Chris Hardwick denies ex-girlfriend’s emotional and sexual abuse accusations; AMC suspends his talk show
ABC/Randy HolmesTelevision host and comedian Chris Hardwick is denying serious accusations after his ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra penned an essay, accusing him of emotional and sexual abuse.
In the meantime, AMC — which airs Talking With Chris Hardwick — has announced that it will not air the show’s upcoming second season as it assesses the situation. Hardwick also hosts Talking Dead, which airs when The Walking Dead is in season.
Though Dykstra did not mention her ex by name in her essay on Medium, it’s clear she’s talking of Hardwick. She accused him of emotionally abusing her, isolating her from her friends, and causing her to become anorexic and suicidal. She also claimed Hardwick forced her to have sex with him whenever he wanted, including right after she had surgery for an ectopic pregnancy.
The actress and model also said he blacklisted her from the industry, claiming he made calls to several companies she worked for. Allegedly, he told the companies to fire her or he would never work for them again.
Hardwick released a statement, denying the allegations, citing the fact that their relationship ended because she was unfaithful, according to Variety.
“These are very serious allegations and not to be taken lightly which is why I’ve taken the day to consider how to respond,” said Hardwick 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.”
His statement goes on to state, “As a husband, a son, and future father, I do not condone any kind of mistreatment of women.”
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