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Chris Hardwick is denying claims by ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra that he sexually assaulted her.
In a statement on Friday night, the TV personality and Nerdist CEO said, “These are very serious allegations and not to be taken lightly which is why I’ve taken the day to consider how to respond. 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.”
He continued: “When we were living together, I found out that Chloe cheated on me, and I ended the relationship. For several weeks after we broke up, she asked me 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.
“I’m devastated to read that she is now accusing me of conduct that did not occur. 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,” he concluded.
In a lengthy post on Thursday, Dykstra shared disturbing allegations from a relationship with a man believed to be Hardwick, including rules that the individual allegedly made for her that she could not go out at night unless he was there and that she was not allowed to have male friends or drink because he was sober.
“I generally stopped speaking unless spoken to while with him, drifting through life like a ghost,” she wrote. “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,” Dykstra wrote.
She also shared that the man assaulted her.
Early Friday morning, Dykstra tweeted: “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.”
She later added in a tweet: “Before I take my break, I do want to address something re: the company he founded. As I understand it, the person has not been associated with that company for several years, and I hope that they will not suffer as a result of my essay. Be kind to them, they are good people.”
In February, The Hollywood Reporter reported that while Hardwick had stepped back from day-to-day operations at Nerdist Industries, the company he founded, he remained CEO. Legendary Entertainment acquired Nerdist in July 2012. Before it was removed on Friday, Hardwick’s Nerdist bio stated he “currently serves as founder, CEO, and creative head of Nerdist Industries.”
After removing all references to Hardwick pending further investigation, a Legendary spokesperson said Friday in a statement that Hardwick “had no operational involvement with Nerdist for the two years preceding the expiration of his contract in December 2017.”
Nerdist also released a statement.
— Nerdist (@nerdist) June 15, 2018
Hardwick was set to return Sunday with his AMC talk show Talking With Chris Hardwick. On Saturday, the cabler announced that it was pulling Hardwick’s show. “We have had a positive working relationship with Chris Hardwick for many years,” the network said in a statement. “We take the troubling allegations that surfaced yesterday very seriously. While we assess the situation, Talking With Chris Hardwick will not air on AMC, and Chris has decided to step aside from moderating planned AMC and BBC America panels at Comic-Con International in San Diego next month.”
Hardwick also hosts the NBC game show The Wall. The network has said it is still assessing the situation.
June 16, 1:15 p.m. Updated with AMC statement.
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