All references to podcaster and TV host Chris Hardwick have been purged Friday from the Nerdist web site he cofounded, following allegations of an abusive relationship from an ex-girlfriend.
Model and actor Chloe Dykstra alleged in a lengthy Medium post on Thursday that she was emotionally and sexually abused by an ex-boyfriend, whom she didn’t particularly title.
“I was terrified to piss him off — so I did what he said,” she wrote. “Including let him sexually assault me. Regularly. I was expected to be ready for him when he came home from work.”
Dykstra, 29, wrote that when she was in her early twenties she started a rocky relationship with a person who was virtually 20 years her senior. Hardwick is now 46. She additionally described the person as somebody who “grew from a mildly successful podcaster to a powerhouse CEO of his own company.” Hardwick was one of many unique hosts of The Nerdist Podcast and based Nerdist Industries in 2012. He now hosts AMC’s The Walking Dead aftershow, Talking Dead, in addition to NBC’s sport present The Wall.
Neither Hardwick nor Dykstra responded to a number of requests for touch upon Friday. Dykstra wrote on Twitter that she could be taking a break from the web. BuzzFeed News spoke briefly spoke on the telephone along with her mom, Cass McCune, who declined to remark, however stated her daughter in all probability wouldn’t be talking to press in the interim. “I can’t talk,” McCune stated. “This is her factor.”
In her publish, Dykstra listed issues she was forbidden from doing within the relationship, together with going out at evening, having male pals, and talking in public areas. She stated the connection affected her bodily and psychological well being.
She alleged that her ex additionally policed her consuming habits. “As he was sober, I was not to drink alcohol,” she stated. (In a Facebook post from 2016, Hardwick wrote about going sober 13 years earlier. “It was the best decision I’ve ever made and I’ve never regretted it for a second,” he wrote.)
Dykstra wrote about an occasion the place her former associate initiated intercourse on an evening she wasn’t feeling nicely and was disinterested, however stated she felt compelled to capitulate. She stated he advised her lack of intercourse was the explanation his final relationship didn’t work out. “It was a veiled threat,” Dykstra stated. “I succumbed.”
Dykstra stated she realized her worry of creating her then-boyfriend upset was better than her worry of dying when she skilled an ectopic pregnancy, a probably life-threatening situation the place a fertilized egg grows exterior the principle cavity of the uterus. She stated she cried on the telephone when telling her ex about her want for a process to deal with the situation, and after the surgical procedure his solely concern was when he’d have the ability to have intercourse along with her once more.
After leaving her ex, Dykstra stated she met somebody new and her former associate retaliated by getting her blacklisted from corporations she frequently labored at.
Dykstra wrote in her Medium publish that she had “audio/video” proof that might help her allegations, however declined to launch it.
“I’ve chosen to not embody it on your sake, within the hopes that the particular person you’ve change into will do the correct factor,” she wrote.
After the Medium publish was revealed, Legendary Entertainment, the guardian firm of Nerdist Industries, advised BuzzFeed News Hardwick had had no operational involvement on the Nerdist web site for the 2 years earlier than his contacted led to December 2017.
“He no longer has any affiliation with Legendary Digital Networks,” a spokesperson stated in an emailed assertion. “The company has removed all reference to Mr. Hardwick even as the original Founder of Nerdist pending further investigation.”
Nerdist additionally pointed on its Twitter account that workers “were shocked to read the news this morning.”
That kind of habits is opposite to every thing we stand for and consider in, and we completely do not tolerate discrimination, harassment, and different types of abuse,” Nerdist stated.
AMC and NBC didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
After this story was first revealed, Dykstra posted on Twitter asking folks to “be variety” to “the corporate he based.”
Marcus Jones contributed reporting.