Chris Hardwick has been scrubbed from the Nerdist website by Legendary Entertainment after his ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra, accused him of sexual and emotional abuse during their three-year relationship.
“Chris Hardwick had no operational involvement with Nerdist for the two years preceding the expiration of his contract in December 2017. 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,” a Legendary spokesperson said in statement on Friday.
Back in February 2018, The Hollywood Reporter reported that while Hardwick had stepped back from day-to-day operations at Nerdist, he remained the company’s CEO.
In the piece titled “Rose-Colored Glasses: A Confession,” Dykstra shares disturbing allegations from the relationship, including rules that the man allegedly made for her, like that she could not go out at night unless he was there, no male friends and no drinking because he was sober, so she had to be.
“I generally stopped speaking unless spoken to while with him, drifting through life like a ghost,” she wrote. “I would try to sleep in as late as possible so my days were shorter. I stopped listening to music entirely. I ceased to be. I was an ex-person.”
The most serious accusation, though, is that she claims the man sexually assaulted her.
Dykstra ended the Medium post by writing: “A sincere and heartfelt apology could have made my last four years a hell of a lot easier. The person I used to date would try to sue me due to pride- I would not recommend it. I have audio/video that will support and prove many of the things I’ve stated in this post. I’ve chosen not to include it for your sake, in the hopes that the person you’ve become will do the right thing.”
Chris Hardwick has not commented on the allegations.
Here’s a video that has aged like fine milk, Chris Hardwick and Andy Signore commenting about the backlash of casting a Female Dr. Who.