Ryan Seacrest Has Now Been Accused of Sexual Harassment

Ryan Seacrest is the latest famous name to face allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the ubiquitous TV and radio personality has been accused of acting inappropriately with a former stylist.

This same publication reports that the the alleged victim made a substantial financial request of Seacrest in exchange for her silence.

The American Idol emcee and Kelly Ripa co-host refused said request.

The unnamed woman worked as a wardrobe stylist for E! and says the incident took place about 10 years ago.

No details about her claims against Seacrest have been made public.

A spokesperson for E!, however, has confirmed that the cable network is conducting an investigation into the matter.

And Seacrest has released a lengthy statement in his own defense.

It reads as follows:

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.

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.

Seacrest, of course, is a very busy and successful producer and host.

He currently sits each morning opposite Ripa on Live With Kelly and Ryan” weekday mornings on ABC; is scheduled to serve as host of that network’s upcoming revival of American Idol next spring.

This news comes amid a wave of sexual harassment and assault allegations that have rocked Hollywood over the pastfew weeks, starting with back-to-back bombshell reports in The New York Times and The New Yorker that detailed allegations of sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein.

Since then, accusations of misconduct have been leveled against such significant stars as Kevin Spacey, Lous C.K. and Jeffrey Tambor, just to name a few.

We’ll update this story with more details as news breaks.


Stephen Colbert Grills Ben Affleck on Sexual Harassment Allegations

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sex scandals, numerous Hollywood power players have been taken to task for their deplorable behavior toward women, minors, and others in vulnerable positions. 

Some were complicit in Weintstein’s behavior, while others engaged in abuse and harassment of their own that was brought to light thanks to the example set by the disgraced mogul’s courageous accusers.

Ben Affleck falls into both categories.

Along with his childhood friend Matt Damon, Affleck rose to prominence with his performance in Goodwill Hunting, a film he also co-wrote with Damon, earning them a pair of Best Original Screenplay Oscars.

Like so many other films produced conglomerate-owned “indie” studios in the early ’90s, Hunting was ushered into existence by Harney Weinstein.

So like Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, and many others, Affleck and Damon were faced with some difficult questions following the revelations of Weinstein’s rampant abuse.

Primarily, the public wanted to know if these men were aware of Weinstein’s behavior and if they took any steps to prevent it.

Before he even had a chance to issue response, however, Affleck was accused of groping an MTV host and behaving inappropriately with a Canadian entertainment journalist.

The father of three laid low for a few weeks after that, and it’s been widely rumored that Affleck checked back into rehab recently.

Of course, Affleck long ago made the leap from indie darling to superhero franchise anchor, which means that when promotional obligations arise, he doesn’t have the option of keeping a low profile, even when he’s riding out a scandal.

As such, Affleck stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night for an interview with a host whose been outspoken in his disgust with the recent round of appalling reports coming out of Hollywood.

“I don’t remember it, but I absolutely apologized for it,” Affleck responded in response to Colbert’s question about allegations that he groped Hilarie Burton back in 2003.

“I certainly don’t think she’s lying or making it up,” he added.

“It’s just the kind of thing that we have to as men, I think, as we become more aware of this, be really, really mindful of our behavior and hold ourselves accountable and say, ‘If I was ever part of the problem, I want to change. I want to be part of the solution,’ and to not shy away from these uncomfortable or awkward or strange encounters that we might’ve had where we were sort of navigating and not knowing.”

It’s a bit odd that Affleck suggested there might be any doubt as to whether or not the incident took place, considering it was caught on camera, but … at least he’s trying?

Asked about his ties to Weinstein, Affleck had this to say:

“It was awful to see the extent of these terrible crimes and it was hideous. I haven’t worked for Harvey in more than 15 years, but nonetheless, I felt this attachment.

“I did movies like Good Will Hunting, Shakespeare in Love and Chasing Amy – early movies that I really loved doing, when I still was totally brand new.

“And so it sort of rained that a little bit to realize while we were having these experiences and making these movies, there were people who ere suffering and dealing with awful experiences. I didn’t really know what to do with that, you know? It’s hard to know.”

Again, it would have been better if Ben didn’t feel the need to preface his remarks with a lame attempt at self-absolution (“Sure Harvey basically kicked off my career, but we haven’t worked together … since I was in my thirties!”) but at least he’s taking part in this crucial conversation.

The fact is, that in the weeks to follow more stars and power players, some of whom may be deeply beloved by large segments of the population, will be implicated in acts of sexual misconduct of varying severity.

For some, there can be no redemption.

For others may find themselves in positions where forgiveness might be possible, but it certainly won’t come easy.

Ben’s right when he says men in all industries and of all orientations must be more mindful of his behavior.

We just wish his comments didn’t come on the heels of a whole lot of back-pedaling and justification.


Farrah Abraham Named Ambassador for Sexual Positivity (Really)

Teen Mom OG firebrand Farrah Abraham has another impressive professional accomplishment to add to her burgeoning LinkedIn page:

The esteemed title of Ambassador for Sexual Positivity, courtesy of a prestigious organization that knows a thing or two about such things.

Everyone's favorite reality star, frozen yogurt queen, part-time cam girl and general business mogul is happy to accept this honor, too.

Here's how she earned it – and what she has to say about being a role model for the best kind of sexual energy (seriously, this is a thing) …

1. Farrah the Ambassador

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Farrah Abraham was just granted a prestigious sexual ambassadorship. No greater honor can be bestowed upon a woman of her pedigree. But what the heck does that mean, you’re asking?

2. Putting the MV in MVP

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It was announced that the (former?) MTV star has been named an MV Ambassador for adult video site ManyVids, where she will be promoting a platform of sexual positivity.

