Suzie Hardy, who first became Seacrest's stylist in 2007, says she lost her job at E! in 2013 after reporting his alleged sexual harassment and abuse to human resources. It was Hardy who sent a letter to E! last November accusing Seacrest of harassment, prompting an E! investigation that was closed earlier this month due to "insufficient evidence to support the claims against Seacrest and therefore could not be substantiated." According to Variety, "Seacrest subjected Hardy to years of unwanted sexual aggression — grinding his erect penis against her while clad only in his underwear, groping her vagina, and at one point slapping her buttock so hard that it left a large welt still visible hours later." Hardy says of E!'s investigation and findings, “total exasperation was my definite feeling when I heard about it. I felt like by the third interview, it was obvious the investigator was whitewashing it for Seacrest’s side.” Seacrest's attorney, Andrew Baum, responds that Hardy demanded $15 million from Seacrest or she would go public with the false claim. "It’s telling that after my client refused to pay her money, and the E! investigation resulted as it did, that she is now coming forward to share her debunked story to the press," he says. Variety notes that Hardy denied she demanded money and that Seacrest's representatives didn't provide proof that a monetary request was made.