AceShowbiz - Jaimie Alexander has publicly voiced her support for friend Chris Hardwick after the talk show host was accused of sexual assault by an ex-girlfriend.
Earlier this month, Chloe Dykstra wrote an essay on Medium in which she accused an ex-boyfriend of sexual assault and emotional abuse during their three-year relationship. She didn't name names, but her current boyfriend, Pacific Rim star Robert Kazinsky, seemingly identified Hardwick in tweets.
Hardwick has vehemently denied the allegations, saying he was "devastated" and "blindsided" by Dykstra's story. His wife Lydia Hearst subsequently issued a statement to support him, and the Thor actress, his good friend, followed suit on Thursday, June 28.
"Guys- I've know. Chris Hardwick for over 10 years. I knew him through his breakup with said accuser," she tweeted. "With the personal knowledge I have regarding this situation I am choosing to follow my heart, my instincts, and support my friend."
Guys- I’ve know. Chris Hardwick for over 10 years. I knew him through his breakup with said accuser. With the personal knowledge I have regarding this situation I am choosing to follow my heart, my instincts, and support my friend.
— Jaimie Alexander (@JaimieAlexander) 28 June 2018
The Blindspot star also shared a link to a Change.org petition, which she had signed, calling for Hardwick to keep his job on The Walking Dead companion show, The Talking Dead.
Alexander joins Hardwick's former fiancee Jacinda Barrett, who is now married to Suits star Gabriel Macht, after she publicly declared her support for the TV personality on Instagram earlier this week.
"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," she wrote. "Accuser and Accused. Everyone deserves to be heard. A rush to judgement denies the right to due process; the Metoo movement deserves due process."
Following the allegations, Nerdist, the digital entertainment company founded by Hardwick, distanced itself from the comedian by removing his name and bio from their website.