Comedian Chris Hardwick's ex-girlfriend reveals emotional abuse in shocking essay
Chloe Dykstra recently came forward to shine light on this alleged reality
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In a lengthy essay on Medium, Dykstra explained that she was writing the piece as closure for herself and a warning for other people, as "Emotional abuse is a very common thing. More common than you’d think."
Their relationship, which appeared normal to the public eye, supposedly started out with many rules that restricted Dykstra from things like going out at night, talking to men, talking in public, drinking, and taking photos of them together.
Dykstra goes on to detail emotionally and sexually abusive behavior in an account that is graphic to say the least. As a result of his alleged abuse, she says she struggled with anorexia and became, as she calls it, an "ex person." When she tried to leave him, she reports that he blacklisted her and essentially ended her career.
For anyone who doesn't believe her, Dykstra claims she also has audio/visual evidence of his abuse which, she says, she didn't include in the hopes that Hardwick would do the right thing.
Hundreds of people are reaching out through Twitter to express their disgust for Hardwick and support for Dykstra.
Oh wow, I’m not shocked at all that Chris Hardwick is actually a piece of garbage. This piece by his ex, Chloe Dykstra, is devastating. Hope her essay brings her some sort of closure and the strength to move on. https://t.co/SW8IqQJwKK— Sam Cohen (@CineTalksSam) June 15, 2018
Looks like Chris Hardwick isn't a loveable nerd, but a total monster. Props to Chloe Dykstra for telling her story, I can't imagine how hard it was to tell. https://t.co/vGal3Vc5cK— Shawn Dullye (@shawndullye) June 15, 2018
It's time for the world to know who Chris Hardwick really is, but most importantly, it's time for women to know they are not alone in this type of emotional and physical abuse. You are not alone...today is the first day. ❤️ #MeToo #TimesUp https://t.co/xSHdNE3GTM … …— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) June 15, 2018
Another user asked Comic Con to remove Hardwick from his panel position for 'Doctor Who.'
While she's receiving millions of people's support, Dykstra poignantly added at the end of her essay, "We’ve come a long way, but we still have a ways to go."
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