Will Ryan Seacrest Skip the Oscars Amid New Sexual Misconduct Allegations?

Sunday's 90th annual Academy Awards ceremony is having a #MeToo moment. On Monday, Variety reported of sexual misconduct allegations against Live with Kelly and Ryan host Ryan Seacrest from a former stylist, Suzie Hardy. Scandal actress Bellamy Young immediately suggested that he "step aside" from hosting E!'s Oscars Red Carpet show on Sunday night. So far the network, and its owner, ABC, have no plans to drop him from the show. 

As Hardy reported to Variety, she was fired from her job in 2013 after speaking to human resources at E! Entertainment. Last November, emboldened by the #MeToo movement, she revealed years of continual sexual harassment during six years of working for Seacrest. He responded to the charges with a denial, calling Hardy's allegations "reckless." E! responded with an investigation into Hardy's claims, which concluded in February. "E!s investigation was extremely comprehensive and thorough," an E! spokesperson told People magazine. "Over the course of a two-month process, our outside counsel interviewed more than two dozen people regarding the allegations, including multiple separate meetings with the claimant and all firsthand witnesses that she provided."

ABC also said Seacrest will continue to play an active role in Live! with Kelly and Ryan and the upcoming American Idol reboot.

Monday's Variety account detailed aggressively lewd behavior by Seacrest, including rubbing his erect penis against Hardy and grabbing her vagina. 

Young spoke for many women when she was quoted on the red carpet for the A Wrinkle in Time premiere on Monday night: "This is the time to step aside and let someone of equal talent that is beyond reproach to be in charge."

Seacrest wrote about the accusations for The Hollywood Reporter on February 5th. In the piece titled "What Happened After I Was Wrongly Accused," he said: "To have my workplace conduct questioned was gut-wrenching. I've always aimed to treat all of my colleagues with honesty, respect, kindness and compassion.Yet, I knew, regardless of the confidence I had that there was no merit to the allegations, my name would likely soon appear on the lists of those suspected of despicable words and deeds." 

Ryan Seacrest Ryan Seacrest is still expected to host the 2018 Oscars' red carpet coverage. Here, Seacrest is pictured on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. Getty Images

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