Chris Hardwick Responds To Ex-Girlfriend Chloe Dykstra’s Abuse Accusations, Nerdist Severs Ties
After Chris Hardwick‘s ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra‘s released an essay of abuse accusations against the comedian and TV show host, Hardwick is now denying those allegations.
Just one day ago, Dykstra posted the article on the publication Medium, and so far has received much support. The essay titled, Rose Colored Glasses: A Confession, explained Hardwick’s controlling, abusive behavior during their three-year relationship. The two split in 2014.
Dykstra didn’t explicitly use Hardwick’s name, but certain details exposed her ex-boyfriend as the man she was talking about.
She said within two weeks of the start of their relationship, “rules were quickly established.”
Dykstra revealed that she was forced to “reserve nights” for him, separating her from friends and family. She also said she wasn’t allowed to drink nor speak in public areas:
“I was not to speak in public places (elevators, cars with drivers, restaurants where tables were too close) as he believed that people recognized him and were listening to our conversations,” Dykstra wrote.
The model detailed her other sexually abusive experiences in the essay. Also, Dykstra said when she finally called it quits with Hardwick, he called different agencies she regularly worked for to successfully blacklist her.
Hardwick, now married to model Lydia Hearst, responded to Dykstra’s article in a statement.
“I was heartbroken to read Chloe’s post. Our three year relationship was not perfect — we were ultimately not a good match and argued — even shouted at each other — but I loved her and did my best to uplift and support her as a partner and companion in any way and at no time did I sexually assault her,” Hardwick told Deadline.
He also contradicted Dykstra, saying the model cheated on him and later begged to get back together.
“When we were living together, I found out that Chloe had cheated on me, and I ended the relationship,” Hardwick said. “For several weeks after we broke up, she asked to get back together with me and even told me she wanted to have kids with me, ‘build a life’ with me and told me that I was ‘the one,’ but I did not want to be with someone who was unfaithful.”
Dykstra said in a tweet that she will be taking some time off the internet, but wanted to thank those who have supported her in exposing this confession.
I quietly posted an article today, unlisted on Medium. It clearly made the rounds. I’m overwhelmed and I want to thank all of you for your support and kind words- they mean so much to me. I may take some time off the internet, please know your support means everything to me.
— Chloe Dykstra (@skydart) June 15, 2018
On Friday, Digital entertainment company Nerdist removed Hardwick’s name and biography from their website saying:
“Chris Hardwick had no operational involvement with Nerdist for the two years preceding the expiration of his contract in December 2017,” the company said in a statement. “He no longer has any affiliation with Legendary Digital Networks. The company has removed all reference to Mr. Hardwick even as the original Founder of Nerdist pending further investigation.”