Chris Hardwick Strongly Denies Sexual Assault Allegations

Chris Hardwick has broken his silence.

The podcast and television host is at the center of a very serious scandal this week after an ex-girlfriend named Chloe Dystrka wrote a troubling and personal essay about her relationship with Hardwick.

In this esay, Dykstra details how an unnamed former boyfriend (strongly presumed to be Hardwick) forced her to have sex against her will and treated her with absolute disdain.

The 29-year old brings up this ex-boyfriend’s “controlling behavior” and how “rules were quickly established” shortly after the two started dating, including how she could not be friends with men and could not drink alcohol.

“I was not to speak in public places (elevators, cars with drivers, restaurants where tables were too close) as he believed that people recognized him and were listening to our conversations,” she said.

Dykstra added she was “terrified to piss him off, so I did what he said. Including let him sexually assault me. Regularly,” explaining:

“I was expected to be ready for him when he came home from work. Every night, I laid there for him, occasionally in tears. He called it ‘starfishing.’ He thought the whole idea was funny.”

Everyone who has read this account, conversely, finds it horrifying.

In response to the accusations, Nerdist, a content company founded by Hardwick, confirmed on Friday that it had severed ties with Hardwick.

It also made it clear that Hardwick has not been active with the company for years.

Dykstra even emphasized this same point in a Tweet late Friday, writing:

Before I take my break, I do want to address something re: the company he founded. As I understand it, the person has not been associated with that company for several years, and I hope that they will not suffer as a result of my essay.

Be kind to them, they are good people.

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Now, at last, Hardwick has spoken out about these disturbing allegations.

“I was heartbroken to read Chloe’s post,” he said to open a statement to Deadline, adding:

“Our three year relationship was not perfect – we were ultimately not a good match and argues – 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.”

Dykstra did add the following in her confession:

“To be fair, I did go along with it out of fear of losing him. I’m still recovering from being sexually used (not in a super fun way) for three years.”

So we’re not about to speculate about what actually transpired between these two, except to say that Hardwick could be trying to walk a fine line and deny the specific allegation of assault, considering (in his mind and sort of by her own admission), Dykstra did not fight back.

“These are very serious allegations and not to be taken lightly which is why I’ve taken the day to consider how to respond,” Hardwick continued, expounding as follows:

“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.”

(Above, Dykstra poses with Hardwick in 2013; below, she poses on a red carpet alone.)

Dykstra also claims that Hardwick trash talked her following their split, effectively ending her career in Hollywood.

Following the release of Hardwick’s statement, actor Robert Kazinsky took to Twitter to defend Dykstra.

“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.

“For years the pain @skydart carried around was overwhelming, and even now @hardwick doesn’t have the decency to offer first an apology to the woman he destroyed intentionally.

“That’s all that mattered.”

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Dykstra also said in her extended message that she contemplated suicide “many times,” but is now a much healthier and happier place.

She concluded:

“To the man who tried to ruin my future: A sincere and heartfelt apology could have made my last four years a hell of a lot easier.”


Chris Hardwick: Ousted from Nerdist Amist Sexual Misconduct Charges

We hate to say it, but…

Yep, him too.

In the wake of horrifying accusations against Chris Hardwick, Nerdist Industries – the content company founded this television host and personality – has severed all ties with the comedian.

The breaking news comes about one day after actress Chloe Dykstra accused an ex-boyfriend (who she did not name, yet who everyone assumed to be Hardwick) of abhorrent behavior during her time dating him.

“Chris Hardwick had no operational involvement with Nerdist for the two years preceding the expiration of his contract in December 2017,” said the company via statement on Friday, adding:

“He no longer has any affiliation with Legendary Digital Networks.

“The company has removed all reference to Mr. Hardwick even as the original Founder of Nerdist pending further investigation.”

Nerdist also posted the following message on Twitter, which aims to assist those who have been a victim of abuse.