3. Turning a Negative Into a Positive

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This is perhaps Farrah Abraham’s greatest skill as a businesswoman (no offense to her froyo franchises or other endeavors). In response to what she describes as bullying and sex shaming by MTV, which she says “fake fired” her over her sex industry dealings, she’s doubled down and changed the conversation with this esteemed new ambassadorship.

4. Much Love From ManyVids

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“ManyVids is inspired by Farrah’s passionate dedication to making sure sex workers are treated with the respect and admiration they deserve,” the company, which describes itself as “the leading online destination for premium, original adult content,” said in a statement.

5. A Friend of Sex Workers

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“The motivation behind everything we do is to empower sex workers to become independently successful by giving them the platform to be themselves,” ManyVids continued. “With that in mind, we couldn’t be happier to announce that Farrah Abraham has signed on to become the next MV Ambassador! We’re so thrilled to join forces with such an accomplished public figure who is using her star power to fight back against sex shaming.” You can’t make this stuff up.

6. Empowering Women and Promoting Hot, Consexual Sex

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That is Farrah’s mission. “I believe now more than ever that it is the right time to be an MV Ambassador for Sexual Positivity,” Abraham said as part of the announcement. “I feel passionate about empowering men and women to have a healthy consensual sex life. I want to advocate to end sexual harassment.”

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Mark Schwahn, One Tree Hill Creator, Accused of Rampant Sexual Misconduct

Over the past few weeks, accusations of sexual harassment have been leveled against numerous powerful men in Hollywood.

But few allegations have been like this:

On Monday night, the female cast and many crew members from One Tree Hill came together to write an open letter that called out series creator Mark Schwahn for years of unchecked sexual misconduct.

The actresses were inspired to take this unusual step after writer Audrey Wauchope (who currently works on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) Tweeted on Saturday that she and a colleague were sexually harassed years ago during their time writing for an unnamed series.

Wauchope did not cite Schwahn by name in her barrage of Tweets, either.

But she did write the following:

“Female writers would try to get the spot where the showrunner wouldn’t sit as to not be touched. Often men would help out by sitting next to him, thus protecting the women.

“Sometimes we wouldn’t luck out and he’d just squeeze his disgusting body in between us and put his arms around us, grinning.

“He pet hair. He massaged shoulders. I know he did more but not to me so they’re not my stories to share.”

Wauchope went on to say that the showrunner passed around naked photos of an actress he had slept with, unbeknownst to the actress, and that he tried talking a writer out of getting married because he wanted a chance to have sex with her.

It’s now clear that Wauchope was referring to Mark Schwahn.

In a joint statement – signed by One Tree Hill stars such as Sophia Bush, Hilarie Burton and Bethany Joy Lenz – the female cast members of this former CW hit backed up Wauchope’s claims and alleged Schwahn manipulated many of them “psychologically and emotionally.”

Here is what the powerful letter says:

All of the female cast members of One Tree Hill have chosen this forum to stand together in support of Audrey Wauchope and one another.

To use terminology that has become familiar as the systemic reality of sexual harassment and assault has come more and more to light, Mark Schwahn’s behavior over the duration of the filming of One Tree Hill was something of an “open secret.”

Many of us were, to varying degrees, manipulated psychologically and emotionally. More than one of us is still in treatment for post-traumatic stress.

Many of us were put in uncomfortable positions and had to swiftly learn to fight back, sometimes physically, because it was made clear to us that the supervisors in the room were not the protectors they were supposed to be.

Many of us were spoken to in ways that ran the spectrum from deeply upsetting, to traumatizing, to downright illegal. And a few of us were put in positions where we felt physically unsafe.

More than one woman on our show had her career trajectory threatened.

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It continues:

The through line in all of this was, and still is, our unwavering support of and faith in one another. We confided in each other.

We set up safe spaces to talk about his behavior and how to handle it. To warn new women who joined our ranks.

We understood that a lot of it was orchestrated in ways that kept it out of sight for the studio back home. We also understood that no one was fully unaware.

The lack of action that has been routine, the turning of the other cheek, is intolerable.

We collectively want to echo the calls of women everywhere that vehemently demand change, in all industries.

Many of us were told, during filming, that coming forward to talk about this culture would result in our show being canceled and hundreds of lovely, qualified, hard-working, and talented people losing their jobs.

This is not an appropriate amount of pressure to put on young girls.

Many of us since have stayed silent publicly but had very open channels of communication in our friend group and in our industry, because we want Tree Hill to remain the place “where everything’s better and everything’s safe” for our fans; some of whom have said that the show quite literally saved their lives.

But the reality is, no space is safe when it has an underlying and infectious cancer. We have worked at taking our power back, making the conventions our own, and relishing in the good memories.

But there is more work to be done.

And it concludes:

We are all deeply grateful for Audrey’s courage. For one another. And for every male cast mate and crew member who has reached out to our group of women to offer their support these last few days.

They echo the greater rallying cry that must lead us to change: Believe Women. We are all in this together.

The message is signed “With Love and Courage” by:

  • Sophia Bush
  • Hilarie Burton
  • Bethany Joy Lenz
  • Danneel Harris
  • Michaela McManus
  • Kate Voegele
  • Daphne Zuniga
  • India de Beaufort
  • Bevin Prince
  • Jana Kramer
  • Shantel Van Santen
  • Allison Munn

It is also signed by the “Brave Crew And All the rest of the Women We Worked With Who Are Finding Their Voices as We Speak.”

Schwahn currently runs The Royals on E!.

In a statement Monday, the network said it is “monitoring the information carefully” and is “committed to providing a safe working environment in which everyone is treated respectfully and professionally.”