ICYMI: Comedienne Beth Stelling’s Ex-Boyfriend Responds To Her Claims That He Was Abusive

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As we reported, last week Beth Stelling took to Instagram to bravely share a horrifying story about an ex-boyfriend who “verbally, physically abused, and raped” her.

In her post, the comedienne said she decided to leave his name out because she “didn’t want to hurt him, start a war, press charges, be interrogated or harassed by him or his friends and family.”

However, her alleged abuser’s name was ultimately identified by the funny lady’s friends as Cale Hartmann.

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And on Wednesday, the comic decided to share his side of the story in a long Facebook post, writing:

“I was incredibly hurt to see my ex-girlfriend had made public accusations across all of her social media platforms that tell a story so far beyond the truth. The severity of her accusations are false and extremely harmful. I’m not sure she realizes the irreparable harm of her actions.”

The actor claimed that the internet users who have attacked him for these accusations don’t actually know the truth, and have no proof that he did was his former flame says he did:

“My career and life do not deserve to be taken away without some basic level of due process just because of an allegation on the Internet. She is being praised and lauded to no end while people take joy in destroying me as the new villain of the week. How would that make you feel?”

The 2 Broke Girls and Key & Peele alum had taken a brief break from social media after the scandal surfaced, but addressed the temporary hiatus, explaining:

“To insinuate that my temporary ‘break’ from social media was anything other than me trying to protect myself and my family while I assessed the situation the best I could is ludicrous. It has been characterized as a guilt plea – it is not. Just try for two seconds to imagine waking up to see you have been accused of the worst crime imaginable. You have no idea how terrifying that is, especially when the personal threats start rolling in.”

Beth’s ex acknowledged that people probably won’t accept his denial of these awful allegations:

“I fell in love with Beth and will continue to treat her with the utmost respect. I understand how nearly impossible it will be for you to believe me. And I have been on the other side of this many times and just assumed the accused party was guilty because Facebook told me so. The only thing keeping me sane and rational is that I know the truth.”

Ch-ch-check out his full post (below):

Much of my career in comedy has been centered around the Internet. I understand and appreciate the value of “viral.”…
Posted by Cale Hartmann on Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Beth has yet to address Cale’s response. However, she did share a link to comedian Courtney Pauroso‘s podcast on Saturday, in which the host explains that they share the same abuser and criticizes his Facebook response.

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[Image via Cale Hartmann/Facebook.]

Jan 4, 2016 3:16pm PDT

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