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Lydia Hearst Supports Husband Chris Hardwick Amid Allegations of Abuse By Chloe Dykstra

Lydia Hearst Supports Husband Chris Hardwick Amid Allegations of Abuse By Chloe Dykstra

Lydia Hearst, the wife of Chris Hardwick, has come forward with a statement about her husband amid his allegations of abuse and misconduct by his former girlfriend Chloe Dykstra.

“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,” Lydia posted in a statement on her Instagram account. “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.”

Lydia continued, “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.”

Chris has denied all allegations.

Click inside to see Lydia Hearst’s full statement in defense of her husband Chris Hardwick….

Lydia Hearst Full Statement

“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.”

“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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  • Strats

    I’m sure he treated the billionaire as nice as pie.

  • Strats

    I’m sure he treated the billionaire as nice as pie.

  • Strats

    I’m sure he treated the billionaire as nice as pie.

  • Strats

    I’m sure he treated the billionaire as nice as pie.

  • Strats

    I’m sure he treated the billionaire as nice as pie.

  • LegalBetch

    Excellent point.

  • LegalBetch

    Excellent point.

  • LegalBetch

    Excellent point.

  • LegalBetch

    Excellent point.

  • LegalBetch

    Excellent point.

  • Sansa Squad

    Exactly. It’s always far more telling how people treat those “beneath” them than those they hold in high esteem/try to impress. Considering how vocal his former employees have all been about believing Chloe, I think it’s very clear that he’s just someone who knows how to hide what a monster he is (when he wants to, of course).

  • wearing

    From child abuse to work acquaintances, it’s possible to be terrible towards one person and nice towards another.

  • Lewisbieber

    He’s not talented at all.

  • Toad Wallop

    He’s worth 15 million on his own. I don’t think money is an issue here. He’d be fine even if she left him. Most of the 7 billion people on earth will never see anything close to 15 million dollars. lol

  • Toad Wallop

    It’s also possible for someone to lie about a situation in order to get revenge. The only reason she put that out was to ruin him, and to put a spotlight on herself. It was 4 years ago, and even if everything she said was true, nothing he did was actually illegal. Responsibility to the responsible. If she was having such a rough time, she could’ve left from the get go. Especially if he put these “rules” out there in the beginning. She could’ve confronted him personally, or made her post to the world more ambiguous. What she did was purely premeditated to cause damage to him. If she consented to sex, even if she didn’t want it, just to keep him with her, that’s her fault, and it’s not sexual assault, or rape. She made a choice, whether she wanted it or not. Being an asshole isn’t illegal.

  • wearing

    You should go volunteer at a women’s shelter and learn why it takes so many times to leave an abuser. Even if this particular case isn’t so, your view of victims is too black and white.

  • Toad Wallop

    Not at all. I’m only talking about this case in particular. I believe that there are people abused in bad relationships. This case doesn’t seem to fit that. This seems more premeditated to destroy someone’s career, over a bad relationship, where she was dumped for cheating. I’ve sat with a girlfriend in the hospital, while she was being examined after being raped. She was grabbed by someone outside of a bar, after her stupid friend left her there alone, and was carried back behind the building’s dumpster. He tore her underwear off and was trying to rape her from behind. Lucky for her, if you could call it that, he heard a car and ran away. He didn’t actually penetrate, but the clitorous was red from him trying to get it in. I cried with her for days. I mourned it as hard, or harder than a death. I know personally how painful a rape situation is. But, I don’t particularly understand why a grown adult would stay with someone that was abusing them. Even the actually proven to be true cases. It doesn’t make sense to a rational mind. I do feel for them though. I also believe at some age, and at some point, you have to take responsibility for yourself, and your own choices. Also, in this case, it doesn’t make sense after 6 months, to keep texting love and sorry messages to someone that was abusing you, then after he marries and is expecting a child, and is having success all around, to go and drop this essay to the world.

