Ryan Seacrest will be hosting an Oscars pre-show from the red carpet of the 90th Academy Awards after denying a sexual harassment allegation made by a former colleague.
E! confirmed the TV presenter will be presenting the show on Sunday as stars arrive at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles for the biggest night in the awards calendar.
Seacrest, who hosts American Idol, made the allegation public himself in November when he denied the “reckless” allegations and insisted he is an “advocate for women”.
But a personal stylist for Seacrest until 2013 detailed the allegations to US magazine Variety in an article published on Monday.
It has been questioned whether stars at the awards ceremony will be comfortable being seen talking to Seacrest, as the industry faces a reckoning over sexual harassment and abuse.
E! said an “extremely comprehensive” investigation using an external lawyer had found “insufficient evidence to substantiate allegations against Seacrest”.
After Variety published the article, Seacrest criticised it as “salacious” and praised the Time’s Up and Me Too movements that were ignited by Harvey Weinstein ‘s downfall.
“I don’t want to accuse anyone of not telling the truth but in this case, I have no choice but to again deny the claims against me, remind people that I was recused of any wrongdoing, and put the matter to rest,” the 43-year-old added.
The allegation against Seacrest was lodged as high-profile entertainment industry figures including Kevin Spa
cey and Louis CK faced allegations of sexual misconduct.