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In an essay written on Medium titled “Rose-Colored Glasses: A Confession,” Chloe Dykstra, a 29-year old actress who is the daughter of an ex-baseball player, outlined an allegedly abusive relationship with an unnamed ex-boyfriend that she endured in her early ’20s.

During this romance, Dykstra claims she suffered “long-term abuse,” sexual assault and career blacklisting.

Early in this relationship, Dykstra (pictured below) alleged that there were “rules” established by her lover that she had to follow, including reserving her nights for him… not having close male friends… not drinking alcohol … and not talking in public places out of fear people were listening due to his celebrity.

She wrote in this essay that, after the two started dating, she once turned down sex because she wasn’t feeling well.

Simple and understandable, right?

Not to this man. 

“He responded, ‘I just want to remind you, the reason my last relationship didn’t work out was because of the lack of sex.’ It was a veiled threat. I succumbed,” she wrote, expounding:

“Every night, I laid there for him, occasionally in tears. He called it ‘starfishing.’ He thought the whole idea was funny.”

Totally and completely disgusting.

Again, Dykstra did not name Hardwick.

However, she Liked the Tweet of an Internet user who linked to her her story with the caption, “Chris Hardwick is trash.”

In her essay, the actress also explains that she was referring to a man nearly 20 years older who went from “a podcaster to a powerhouse CEO of his own company.”

This is a picture of Hardwick with Dykstra:

I made the choice to accept his controlling behavior, as he’d just left his long-term girlfriend and I assumed that he was going through some serious emotional discomfort,” she wrote.

“This was a huge mistake.”

Dykstra wrote about that she pondered suicide multiple times and had reached the lowest point in her life when she was looking over the 101 freeway while standing on an overpass.

After three years, she ultimately left Hardwick for someone else.

In response, she claimed this boyfriend contacted companies she worked with to get her fired by threatening to never work with them.

Moreover, she said an unnamed woman she had trusted helped destroy her friendships.

At 25 years old, Dykstra said she was blacklisted.

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Chloe ended her post by saying she is now in a “much better place” and:

“This story, post, whatever this is, serves as both closure for me as I say farewell to my twenties and stumble my way into my thirties, and it serves as a warning for every single one of you, regardless of gender…

“Please, please, keep an eye out for those red flags.”

Hardwick has not yet responded to this story.

He’s the latest in a long line of celebrities to be accused of sexual harassment, assault or misconduct.

We’ve listed many of them below:


Chris Hardwick Removed from Nerdist Site After Sexual Abuse Allegations Surface

Chris Hardwick’s been scrubbed from the Nerdist website he founded after accusations of emotional and sexual abuse by his ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra, seem to clearly implicate him. Legendary Entertainment removed all references to Hardwick on the…


Chris Hardwick Accused of Sexual Assault By Actress Chloe Dykstra

You might know Chris Hardwick from the Walking Dead after-show, Talking Dead, or as host of the now-canceled Comedy Central series @Midnight, or simply as an ever-present figure in the corner of the media landscape most closely associated with “nerd culture.”

But Hardwick is trending on Twitter today not because of his work, but because of shocking allegations of abuse from a former girlfriend.

The popular host and creator of Nerdist Industries dated actress Chloe Dykstra for three years, and today, she published a Medium article detailing abuse she suffered at the hands of a man that many believe to be Hardwick.

Dykstra never mentions Hardwick by name, but details about the nature of their relationship and his career make it clear who she’s accusing.

The 29-year-old says that several years ago she began a relationship with a man who was nearly 20 years her senior, and who 

“I was expected to be [sexually] ready for him when he came home from work. Every night, I laid there for him, occasionally in tears,” she writes. 

“He thought the whole idea was funny. To be fair, I did go along with it out of fear of losing him.”

Dykstra goes on to claim that the abuse began just weeks into her relationship with Hardwick and left indelible scars on her psyche. 

“I’m still recovering from being sexually used (not in a super fun way) for three years,” she says.

Dykstra claims that Hardwick manipulated and intimidated her in such way as to ensure she would continue to comply with his sexual demands. 

