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 wrote. "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."

Kevin Spacey, the director Brett Ratner and the comedian Louis C.K. are among the stars accused of sexual misconduct.

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