Jaimie Alexander Explains Why She Supports Chris Hardwick

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Jaimie Alexander has come out in support of Chris Hardwick two weeks after the comedian and TV host was accused of sexual abuse by his ex-girlfriend.

On Thursday, Alexander shared a petition on Twitter calling for AMC to keep Hardwick as the host of Talking Dead. Although AMC pulled Hardwick’s show Talking following the allegations against him, the network hasn’t yet announced a decision about the fate of Talking Dead. The petition in question says, “If you are tired of the Hollywood Accusations then sign below and the petition below and tell AMC to bring Chris Hardwick Back!”

Alexander posted a link to this petition along with the heart emoji and the praying emoji.

As you would expect, not all of Alexander’s followers were happy with this tweet, with some asking her why she was supporting an abuser. After the backlash, Alexander chimed in with a second tweet explaining that she has known Hardwick for years and does not believe the allegations against him.

It was exactly two weeks ago that Chloe Dykstra published a Medium essay about Hardwick. In her essay, she alleged that Hardwick was emotionally abusive towards her during their relationship, not allowing her to speak in public places, have any male friends, or go out at night for any reason.

Dykstra also accused Hardwick of sexual abuse. She said that she was so terrified of upsetting him that she let him sexually assault her regularly. “I was expected to be ready for him when he came home from work,” she wrote.

Technically, Dykstra didn’t use Hardwick’s name in her Medium post, but the details she provided made it obvious who she was talking about.

In the aftermath of the allegations, Nerdist removed all references to Hardwick from its website. In addition, AMC pulled episodes of Talking with Chris Hardwick from the air; the premiere was supposed to be broadcast days after Dykstra published her post. Hardwick was also pulled from moderating AMC and BBC America panels at Comic-Con.

Chris Hardwick attends the 2018 NBCUniversal Winter Press Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 9, 2018 in Pasadena, California.

Chris Hardwick | Christopher Polk/Getty Images

Hardwick soon came out and denied Dykstra’s allegations, and some of his text messages with Dykstra were later leaked to TMZ. They’re meant to portray Hardwick in a positive light, showing Dykstra begging him to take her back after they broke up.

Several of Hardwick’s ex-girlfriends have since come out to defend him, saying he was never abusive when they were together. So far, three women have said as much: Andrea Savage, Janet Varney, and Jacinda Barrett.

“I’ve known Chris for over 15 years,” Savage said. “We dated years and years ago. He is one of the kindest, most supportive, women-supporting, intelligent people I’ve ever met. None of this rang true in terms of my experience with him. He’s truly one of the least controlling people. That’s not the Chris I know.”

Few of Hardwick’s friends have actually come out to defend him other than Alexander, though. Most have either been silent on the matter or have released vague statements expressing their shock, such as Wil Wheaton, who said on June 15th that he needed more time to make a public statement.

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