Ryan Seacrest accuser: I won't be silenced, and I've filed a police report (guest column)

Editor's Note: Seacrest's and NBC Universal's responses to the allegations in this column are included below.

It's been four months since I sent a letter to Ryan Seacrest and E! detailing the sexual assault and harassment I endured while I was Ryan's personal stylist from 2007 to 2012. To give a little context to my job, I didn't just style Ryan for the E! News show in studio. I packed clothes for him to wear on American Idol, I traveled with him and styled him for New Year's Rockin' Eve in Times Square, I got him ready for red carpet shows for the Grammys, Golden Globes and Oscars. We worked the Disney Christmas Parade every year. I made late-night runs to his house to get his looks together for countless appearances and events. I was his personal stylist as much as I was anything.

When the #MeToo movement empowered so many women to come forward with their truths, I did so as well. In response to the letter, E! owner NBC Universal conducted an incomplete investigation of the facts and declared the results “inconclusive.” Ryan chose to immediately author a guest column in The Hollywood Reporter falsely claiming he had been vindicated and attempting to portray himself as the victim. I finally said "enough is enough" and went public with my name and the ugly details of what I endured.

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And then … nothing. Sure, some celebrities avoided Ryan on the red carpet at the Oscars, and his ratings were way down. But the silence since then has been deafening. Ryan continues to cheerfully co-host Live with Kelly and Ryan each morning with Kelly Ripa’s full support. He’s the smiling host of American Idol twice a week on ABC. And E! continues to back him. NBC News invited me to tell my story on the Megyn Kelly show, but after the Oscars (and an extensive pre-interview I did with her producers), that invitation disappeared. “We need to reschedule,” they said. I’m still waiting for that.

So much for "Let's believe the women," right? Unless you're the President of the United States or a TV cash cow, apparently. Those who work with Ryan seem to hope I will just go away. Well, I'm not going away. I'm thriving in the truth and feel more inspired than ever. I recently contacted the LAPD and filed a police report so I'm guaranteed a real investigation this time. (Editor's note: THR confirmed a police report has been filed and is being investigated.) Ryan’s team of lawyers, who are also representing Harvey Weinstein, do not intimidate me. If Ryan is so innocent, why hasn't he called me a liar or sued me or presented evidence of my so-called extortion plot?

These were not new allegations to Ryan, E! and many in my close-knit circle of family and friends. I gave a full account of my experience to the E! HR department in 2012, while I was still employed. Soon after my truthful confession, I was let go without severance, compensation or any credible explanation. After six years of faithful work and dedication that included humiliating episodes of inappropriate advances, touching, groping and assault, I was gone, just like that.

It was never my intention to go public. When I was enduring harassment, I stayed away from HR because I was informed it was a one-way ticket to the unemployment line. But because so many of the incidents occurred in front of other people, HR actually called me in to ask if there was something going on romantically between me and my boss. When asked on the spot, I spilled everything to them … and then was systematically flushed.

