Lydia Hearst, the wife of Chris Hardwick, came out in defense of her husband following the sexual misconduct allegations against him which cost him both his job and reputation. The ex-girlfriend of Chris, Chloe Dykstra, claimed Chris used his power to assault, intimidate, and effectively blackball her in the industry in which she worked.
In an Instagram post shared on the 21st of June, Thursday, Chloe said that her statement was one of defense rather than one “in”defense.
Heart said, she, as a woman, has experienced toxic relationships in the past, and understands just how difficult and challenging they are to deal with, as well as the importance of coming out about them.
The 33-year-old actress explained that she chose to come “out of necessity to speak the truth about the person” she knows. She described her husband as a “loving and compassionate” man and he has stood by her since the beginning.
She added she isn’t merely defending her husband because it would be extending legitimacy to the accusations made by his ex-girlfriend. Instead, she is describing his character, so people can see him how he really is.
This is not a statement in defense, this is a statement of defense. Defense for all the women who have been sexually abused, raped, trafficked, and tortured; defense of all the people who this movement was started for. Over the last year the #MeToo movement has rightly aimed a spotlight directly on women whose stories needed to be told. As someone who has been involved in toxic relationships in the past, I know first hand the importance of sharing these stories and do not take this situation lightly. I have made the decision to come out in support of my husband not out of obligation, but out of necessity to speak the truth about the person I know. Chris is nothing but loving and compassionate and is the only person who has stood by me, never judged me, helped me heal, and feel whole. To defend my husband would be giving credence to any of these accusations. I will not do that. Chris Hardwick is a good man. I remain in complete support of my husband, and I believe that the truth will always win. #TimesUp because I know my truth and I believe in due process.
“Because I know my truth and I believe in due process,” Hearst explained. As it was previously reported, this is the first time that Hardwick’s wife has spoken out since Dykstra wrote an essay on the 14th of June for Medium.com.
While her essay didn’t say his name directly, social media users were able to figure it out purely by association. According to Dykstra, she “laid there every night for him,” and sometimes in tears.
The 29-year-old said that he called it “starfishing.” However, she conceded that she had sex with him – even though she didn’t want to – out of fear of losing him.
Nevertheless, critics have pointed out the fact that she was complicit in their sexual interactions, so it’s impossible to accuse him of sexual assault.
When Hardwick responded, he said they merely had a bad relationship, consisting of shouting matches and the like. He went on to say that she wanted to get back with him even after he broke up with her for cheating on him.