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Three Of Chris Hardwick’s Ex-Girlfriends Defend Him After Sexual Abuse Allegations

Chris Hardwick hasn’t exactly had the best month. He hasn’t been heard from since he made a statement after Chloe Dykstra accused him of sexual and emotional abuse. His current wife came to his defense, and now, it appears that three of his ex-girlfriends are doing the exact same thing.

Jacinda Barrett, Janet Varney and Andrea Savage have all released statements on the matter this week, and we’ll start with Barrett, who recently published an Instagram post, which read (verbatim):

This past week I have watched someone I once loved and shared four years of my life with be publicly accused of misconduct and abuse, then swiftly fired and shunned. The accuser’s story bears no resemblance to the one I shared with him all those years ago, but what is of supreme importance here is that every woman and every man deserves a voice. Accuser and Accused. Everyone deserves to be heard. A rush to judgement denies the right to due process; the Metoo movement deserves due process. #metoomovement #dueprocess #chrishardwick @hardwick

Varney went to the Los Angeles Times to give her account, which said:

“The last thing I wanted to do was to complicate an already complicated situation, and this statement isn’t intended to weaken or drown out the voices of those who have bravely moved us forward in the fight against all forms of abuse. But I have also only grown increasingly concerned each passing day about the myriad of ways that my silence could be interpreted, and have felt compelled to share my own experience.”

She added:

“Over the seven years Chris and I were together, I was never subjected to any kind of sexual abuse or controlling behavior whatsoever,” Varney said. “Since our breakup in 2011, we have remained friends.”

Her statement is interesting, because many took Hardwick’s past lovers’ silence as agreeing with Dykstra, which apparently wasn’t the case. Savage released her statement to People, which read:

“I’ve known Chris for over 15 years. 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.”

She continued:

“I feel like we’re suddenly in this environment where people are able to publicly name and accuse you of things, but then nobody else is allowed to give their experience with that person and defend their character. If you’re a woman and you say something like this, you’re not supportive of women and against the MeToo movement. If you’re a man, forget it, you can’t say anything.

I feel like the MeToo movement is so important, and it’s such a fragile platform on social media and the Internet for women whose voices are not being heard and literally, have no where else to turn. I feel like as much as we’re calling on men to take responsibility, women need to, as well, to protect this channel because it is powerful. When you say something, it has serious repercussions.”

She also recently reached out to him:

“I was just like, ‘Hey, I’m sure you’re having a really, really terrible day. Just wanted to say you have support out there if you need it,’ ” she said.

Dykstra’s current boyfriend, Robert Kazinsky, has made headlines for sending unwanted pictures of his penis to a former model, something he initially denied – but ultimately apologized for after some were calling him out.

People have reacted to this entire situation on Twitter:

It’s an interesting development in the Hardwick story, and one that doesn’t seem to be coming to an end any time soon. The #MeToo movement initially took down big Hollywood players such as Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Brett Ratner – but some have said it’s turning more into a movement to destroy careers with unfounded allegations, like some of the quotes above mentioned.

It also poses some very interesting questions. If you’re innocent of what you’re being accused of – should you just sit back and accept it? Should we all just sentence someone as guilty without giving them due process? Should someone have their career destroyed on allegations? And if the saying is truly #BelieveWomen, why are some discounting what Hardwick’s former girlfriends are saying? As I said, there are a lot of unanswered questions.

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