‘Everyone just ignores that he was one of the accused men last year? SURE OK’: Twitter lashes out at Ryan Seacrest as he sports a #TimesUp bracelet on the Globes carpet despite allegations of sexual harassment by his stylist last year
- Ryan Seacrest was on the Golden Globes carpet sporting a #TimesUp bracelet
- During the pre-show, Seacrest was working the carpet with the bracelet on
- Twitter users were quick to recall that in February his stylist came forward in an interview with Variety, alleging he sexually harassed her
- His stylist, Suzie Hardy, alleged that he pushed his erect penis against her and groped her vagina
- Hardy worked with Seacrest from 2007 until 2013 when she says she complained to human resources and her employment ended
Ryan Seacrest, who was accused of sexual harassment at the end of the awards season last year, was on the carpet Sunday for the Golden Globes, sporting a #TimesUp bracelet.
Seacrest, whose choice of accessory was noticed by Twitter users who pointed out the irony that the E! News host was not only be wearing the bracelet but was also talking about it as he worked the carpet.
In November 2017, stylist Suzie Hardy came forward alleging Seacrest had sexually harassed her when she worked for him in 2007 until 2013 when she says she reported his alleged behavior to human resource executives, and her employment ended.
Among her allegations she said he pushed his erect penis against her and groped her vagina, Variety reported.
Ryan Seacrest, who was publicly accused of sexual harassment towards the end of the awards season last year, was on the first carpet of 2019 at the Golden Globes sporting a #TimesUp bracelet
The bracelet was sponsored by many guests at the event to represent the movement
This Twitter user lashed out at Seacrest sporting a #TimesUp bracelet
At the time that her allegations were made public, Seacrest issued a lengthy statement saying a third party had investigated her claims and that they were unfounded.
‘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 television personality wrote in his statement at the time.
‘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.’
He concluded: ‘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’s investigation found ‘insufficient evidence’ to support the claims against Seacrest.
However, Hardy fired back saying NBC Universal, E!’s parent company, did not interview key people, including her boyfriend at the time and her therapist.
One Twitter user hit out during the Globes carpet Sunday saying: ‘Ryan Seacrest is wearing? A Time’s Up bracelet? While everyone just kinda ignores that he was one of the accused men last year? SURE OK.’
‘What gives Ryan Seacrest the ego to wear a #TimesUp bracelet? Does he think we forgot?’ tweeted another one.
Another person shared a link to the Variety article, dryly commenting: ‘Cool cool I guess we’re still ignoring this.’
‘HOW is Giuliana unironically talking about Time’s Up TO RYAN SEACREST,’ shared yet another.
After E News asked who people were excited to see on the carpet, this Twitter user used it as an opportunity to rile up anyone who would point it out to Seacrest during the pre-show
‘Shout-out to Regina King’s son for reminding Ryan Seacrest that women need to feel safe in the workplace,’ another Twitter user wrote.
During last year’s Oscars red carpet, actress Taraji P. Henson hit out at Seacrest about the accusations against him.
‘The universe has a way of taking care of good people,’ Henson said to Seacrest. ‘Know what I mean?’