Ryan Seacrest speaks out against misconduct allegations

The American Idol host is opening up about the recent investigation into his past.

On Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, The Hollywood Reporter published a guest column penned by Ryan Seacrest, detailing his thoughts on being "wrongly" accused of sexual misconduct. "To have my workplace conduct questioned was gut-wrenching," the 43-year-old recalled. "I've always aimed to treat all of my colleagues with honesty, respect, kindness and compassion."

Noting that he always seeks to be a part of change, Seacrest said, "I did not want to be a postscript of evidence of its cause."

Reminding the public that the investigation against him ended after the E! network found no evidence to support the accuser's allegations, Seacrest stated, "Most of us agree that the presumption of innocence is an important standard. We are taught early on that it's essential to see all sides, to give everyone a chance to explain and to check for exculpatory evidence that may have been missed. At a time when improper interactions between men and women, particularly in the workplace, are part of a national conversation, we must find a way to ensure that everyone — the public, private and public institutions, accusers and alleged accused — is given the opportunity for a swift and fair review."

He continued, "My job is to listen. Beyond listening, which I will continue in earnest, I also will ask questions and try to help voices be heard. It isn't lost on me that my platforms — radio, TV, social media — can be powerful conduits for change."

He added, "I realize the morals and values, the decency, we've perhaps taken for granted, individually and as citizens of the world, are in question. Worse, at risk. I do not take these things for granted."

In November 2017, The Hollywood Reporter reported that a former E! wardrobe stylist had claimed that Seacrest had "behaved inappropriately" ten years earlier, sparking E! to launch an investigation into the matter. Seacrest denied the claims at the time, stating, "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."

It's worth noting that the allegations against Seacrest came at a time when multiple men in Hollywood were being accused of sexual misconduct — following reports that movie producer Harvey Weinstein had allegedly sexually harassed, sexually assaulted, and raped women for decades.