  • wearing

    A rape from a stranger is different from a long term abusive relationship. Here’s what I’m talking about:
    -http://theconversation.com/abusive-relationships-why-its-so-hard-for-women-to-just-leave-93449
    - http://www.businessinsider.com/trauma-bonding-explains-why-people-often-stay-in-abusive-relationships-2017-8

  • Toad Wallop

    I’m talking about THIS case in particular. And rape is rape, and the rape I’m talking about is much more damaging to a person. You don’t know if you’re about to get murdered too. You could very well get your throat cut after being brutally raped, behind a dumpster, of all things. It’s extremely traumatic. This case, even if she’s telling the complete truth, barely constitutes as coercion. I would call rape through coercion as something like driving a date out a long dirt road at night, and saying put out, or get out. Not, I gave him sex every night because I thought he might break up if I didn’t. You have a much easier choice in a case like that. Also, you seem to automatically assume the accuser is always telling the truth, yet say my thinking is black and white. Hypocrisy, I say.

  • wearing

    You were asking why didn’t she just leave and I was responding to that.

  • Toad Wallop

    She clearly didn’t want to leave, but cheated on him, and still wanted him back 6 months later. At what point is she responsible for her own choices? Did he take her free will from her? Now, he looses all his jobs. He’s set for life either way, but he’s a workaholic, and enjoys what he does/did. I’m not arguing, but this case seems fishy to me. If he did everything she said, then he was a dick for it, but at what point does someone get forgiven, or get to change from mistakes? His current wife, by her own words, thinks the world of him. When is water under the bridge, just that? After you take someone’s career from one unsubstantiated essay?

  • wearing

    Life’s not black and white. It can be both–she could cheat and still be in an abusive relationship.

    I don’t know at what point is all forgiven, but I think of it as restorative justice. I’m assuming he wasn’t in turmoil before this, so this would be his comeuppance.

    This is quite a grey period, where people should be punished for past deeds and future people should be held accountable for immoral actions. It’ll be murky for a while until the next generation is raised to be held accountable.

  • Sansa Squad

    When was the last time you met a benevolent entrepreneur who felt they’d made *enough* money? Not to mention he’s clearly someone who’s into status and celebrity – so it’s not just the money, it’s the high-society clout the Hearst name gives him. It legitimizes him and gets him invited to events and into circles he’d have no access to otherwise. There’s a lot more to her money than the money itself.

  • Toad Wallop

    I never said life was black and white, you accused me of that, and what you’re saying is still assuming her word is golden. There is no justice when someone is fired, or career is ruined, for one unsubstantiated accusation of being a bad boyfriend, from half a decade ago. And when does she take responsibility for her own choices? The evidence from her videos on YouTube, and from the text messages paint a different picture than what she had in her essay. Of course there is grey area in this, and the truth probably lies in the middle somewhere between each person’s side of story. The problem now, is someone can make a claim, and not even name the person directly, and they can be ruined without any due process, or evidence of any sort. She was using the MeToo movement to exact revenge. That part is pretty obvious.

  • Toad Wallop

    There’s also a lot more to this story than she had in her essay. There’s now evidence that she lied, or at least really embellished the truth. Also, most abusers don’t just completely stop their cycle of abuse over circumstantial reasons like these. If he abused Chloe, then he probably abused past girlfriends, and would also probably abuse the current wife. It’s doubtful that he’s a selective abuser. The point is, with the money he’s already made, it doesn’t matter if he thinks it’s enough, because if his current wife left him, he still wouldn’t come anywhere near starving, or financial ruin. Also, if his wife is happy, and they have a good life going, when does he get forgiveness of past mistakes? If you’re not the same person you were 5 years ago, when does a person find redemption? If it were something more severe, and there was evidence to back it up, then redemption would be hard to find, but this? Does a person deserve to loose everything, because they were a bad boyfriend half a decade ago? Also, when there’s no evidence, and it’s really a he said/she said situation. When is unloading your dirty laundry in order to ruin someone’s life, and to get your name in the media, a good idea?

  • cuzjcacjo

    don’t know if he did it or not, but people are different with different people sometimes. maybe he did abuse the other one and not you. doesn’t mean he didn’t do it just cuz you’re not getting beat

  • Toad Wallop

    Says the person with a Justin Bieber looking like Gilligan avatar! lol