“’I just want to remind you, the reason my last relationship didn’t work out was because of the lack of sex,’” she recalls him saying.

Dykstra says that even with the progress yielded by the #MeToo movement in recent months, she still expects to be interrogated and harassed on social media.

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And sadly, if GamerGate and other recent examples of toxic nerd culture run amok are any indication, she’s not wrong in that assumption:

“It will probably hurt me now too, despite the #MeToo movement. We’ve come a long way, but we still have a ways to go,” Dykstra writes.

Earlier today, Dykstra tweeted a message of gratitude for those who offered support online, writing:

“I quietly posted an article today, unlisted on Medium. It clearly made the rounds. I’m overwhelmed and I want to thank all of you for your support and kind words- they mean so much to me.”

Hardwick married Lydia Hearst in 2016. 

He has yet to respond to Dykstra’s allegations.


Nev Schulman Accuser Files Police Report Over Alleged Sexual Misconduct

Back in may, Catfish host Nev Schulman was accused of sexual misconduct.

The woman who brought forward her #MeToo story had appeared on the show, and says that she worried that he might do the same with other women.

Now, she has revealed that she filed her report about the alleged incident with the police.

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Ayissha Morgan tells The Blast that she officially filed two police reports related to her allegations of sexual misconduct that she leveled towards Nev Schulman.

She says that both reports were filed on May 25.

The reports, filed with the Houston Police Department, were made “for what happened during my participation on the show.”

She accuses a production assistant of having plied her with alcohol in order to take advantage of her.

She also accuses Schulman, the host of Catfish, of having sexually harassed her.

(Though sexual harassment is never okay, it is important to note that Ayissha is openly gay, which adds another upsetting layer to the alleged harassment)

Speaking to The Blast, Ayissha explains what that process of speaking to the police was like.

“I have provided them with my statement and detailed accounts of what I went through.”

She has a general message for readers who are curious about her life — from her appearance on Catfish a few years ago and from her new accusations.

“I ask that you please respect my privacy moving forward.”

Of course.

She does not want to answer any more particular questions, in case it interfere with the police as they look into the matter.

“And allow those who are handling the investigation do so without interference.”

Of course. Investigators prefer to be the only ones asking questions.

When Ayissha published her accusations, she did so with a great deal of thought, and included a note, writing:

“I don’t want attention or money.”

So many accuse the accusers of hoping to somehow turn their accusations into fame and fortune, even though most of what accusers face is ridicule.

“Help me spread awareness.”

She admits that she feels tormented by the idea that Schulman may have harassed other women while she has remained silent.

“This is a serious topic that I would never lie about.”

Allegations of sexual misconduct is about as serious as it gets.

“That would be disgusting for me to lie about something as serious as this. Please understand.”

Schulman is said to have repeatedly verbally harassed Ayissha while the two were not on camera.

At one point, he allegedly told her:

“I have a big d–k. I would tear your a– up.”

There are situations in which that is an okay thing to say to a person. When you are a TV host and your guest is very much not interested is not one of those times.

Nev Schulman has denied the allegations.

MTV is making sure that Catfish does not have any further incidents by suspending production on the current season.

It is always smart to play it safe for many reasons, in terms of ethics, public image, and even potential liability issues.

Unfortunately, sexual misconduct is both extremely difficult to prove or disprove.

Ayissha Morgan may need to find a corroborating witness — perhaps she already has one — or at least an outcry witness in order for police to be able to build a case from her report.


Thomas Ravenel: Sexual Assault Charges FINALLY Addressed By Bravo

Plenty of deplorable actions have been documented on Bravo reality shows over the years, and many viewers have accused the network of condoning behavior that crosses the line into abuse and harassment.

Fortunately, in the increasingly shocking case of Southern Charm star Thomas Ravenel, the network has finally heeded the call for greater accountability.

Ravenel was first accused of sexual assault in early May, when a real estate named Ashley Perkins came forward with claims that he forced himself on her mother after the two of them went on a date in 2015.

