Seacrest released a statement today after Hardy came forward publicly as the accuser and revealed detailed accusations against the television personality.
E! launched an investigation into the claims last year when Hardy first came forward privately. The network concluded that there was insufficient evidence to back up the claims.
“I remained quiet for years out of fears that my story wouldn’t be believed and that I would be subject to scorn and ridicule for telling it,” Hardy said in a statement to Variety. “I was emboldened by the bravery of others to finally and confidentially tell my story to NBC. Ryan elected to take the story public with a false narrative that he was exonerated and the victim of some sort of money grab. He is not the victim, and I refuse to let him victimize me for telling the truth.”
Ryan will still be hosting the E! Live from the Red Carpet special before the Oscars this weekend and he will also film ABC’s American Idol reboot as planned.