Lydia Hearst Defends Husband Chris Hardwick Amidst Sexual Misconduct Allegations
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The model writes on Instagram, '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.'

AceShowbiz - Model Lydia Hearst is standing up for her husband Chris Hardwick against allegations of sexual misconduct, insisting he is "nothing but loving".

The comedian and TV host hit headlines last week, ends June 17 after his actress ex, Chloe Dykstra, detailed her painful experience in an essay titled Rose-Colored Glasses: A Confession, which was published on the Medium website.

She didn't name the older former boyfriend who had treated her badly during the three-year relationship she engaged in during her early 20s, but claimed he had tried to control and manipulate her throughout the romance, and sexually assaulted her on a regular basis.

Reports suggested Hardwick, 46, was the ex 29-year-old Dykstra had been referring to, and he subsequently addressed the claims, insisting was "heartbroken" to read the post.

"Our three year relationship was not perfect... 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," he told Deadline.com.

Now his wife, model Lydia, has given her man her full confidence in a public statement issued to People.com, in which she also voiced her support for the #MeToo and Time's Up campaigns against sexual misconduct.

"This is not a statement in defence, this is a statement of defence," she declared. "Defence 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".

She then insisted the accusations against her husband of two years are simply not true.

"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 continued. "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.

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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"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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