If you are a fan of the Walking Dead, there’s a good chance you’ve seen the aftershow, Talking Dead, headed by host Chris Hardwick. However, the AMC host was recently put on hiatus (and subsequently reinstated) following an essay published by Hardwick’s ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra. In the report, Dykstra detailed the emotional and sexual abuse she suffered by an unnamed ex-boyfriend that others said were Hardwick. Following the accusation, Hardwick denied the claims (even though he wasn’t specifically named), choosing to step down from moderating Comic-Con panels because of the controversy. Those who were following the case closely assumed AMC would soon let Hardwick go, but that was not the case.
At the end of July, AMC announced Hardwick’s return via a press release that stated they had completed their investigation. According to the press release, the law firm handling the case happened to represent the Hearst Corporation on a number of issues. The problem with this? Hardwick married into the Hearst family after wedding Lydia Hearst. This revelation was not received well, as you may imagine. An attorney for the law firm released a statement saying they “took it (the accusations) very seriously.”
What Did The Essay Say?
Dykstra’s essay – published on Medium – implied that Hardwick had sexually assaulted her during their relationship, and that was just the tip of the iceberg. The Web TV personality’s essay outlined a tumultuous relationship in which there were restrictions placed on her going out at night, keeping male friends, and even speaking in public. She also says she was the victim of physical abuse and emotional assault by the unnamed ex-boyfriend. Hardwick vehemently denied the claims, releasing a statement saying: “These are very serious allegations and not to be taken lightly which is why I’ve taken the day to consider how to respond. I was heartbroken to read Chloe’s post. Our three-year relationship was not perfect – we were ultimately not a good match and argued – 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.”
In addition to the accusations made in the essay, Dykstra also said that, after she broke up with Hardwick, he and a female colleague had her successfully blacklisted from the industry, going as far as calling companies she was employed by “to get me fired by threatening to never work with them.”
This is yet another example of sexual harassment in Hollywood and shows how serious we are taking these claims. #MeToo and #TimesUp have both been monumental movements that are changing how we interact and engage with one another. At Janovksy & Associates, we believe in standing up for the rights of our clients and doing everything on their behalf. If you need a Dallas sexual harassment lawyer, please contact Janovksy & Associates today and schedule a free consultation regarding your case.