Ryan Seacrest has been cleared after allegations of sexual harassment sparked an investigation at E!, one of his employers. The investigation was closed after it was decided that there was not enough evidence to support the allegations made against Seacrest.
The investigation was launched after a former stylist who worked at E! News at the same time as Seacrest alleged that he sexually harassed her nearly 10 years ago. Seacrest denied the report, calling it “reckless.” E! hired an outside firm to investigate the report and just announced that Seacrest’s name has been cleared.
“E! has now concluded the investigation into allegations regarding Ryan Seacrest,” the network said in a statement. “The investigation, conducted by outside counsel, found insufficient evidence to substantiate allegations against Seacrest. E! is committed to providing a safe working environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity.”
Unlike the floods of misconduct allegations that have brought down many other A-listers in recent months, this was the only public account about Seacrest. Still, in many sexual harassment cases, there is no evidence but the word of the victim against the word of the accused. A lack of evidence doesn’t necessarily mean the report is false.
E! is also the network that recently came under fire for paying anchor Catt Sadler half of what a man in her same position was making. Even when Sadler discovered the pay discrepancy and asked for the same salary that her coanchor, Jason Kennedy, was making, the network reportedly refused to pay her fairly, resulting in her sudden departure from the job she’d held for 12 years. You have to admit, E!’s record of taking care of its female employees isn’t spotless, and we hope the way this investigation was conducted isn’t just another example of that.