Chris Hardwick Responds to Abuse Allegations, Denies All Claims

The pop culture world was thrown a curve ball when Chloe Dykstra, actress and model, wrote a lengthy op-ed about a former relationship (never once naming former partner Chris Hardwick, but it was obvious that's who she meant) where her boyfriend had allegedly, through a series of accused abuses over several years, also blackballed her in the industry.

Chris Hardwick Responds to Abuse Allegations, Denies All Claims

He's since responded to the accusations, you can read his comments as posted by Deadline:

"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.

When we were living together, I found out that Chloe had cheated on me, and I ended the relationship. 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. I'm devastated to read that she is now accusing me of conduct that did not occur. l 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."

Hardwick was the founder of The Nerdist, and since the op-ed was published on Medium, Nerdist parent company Legendary made a statement completely distancing themselves from him. So did Nerdist.

Chris Hardwick Responds to Abuse Allegations, Denies All Claims

Dykstra's current boyfriend, actor Rob Kazinsky, has been tweeting in support of Chloe:

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