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WASHINGTON - JANUARY 19: Ryan Seacrest speaks on stage during the pre-inaugural Celebration of Freedom event on the Ellipse January 19, 2005 in Washington, DC. Bush will be sworn into serve his second term as President of the United States January 20. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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HOLLYWOOD - APRIL 06: Actor Robin Williams (L) and host Ryan Seacrest speak onstage during the taping of Idol Gives Back held at the Kodak Theatre on April 6, 2008 in Hollywood, California. Idol Gives Back will air April 9, 2008 (7:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Radio Host Ryan Seacrest arrives at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theater on September 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/FilmMagic)
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LOS ANGELES - APRIL 19: Television hosts Jeff Probst and Ryan Seacrest sit court side in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals between the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2009 NBA Playoffs on April 19, 2009 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers won 113-100. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
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ATLANTA - OCTOBER 24: (L-R) Ronald McDonald, Ryan Seacrest of American Idol and the Coca-Cola Polar Bear attend a toast to the Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities at World Of Coca-Cola Pop Culture Room on October 24, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/WireImage)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 31: Host Ryan Seacrest celebrates onstage during Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2010 in Times Square on December 31, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/DCNYRE2010/Getty Images for DCP)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 15: TV/Radio host Ryan Seacrest arrives at KIIS FM's Wango Tango 2010 at the Staples Center on May 15, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)
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INGLEWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson and Ryan Seacrest attend the 'American Idol' Season 10 Press Conference at The Forum on September 22, 2010 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Ryan Seacrest arrives at Treats! 2011 Pre-Oscar Magazine Launch Party at Goldstein Residence on February 24, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/FilmMagic)
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(L-R) Jonathan Cheban, Ryan Seacrest and Khloe Kardashian pose at the iHeartRadio iPad App Launch Event at The Standard Hotel on June 6, 2011 in New York City.
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PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 08: Host Ryan Seacrest speaks onstage during the 'American Idol' panel during the FOX Broadcasting Company portion of the 2012 Winter TCA Tour at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on January 8, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: (L-R) Hana Hwang and host Ryan Seacrest backstage at FOX's 'American Idol' Season 11 Top 12 Guys Live Performance Show on February 28, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 04: TV and radio personality Ryan Seacrest leaves the 'Today Show' taping at the NBC Rockefeller Center Studios on April 4, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 10: Ellen K and Ryan Seacrest attend the ceremony honoring radio personality Ellen K with a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame held on May 10, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
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NEW YORK CITY, NY - DECEMBER 31: Ryan Seacrest, Mc Hammer and Psy speak onstage at Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2013 in Times Square on December 31, 2012 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/DCNYRE2013/Getty Images for DCP)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: TV personality Ryan Seacrest attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 29: Ryan Seacrest attends the MOCA 35th anniversary gala celebration at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA on March 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
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LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 19: Radio personality Ryan Seacrest attends the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 19, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 05: TV personality Ryan Seacrest (L) and singer Ed Sheeran attend KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2014 powered by LINE at Staples Center on December 5, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 09: Ryan Seacrest poses for a portrait backstage at 102.7 KIIS FM's 2015 Wango Tango at StubHub Center on May 9, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images For 102.7 KIIS FM's Wango Tango)
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I told many people, including my boyfriend at the time, what was happening. He was furious and suggested I call a prominent women’s rights lawyer, but she had a conflict of interest. Another good friend put me in touch with a lawyer, but I felt the deck was stacked against me and I had no chance going up against the powerful machine that was letting me go. I was even told by a high-powered entertainment attorney, “You didn't sleep with him, you have no case.” Shocked, I learned of a “standard” agreement most women are presented in the industry to silence them after a sexual encounter with an employer. I was devastated and angry. I did the right thing! I didn't sleep with him, I didn't kiss him, he never touched me consensually, and there's no agreement for that? For being a professional? For laughing off this buffoon’s unwanted advances for years? That anger and confusion stayed with me while I did my best to re-invent myself and find new employment in a different field. I found work for much less money, but the anger and humiliation has never gone away.

All I wanted was an apology, some validation and some real action to protect women in the workplace. What I got was NBC promising to do a thorough and confidential investigation of my claims. Sadly, NBC did not interview 10 of the witnesses I provided, including my therapist and my boyfriend at the time. After closing the books on its "inconclusive" investigation, NBC refused to provide me with any of its findings or even the HR reports from my 2012 claims.

Ryan chose to take this public, not me. But I will not stand by silently and let Ryan or the sycophants that employ him get away with this. Not when teenagers, with their voices shaking, can speak up to Congress on gun control. I can face this too! Ryan is not a victim, he is the instigator and the assaulter. He did everything I asserted in my original HR report and in my private letter to him and E! in November. Everyone in Hollywood who stands by Ryan now is choosing not to believe me. That includes every guest on his shows, every studio and network that does business with him, every celebrity who talks to him on a red carpet. Know that this is a choice you are making.

In reliving all these incidents lately, one thing has stuck with me: Ryan seemed to really enjoy humiliating me. He would say out loud, 'Look how red Suzie's face is, look how embarrassed she is!” Then he would laugh, like some next-level corporate tool I didn't even know existed. When your boss is the golden boy of a network, when they've given him his own production company and his own show and moved his radio program into the building, and he is motioning for you to bend down and tie his shoes, you do it.

So, joke all you want, Kelly Ripa. NBC and ABC, keep spinning and deflecting. You’re all making a big mistake. And Ryan, stop trying to bully me. It’s not going to work.

Seacrest has denied any inappropriate behavior, calling the claims "reckless allegations." An investigation conducted by an outside law firm cleared him Feb. 1, finding "insufficient evidence to support the claims." The company's investigation focused on witnesses with firsthand knowledge of interactions between Seacrest and Hardy. NBC and Seacrest have said Hardy was not terminated; her contract ended when Seacrest's tenure on E! News came to a close. NBC declined to comment further. 

In a statement, Seacrest's attorney, Andrew Baum, said: "After Mr. Seacrest denied each and every one of Ms. Hardy’s decade old claims, after Mr. Seacrest refused to pay Ms. Hardy any money whatsoever, and after an independent legal investigation did not support her claims, Ms. Hardy went to the press attacking the legitimacy of the investigation. Now, after being refused money and unhappy with the independent legal investigation, Ms. Hardy now claims to have spoken to the authorities. We will continue to cooperate and we remain confident that Mr. Seacrest will once again be cleared of any wrongdoing."

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