Chloe Dykstra Contemplated Suicide After Being Harassed Over Chris Hardwick Allegations
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When Chloe Dykstra accused an unnamed ex of abuse in her essay, she by no means believed she would obtain such web backlash.
“I opened trending [on Twitter] and noticed my face,” she informed Time in an interview printed Thursday. “It was essentially the most terrifying factor I’ve ever skilled. I used to be similar to, ‘No, no, no.'”
Medium printed the piece in June. Within the article, Dykstra accused the alleged perpetrator of “long-term” abuse, sexual assault and profession blacklisting. Whereas she by no means named the previous boyfriend, many assumed she was referring to Chris Hardwick, whom she dated for 3 years earlier than splitting in 2014.
At first, Dykstra obtained a number of encouraging messages from her followers. She even tweeted out a notice wherein she thanked them for the “outpouring of help and love.”
“Then the tide type of shifted,” she informed Time. “I used to be attacked relentlessly. There was an organized group of individuals on-line whose sole goal was to attempt to disprove me. I used to be terrified folks have been going to determine the place I lived.”
Dykstra mentioned the feedback took such a toll on her that she contemplated suicide.
“After months of studying horrible issues about myself, I obtained to such a low level that I thought-about ending it,” she mentioned. “I did not actually have steerage as a result of you may’t actually Google, ‘How you can deal with being an accuser?'”
Hardwick denied the allegations in an announcement to Deadline. The AMC star mentioned he was “blindsided” by the accusations and that he doesn’t tolerate “any type of mistreatment of ladies.”
“I used to be heartbroken to learn Chloe’s publish,” a part of his assertion learn. “Our three 12 months relationship was not good—we have been in the end not a very good match and argued—even shouted at one another—however I liked her, and did my finest to uplift and help her as a associate and companion in any approach and at no time did I sexually assault her.”
The community launched an investigation and revealed it might not air Speaking Dead or Speaking With Chris Hardwick throughout this time. Dykstra later revealed she had chosen to not take part within the investigation in regards to the particular person she described in her essay, claiming she did “not imagine in a watch for a watch.”
After finishing its investigation, AMC introduced Hardwick would return to the packages in July. The host reappeared on Speaking Useless in August. His identify was additionally reinstated to his web site Nerdist, from which it had beforehand been scrubbed.
“Once I discovered he had gotten his jobs again, I used to be truly relieved as a result of I knew [the online harassment] wasn’t going to cease till he was reinstated,” Dykstra mentioned.
Upon returning to his present, Hardwick tearfully addressed the viewers and thanked them for his help.
“I need to thanks, The Strolling Useless neighborhood, for your entire help these final couple of months,” he mentioned. “, this present is not only a job to me. That is—this can be a very important a part of my life, , and this has been a sanctuary these final seven years we have been right here. This has been with me by good instances and dangerous instances and I’ve a lot gratitude to you, the followers, and the producers, and the superb casts of each of those reveals, , for permitting me to come back right here and be part of this neighborhood each week. That is what that is. This a neighborhood.”
Based on The Hollywood Reporter, Hardwick is ready to host a Strolling Useless panel at New York Comedian Con in October.
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