Assault Allegations: Did Taraji P. Henson Slam Ryan Seacrest On The Oscars Red Carpet?
March 6, 2018 16:43 By Fabiosa
The 2018 Academy Awards certainly gave people a lot to talk about. From the fashion to celeb interviews, fans were tweeting away as events unfolded on March 4th. But why exactly did the brief interview between E! host Ryan Seacrest and actress Taraji P. Henson cause so much buzz?
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Between the red carpet host and the actress
Twitter went crazy after Taraji's red carpet interview with Ryan Seacrest. Following the claims of social misconducts trailing the E! host, Taraji said to Ryan, "the universe has a way of taking care of good people." Then touching him on the chin, she added, "you know what I mean?"
Taraji P. Henson is going to fight Ryan Seacrest with her fists before the night is over pic.twitter.com/BmWnm8D3Ns
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Thousands of people who witnessed that curious exchange took to social media to air their speculations. Many were of the opinion that the actress used the opportunity to send some shade down Seacrest's way. Check out some of the tweets below.
"I'm great now that I'm in your company." --Taraji P. Henson to the interviewer who talked to her right after Ryan Seacrest
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) March 5, 2018
Taraji came for Ryan Seacrest’s NECK because of the sexual assault allegations against him. I love this woman so much. pic.twitter.com/pfKwLRIPQc
— ً (@ButeraDemetria) March 5, 2018
The WAY Taraji just said to Ryan Seacrest “THE UNIVERSE HAS A WAY OF PROTECTING THE BEST PEOPLE” and looked at him directly and with her thumb lifted his chin up and said “YOU KNOW?” WAS SO CRazy uncomfortable & confrontational & I thought I saw Ryan lose his face #Oscars90
— Joe Miranda (@Ellojoe) March 5, 2018
— Rachel Done (@rachel1005_) March 5, 2018
— iMullar (@TheiMullar) March 5, 2018
Best Actress goes to Taraji P. Henson for being real nice to Ryan Seacrest, then hitting him with this... pic.twitter.com/ddd9gVEinw
— J. Courtney Sullivan (@jcourtsull) March 5, 2018
— literally nuts (@LiterallyNuts) March 5, 2018
I can’t believe Taraji P Henson destroyed Ryan Seacrest on national television
— Jon (@prasejeebus) March 5, 2018
The Empire star later came out to say her words and gestures were misconstrued, adding that her motive for touching his chin was a way of telling him to "keep his chin up."
When People Magazine asked her directly if she's on Ryan's side through all this, she said, "absolutely."
43-year-old Ryan who has been a host for E! for many years now, has, in recent months, been accused of sexual misconduct by a former stylist.
The woman, Suzie Hardy, opened up to Variety Magazine in an interview that she was fired from the network because she made many some graphic complaints of harassment against Ryan to E!'s human resources department. She accused him of groping and many unwelcomed sexual advances.
Despite these allegations, the network has expressed their complete support for Ryan. On February 1, they revealed that an investigation showed that there was not enough evidence to back up Suzie's claims.
Despite the fact that the presenter and the rest of the network are choosing to move past this, there are some celebrities whose actions on the Oscars red carpet proved that they were not comfortable with the outcome of the matter.
Usually, Ryan's spot was one of the most coveted by celebs as they make their way to the awards, but this time around, according to reports, he only got to interview 21 people.
Some nominees like Mary J. Blige, Allison Janney, Whoopi Goldberg, Rita Moreno a few others stopped to talk to Ryan, but they basically ignored the elephant in the room.
Oscar nominees and attendees including Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Greta Gerwig, Nicole Kidman and more chose to pass up the chance to speak with the red carpet host.
So far, Ryan has been very insistent on his innocence. He said in response to the allegations:
This person who has accused me of horrible things offered, on multiple occasions, to withdraw her claims if I paid her millions of dollars. I refused.
He also went on to say he worked hard for his success and he vehemently denied all the accusations. He urged people to put the matter to rest.