Lea Michele, left, and Chris Hardwick will present a performance by Nick Jonas at the American Music Awards in the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Chris Hardwick’s wife, Lydia Hearst, is speaking out about the allegations of abuse against her husband.
Last week, 29-year-old actress Chloe Dykstra claimed that she was the victim of emotional and physical abuse by an ex-boyfriend in a first-person essay that went viral, with the title “pink Glasses: A Confession.” Crosby is not the name of her alleged perpetrator, but did write that he was 20 years older than her, and sober, which led many to believe she was talking about Hardwick. Hardwick denies the allegations.
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On Thursday, Hearst, who’s been married to 46-year-old Hardwick since 2016 — broke her silence on the allegations and said that she is in “full support” of her husband.
“This is not a statement in the defense, this is a statement of the defense,” Hearst tells ET. “The defense, for all the women who have been sexually abused, raped, trafficked and assaulted; the defense of all people that this movement was started. In the past year is the #MeToo movement has rightly focused a spotlight directly on women who need stories to be told. As someone who has been involved in toxic relationships in the past, I know first-hand the importance of sharing these stories and do not take this situation lightly.”
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“I have made the decision to come out in the support of my husband not out of obligation, but out of necessity, to speak the truth about the person that I know of,” the statement continues. “Chris has been nothing but loving and compassionate and is the only person who stood by me, never judged me, helped me heal and feel whole. To defend my husband would give credence to any of these accusations. I will not do that.”
Hearst, 33, says “the truth will always win.”
“Chris Hardwick is a good man,” she says. “I remain in full support of my husband, and I believe that the truth always wins. #TimesUp because I know my truth and I believe in a fair trial.”
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. pic.twitter.com/giXmp2wb9V
— Chloe Dykstra (@skydart) 20 June 2018
Meanwhile, Crosby took to Twitter on Wednesday to thank people for their support.
“The people who come forward to both the stories validate the mine, and the stories of their own personal experiences, helped me tremendously with my own healing process,” she wrote. “After years of therapy and rebuilding, your support has done so much more for me than all together.”
In a statement to the Deadline of last Friday, Hardwick vehemently denied ever sexually assaulting Dykstra. Since the allegations, both Hardwick’s AMC show, Talking With Chris Hardwick, and his San Diego Comic-Con appearance scheduled for next month.
“These are very serious accusations and not to be taken lightly that is the reason why I’ve taken the day to consider how to respond. I was devastated to read Chloe’s post,” Hardwick said. “Our three-year relationship was not perfect-we were ultimately not a good match and argued — even screamed at each other, but I loved her, and did my best to elevate and support of her partner and companion, in no way and at no time did I sexually assault her.”
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“If we lived together, I found out that Chloe cheated on me, and I ended the relationship,” he continued. “For a number of weeks after we broke up, she asked me to get back together with me and even told me she wanted to have children with me, ‘build a life’ with me and told me that I was ‘it’, but I had no desire to be with someone who was unfaithful.”
“I am devastated to read that she is now accusing me of conduct that does not occur. I was surprised by her post and always wanted the best for her. As a husband, a son, and, father, I do not take any form of abuse of women,” Hardwick concluded.