Here's Everything You Need To Know About Chris Hardwick's Sexual Assault Scandal
His ex Chloe Dykstra wrote an open letter claiming he abused her.
Who is Chris Hardwick? Chris Hardwick is a very famous American stand up comedian. He's most recognized for co-founding his company Nerdist and hosting the Talking Dead show that airs after The Walking Dead.
Who is Chloe Dykstra? Chloe Dykstra is Chris Hardwick's ex-girlfriend. This all started when Chloe released an essay anonymously on Medium. In the essay, she talks about the alleged abuse that she endured during her relationship with comedian, Chris Hardwick.
In the actual essay, she never revealed her name or the name of her alleged abuser, but once it went viral, fans quickly figured out that it was Dykstra talking about Hardwick.
Dykstra talked about how she dated a man when she was in her early 20s who was almost 20 years older than her. She went on to state that the boyfriend displayed "controlling behaviour". She stated that her boyfriend allegedly forbade her from speaking in public, going out at night or having male friends outside of her work.
She also accused the boyfriend of pressuring her into sex against her will. She also talked about how she felt "pressured to take an on-camera job at his company [that] I didn't want." As we know, Dykstra co-hosted the cosplay show "Just Cos" on Nerdist's Youtube Channel. Nerdist Industries is a digital division of Legendary Entertainment that was founded by Hardwick.
In the essay, she detailed how taxing the abusive relationship was. “I lost myself, both mentally and physically. I lost 15 lbs within weeks, started pulling out my hair (and had to get extensions regularly to hide it),” she said. “I generally stopped speaking unless spoken to while with him, drifting through life like a ghost. I would try to sleep in as late as possible so my days were shorter. I stopped listening to music entirely. I ceased to be. I was an ex-person.” she stated.
Dykstra stated that "after three years of being snapped/yelled at constantly, very rarely being shown any affection - I finally left him." She claims that after they broke up, her ex-boyfriend "made calls to several companies I received regular work from to get me fired by threatening to never work with them. He succeeded. I was blacklisted."
Hardwick has since denied the statements about Dykstra's claims that he emotionally coerced and threatened her into sex. In his statement, he said, "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."
He also claimed that their relationship ended because Dykstra cheated on him. In Dykstra's essay, she does talk about kissing someone at the end of their relationship but didn't state that was why their relationship ended.
He finished off the statement by saying, "I was blindsided by her post and always wanted the best for her. As a husband, a son, and future father, I do not condone any kind of mistreatment of women."