Chris Hardwick’s former ex-girlfriends have his back. Following the accusations against him from Chloe Dykstra, several women, including Janet Varney, Andrea Savage, and Jacinda Barrett, claimed that at no point did Chris ever abuse or victimize them in any way.
As it was previously reported, Chloe claimed Chris emotionally manipulated her into having sex with him when she didn’t want to. The woman claims that he hit her with a thinly veiled threat: that he would break up with her unless she slept with him, among other less serious charges.
Chloe said her boyfriend of the time called it “starfishing,” and Chris thought it was funny. She also alleged that Chris used his power in the scene to blacklist and sour her reputation with other employers.
In a statement to the Los Angeles Times earlier, Varney said that “over the seven years Chris and I were together,” there wasn’t a single incident of violence or abuse at her expense.
She added, “since our breakup in 2011, we have remained friends.” Janet Barett, formerly the fiancée of the Talking Dead host, urged fans and spectators not to judge a bad situation until some type of process whereby Chris could defend himself.
This past week I have watched someone I once loved and shared four years of my life with be publicly accused of misconduct and abuse, then swiftly fired and shunned. The accuser’s story bears no resemblance to the one I shared with him all those years ago, but what is of supreme importance here is that every woman and every man deserves a voice. Accuser and Accused. Everyone deserves to be heard. A rush to judgement denies the right to due process; the Metoo movement deserves due process. #metoomovement #dueprocess #chrishardwick @hardwick
The ex-girlfriend of the Nerdist creator explained she had sat back idly and watched as another woman ruined his life without any kind of trial or evidence.
“The accuser’s story bears no resemblance to the one I shared with him,” Barett remarked, and that every person “deserves a voice,” whether they are the accuser or the accused.
In a report published in People Magazine on Wednesday, the 46-year-old Andrea Savage said she had known Chris for over fifteen years and he was one of the “kindest, most supportive, women-supporting,” individuals she had ever met. It appears as though Chris’ has defenders as well as detractors.