Lydia Hearst is supporting — but not defending — her husband Chris Hardwick amid the fallout from his ex-girlfriend’s abuse allegations.
Hardwick’s career has taken a bit of a nosedive in the week since actress and TV personality Chloe Dykstra accused an unnamed ex-boyfriend of emotional and sexual abuse. AMC pulled his show Talking with Chris Hardwick and he was fired from moderating two panels at San Diego Comic-Con in July.
But Hearst, who wed the disgraced nerd icon in 2016, is sticking by his side — and attempting to do so while maintaining the importance of the #MeToo movement and believing women.
In a statement to People, she explained:
“This is not a statement in defense, this is a statement of defense. Defense for all the women who have been sexually abused, raped, trafficked, and tortured; defense of all the people who this movement was started for. Over the last year the #MeToo movement has rightly aimed a spotlight directly on women whose stories needed 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.”
Hardwick denied Dykstra’s version of their relationship days after her essay was published on Medium. He admitted that while their three-year relationship was messy, he stood firm that at “no time did I sexually assault her.”
Hearst, for her part, said she wasn’t defending her husband’s actions because that would be “giving credence” to Dykstra’s claims. Instead, she vowed to support Hardwick — a “good man” who’s been “nothing but loving and compassionate” to her — and made it clear she believes in due process.
“I have made the decision to come out in support of my husband not out of obligation, but out of necessity to speak the truth about the person I know. Chris is nothing but loving and compassionate and is the only person who has stood by me, never judged me, helped me heal, and feel whole. To defend my husband would be giving credence to any of these accusations. I will not do that. Chris Hardwick is a good man. I remain in complete support of my husband, and I believe that the truth will always win. #TimesUp because I know my truth and I believe in due process.”
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