Following the accusations levied by his ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra, Chris Hardwick has responded. As it was previously reported, Chloe wrote an essay for Medium.com where she opened up about the abusive relationship she endured for many years.
While she never named him officially, people in their inner circle were able to figure it out. Chloe said that he went from being a “mildly successful podcaster” to a “powerhouse CEO” of his own company.
Hardwick is twenty years older than her, and they broke up four years ago when she was 25-years-old. They made their breakup public in 2014. In a statement released to Us Weekly on the 15th of June, Friday, Hardwick said that the allegations aren’t to be taken lightly, and that’s the reason why he took a day to respond to them.
According to Hardwick, he and Chloe had fought a lot during their relationship, consisting of shouting matches and verbal disputes, and they eventually realized they weren’t a good match.
However, at no point “did he ever sexually assault her,” and Chris said he always did his best to support her as a partner and as a companion. He added that after he found out she had been cheating on him, he chose to end the relationship for good.
As @hardwick has chosen to deny Chloe’s account, I’ll take the opportunity to say I have seen the proof myself, I have seen the evidence first hand, I’ve seen the people who have come forward to tell @skydart how Chris ordered her blacklisted, there isn’t just one, there are many
— Robert Kazinsky (@RobertKazinsky) June 16, 2018
The CEO went on to explain that their situation was a tense one, and after they had broken up, she had wanted to get back together with him on a number of occasions. She even suggested they build a family and make it work.
“I’m devastated to read that she is now accusing me of conduct that did not occur.”
Chloe alleged in her essay that Hardwick pressured her into having sex with him, “through a thinly veiled threat.” One night, she told him she didn’t want to have sex, and he insinuated that he would break up with her if she didn’t sleep with him.
Dykstra claimed she is currently still dealing with the fact that he “sexually used her” for three years. She then blamed him for ruining her career, stating that Hardwick used his connections with another woman to blacklist her professionally.