Yesterday, actress and cosplayer Chloe Dykstra penned and published a heart-rending essay about the “long-term” abuse she allegedly suffered at the hands of an ex-boyfriend. While she doesn’t name her alleged abuser, some key details suggested she was referring to comedian Chris Hardwick.
The essay, titled “Rose-Colored Glasses: A Confession,” went into the gritty detail about Dykstra’s experiences within a controlling, emotionally suffocating relationship, including a set of rules she was expected to follow which restricted her from friending men, making plans at night, drinking alcohol, and even speaking in public. Dykstra even accused her ex of sexual assault on a regular basis. As a result, the actress lost an unhealthy amount of weight, started pulling out her hair, and eventually stopped speaking at all.
Dykstra’s abuser, whom she described as nearly 20 years her senior, was allegedly a mildly successful podcaster who had become, over time, a powerhouse CEO obsessed with celebrity. Dykstra worked many jobs for him, fearing his anger if she didn’t, and when she finally managed to leave him, he made it his mission to ruin her career.
Hundreds of people have connected to Dykstra’s story and have reached out online in solidarity.
The actress tweeted in thanks to the support, writing, “I quietly posted an article today, unlisted on Medium. It clearly made the rounds. I’m overwhelmed and I want to thank all of you for your support and kind words — they mean so much to me. I may tkae some time off the internet, please know your support means everything to me.”