Nerdist Industries, the organization created by Chris Hardwick, severed ties with him on the 15th of June, just one day after an actress, Chloe Dykstra, accused him of sexual assault. However, the story is murky because they used to date.
A spokesperson for Nerdist said in a statement on Friday that they had chosen to remove Chris’ name from all affiliations with the company. They no longer say he was their founder either.
On the 14th of June, Dykstra wrote an essay for Medium.com, where she stated that an unnamed ex-boyfriend assaulted and emotionally abused her throughout their relationship.
However, some have criticized the actress for claiming “emotional abuse,” as the allegations are exceedingly vague. One person on Twitter wrote, “What? Did he not call her back on time whenever she wanted?”
I'm so sorry you endured this .@skydart and applaud your bravery for speaking your truth. So much of what you wrote resonates with me and I'm sure way too many others. #metoo thanks @RobertKazinsky for sharing and to all the men out there who actually have our backs. https://t.co/KGollTgCoE
— Anna Paquin (@AnnaPaquin) June 15, 2018
Moreover, in the essay, Chloe was careful not to reveal the person’s identity, but everyone clearly knew who it was in reference to. Twitter users pointed to the 49-year-old founder of Nerdist, Hardwick.
In the same essay, the 29-year-old said she had dated a man twenty years older than her. In her words, he went from being a “podcaster” to a “powerhouse CEO” of his own company.
Hardwick allegedly “pressured” her into having sex with him. According to the 29-year-old, she wrote that she once told him she didn’t feel like having sex, and he said to her that the reason why his last relationship didn’t work was that of the lack of sex.
She went on to say that “every night” she laid there for him, and sometimes in tears. He said she was “starfishing,” and, “thought it was funny.” Moreover, she claims he set all kinds of boundaries and rules, like, for instance, not being able to have male friends and not speaking in public places.
Chloe alleges that he made phone calls to other companies in an attempt to ruin her career. And he succeeded, as they successfully blacklisted her.