Ryan Seacrest E! Sexual Harassment Investigation Finds ‘Insufficient Evidence’

Host was accused of misconduct by former “E! News” wardrobe stylist in November

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Following an investigation into a sexual harassment accusation against Ryan Seacrest, E! released a statement on Thursday saying it found “insufficient evidence” and would take no further action.

“E! has now concluded the investigation into allegations regarding Ryan Seacrest. The investigation, conducted by outside counsel, found insufficient evidence to support the claims against Seacrest and therefore could not be substantiated,” the network said  in a statement. “E! is committed to providing a safe working environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity.”

Last November, Seacrest released a statement denying an accusation of sexual misconduct made by a former “E! News” wardrobe stylist. The accusation was not made public, but E! later confirmed that it had opened an investigation into Seacrest’s behavior during his tenure on the program.

“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,” Seacrest said in the statement.

“I treat all my colleagues with kindness, dignity, and understanding, as this is a principle that’s core to who I am,” he continued. “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.”

Seacrest joined “E! News” as host in 2006 before leaving to focus on other hosting duties. He currently co-hosts the morning show “Live! With Kelly and Ryan,” and will return as the host of “American Idol” when the singing competition makes its return on ABC later this year.