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Ryan Seacrest's accuser opens up about abuse from TV star

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Ryan Seacrest's former stylist has come forward and accused the TV star of sexually harassing her for years.

The woman, Suzie Hardy, had written a letter in November last year, where she had said that Seacrest was sexually abusive towards her when she worked for him as a stylist from 2007 to 2013.

In the letter, Hardy had claimed that Seacrest groped her, pushed himself up against her body and slapped her at the back so hard that a mark was still visible hours later. Hardy had said that her ordeal ended in 2013 after she reported about Seacrest's actions to human resources which terminated her employment at E! News.

Now, in an interview with Variety, Hardy said Seacrest developed an attraction to her and would hug her while wearing only underwear, repeatedly grope her privates. On one particular occasion, he allegedly threw her on a bed and rubbed up against her.

"As proud as I am and as strong as a woman as I am, as smart as I am and as much work as I've done with therapists, it really affected me," Hardy told Variety in the interview.

"I didn't know how to deal with it. I really didn't. I was battling finally being in a decent financial position to breathe and be a mom, that I didn't have to be freaking out all the time, and then dealing with this infantile celebrity person who was testing me on every level and manipulating me and knew that I was in a vulnerable position," she said.

Seacrest had denied the "reckless allegations" of misconduct when Hardy's letter surfaced last year.

"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 enquiries that may result," Seacrest had said in a statement.

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First Published: Feb 27 2018 | 3:10 PM IST

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