“He pushed my mom onto the nanny’s bed, grabs her wrist with one hand, then he starts trying to pull her pants off. And she’s like ‘No, no, no, stop,’” Perkins told the outlet.

“He stuck his fingers inside of her vagina as well as her anus,” she added.

Perkins says Ravenel stopped his assault only after her mother screamed at him, “You’re a rapist!”

As is so often the case with this sort of thing, other women were emboldened to come forward with allegations of their own after hearing Perkins’ account.

Just one week later, Ravenel was accused of sexually assaulting the nanny of his two children while his infant daughter slept nearby.

As more accusers against Ravenel came forward, Bravo execs shockingly remained silent on the subject, and sadly, viewers were not surprised.

The network has a long history of turning a blind eye to repugnant behavior, so long as the accused cast members continued to be good for ratings.

But now, Andy Cohen and company have decided to finally take action against Ravenel — albeit in the most mild, “slap on the wrist” fashion imaginable.

According to Radar Online, Ravenel will not be permitted to participate in the upcoming Southern Charm reunion show.

“Thomas is not invited to the reunion,” a source tells the outlet.

“With everything going on, it seemed better to the execs not to have him there.”

Believe it or not, it looks as though that’s the only action that Bravo is planning to take.

Fortunately, others are taking steps to ensure that Ravenel will not be permitted to continue causing harm to others.

His ex-wife Kathryn Dennis has stated that she intends to have Ravenel stripped of the right to visit his two children, at least until the investigation into his misconduct is completed.

Of course, Ravenel is not stranger to being under investigation.

In 2007, the former South Carolina politician was convicted of “conspiring to buy and distribute less than 100 grams of cocaine.”

He was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison.

The revelation of Ravenel’s sexual misconduct has drawn considerable scrutiny to Bravo and its hiring practices.

Needless to say, many are calling for stronger action to be taken against Ravenel, and calls for a boycott of the network have been circulating on social media.

Why Bravo has waited so long to give Ravenel the ax is anyone’s guess.

But we’re guessing that step will be taken very soon.


Demi Lovato: Fans Accuse Her of Sexual Harassment After Prank-Gone-Wrong

Demi Lovato decided to hold a Q&A session with fans on Twitter.

It didn't go so well after Demi answered an innocuous question with a story that shocked and horrified a sizable chunk of her fans.

Demi tells fans that she once pulled a prank on her bodyguard by hiring a sex worker to surprise him.

She says that the sex worker groped his genitals during the process.

Demi shares this in a single tweet — and we do have to remember that sometimes people leave out important details while condensing a story.

But, to many, it sounds like she solicited someone to sexually harass one of her employees, and ultimately shares the blame for him being groped.

Though the bodyguard himself defended Demi, fans point out that an employee defending his boss isn't exactly surprising.

The discourse among fans is actually really interesting, and both sides make really good points. Take a look.

1. This is how it starts

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We’re not sure why Demi decided to be this honest in answering the fan Q&A. She could have said something less controversial. She has since deleted this tweet.

2. Demi did not like the responses

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Fans, as you can imagine, did not like Demi comparing a story about sexual harassment to, uh, jellybeans. So … technically, she was right — people were pretty pissed about her jellybeant weet.

3. Demi tried to defend herself

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Wiord to the wise: “I was abused” is not a get-out-of-jail-free card. Unfortunately, some people who survive abuse can be very problematic as adults.

4. Demi then "apologizes"

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This, folks, is not an apology. She’s sort of saying that she regrets that other people reacted negatively to her statement. We’ve all “apologized” like this and we know that it’s what you say when you think that what you did was right.

5. The bodyguard spoke up

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Before he saw the discourse, Max just replied with a see-no-evil monkey emoji. Given the context, it sounds like he was not especially bothered by the prank.

6. Max then defends Demi

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When someone sexually harasses another person, is it sexual harassment if they say that it’s okay? Is that still the case if the person is an employee? The world is complicated.

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