Chris Hardwick's ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra, returned to social media this week to release another statement about "insidious" abuse she allegedly suffered during her relationship with the comedian, but once again refrained from mentioning Hardwick, who has previously denied sexual assault claims Dykstra detailed in a viral Medium essay.
"It is my hope, and it always was, that women and men on both sides of abuse will make changes to either protect themselves, or to stop the cycle of pain their own behavior can cause. These behaviors are insidious and often hard to spot -- we make excuses for them and, bit by bit, we can lose ourselves entirely," Dykstra tweeted on Wednesday.
"Despite recent events, I hope that everyone personally affected by my story can find their own closure, though the support of loved ones and friends, the way I have," she continued. "In addition, my heart goes out to those caught in the fallout."
After Dykstra came forward with her story of suffering through three years of emotional abuse and sexual assault from a controlling ex, who she also accused of successfully blacklisting her from jobs in the entertainment industry after she left him, she went on a social media hiatus. Before she went silent for four days, however, she did stick up for the media company Hardwick co-founded. But much like she did not name her ex while sharing her story, she did not outright identify Nerdist, either.
"Before I take my break, I do want to address something re: the company he founded. As I understand it, the person has not been associated with that company for several years, and I hope that they will not suffer as a result of my essay. Be kind to them, they are good people," she tweeted.
It's not clear if her most recent statement referring to "those caught in the fallout" is referencing anybody who works or has worked with Hardwick -- who also hosts AMC's "Talking" after-show series -- or if she's simply referring to others dealing with a similar situation in their lives that she described in her essay.
"The outpouring of support and love I've received over the past few days has been incredible and unexpected. The people who have come forward with both stories validating mine, and stories of their own personal experiences, have helped me immensely with my own healing process," Dykstra said Wednesday. "After years therapy and rebuilding, your support has done so much more for me than all of it combined."
"This whole experience has opened my eyes to so much, and my heart goes out to those trapped in unhealthy or abusive relationships who haven't found the strength to leave, those suffering in the workplace due to abuses of power or unfair treatment, and especially to those that don't feel their voice can be heard the way mine has," she added.
She concluded her most recent message with, "Having been able to lift from my shoulders that which was weighing me down, I'm ready to move forward in my life, finally, instead of looking back with fear and sadness. Thank you, once again, for your love and support."
Hardwick took nearly a day to respond to Dykstra's essay last Friday. Even though he was not named, there were a number of references to his life that readers immediately picked up on and connected to the comedian.
"I was heartbroken to read Chloe's post," he said. "Our three-year relationship was not perfect -- we were ultimately not a good match and argued -- even shouted at each other -- but I loved her, and did my best to uplift and support her as a partner and companion in any way and at no time did I sexually assault her."
"When we were living together, I found out that Chloe had cheated on me, and I ended the relationship," Hardwick continued while sharing his side of the story. "For several weeks after we broke up, she asked to get back together with me and even told me she wanted to have kids with me, 'build a life' with me and told me that I was 'the one,' but I did not want to be with someone who was unfaithful."
"I'm devastated to read that she is now accusing me of conduct that did not occur. I was blindsided by her post and always wanted the best for her," he concluded. "As a husband, a son, and future father, I do not condone any kind of mistreatment of women."
AMC announced last Saturday it will not air Chris Hardwick's "Talking" series until the network assesses the situation in wake of the "troubling allegations" against the host.
"We have had a positive working relationship with Chris Hardwick for many years. We take the troubling allegations that surfaced yesterday very seriously," the network said in a statement. "While we assess the situation, 'Talking with Chris Hardwick' will not air on AMC, and Chris has decided to step aside from moderating planned AMC and BBC America panels at Comic-Con International in San Diego next month."