Chloe Dykstra Says She "Chose Not to Participate" in Chris Hardwick Investigation
It was announced on Wednesday that Hardwick will return to 'Talking Dead' after an investigation by AMC had concluded.
In a new statement, Chloe Dykstra says that she "chose not to participate" in the investigation of an ex-boyfriend she alleged had emotionally abused and sexually assaulted her in a June essay. The boyfriend is widely believed to be Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick.
Like Dykstra's original essay about the relationship on Medium, the new statement, published Thursday on Twitter, never names the ex by name but refers to a recent investigation. On Wednesday The Hollywood Reporter reported that Hardwick would return to Talking Dead after an investigation by AMC had concluded.
"I have been adamant since I came forward with my essay that I never set out to ruin the career of the person I spoke about," Dykstra wrote. "I could have provided more details on the matter but chose not to. I have said what I wanted to say on the matter and I wish to move on with my life."
Following Dykstra's allegations, AMC pulled Hardwick's talk show Talking With Chris Hardwick and replaced Hardwick on Comic-Con panels he was set to moderate. Hardwick has denied Dykstra's claims of sexual assault.
"I chose not to participate in the investigation against the person I spoke of. I do not believe in an eye for an eye, and therefore I have only shared my evidence with those who I felt should see it," Dykstra continued. She wrote that she shared her story so that people who have suffered emotional abuse "might not feel so alone."
The actress then referred to a TMZ story that alleged to present texts Dykstra and Hardwick had exchanged after their breakup. "Regarding closure, I wish I had been able to have a private conversation with the person I spoke about in my essay," she wrote. "Reaching out to him over texts made me vulnerable, and ultimately ended up in a tabloid article where said texts were chopped up and spun to discredit me."
Dykstra concludes by saying that she hopes her story will shed light on emotional abuse, and that she will be working with RAINN and other organizations going forward on the issue.
Read Dykstra's statements in full below.
I originally wrote my essay so I could move on with my life, and now I intend to do so. Thank you, again, to those who have supported me during this. pic.twitter.com/sjBEKGpY7v— Chloe Dykstra (@skydart) July 26, 2018