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Three months after Chloe Dykstra published a harrowing essay on Medium detailing a years-long, emotionally, physically and sexually abusive relationship with “a mildly successful podcaster to a powerhouse CEO of his own company,” later revealed to be AMC’s Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick, the actor has granted Time her first public interview.

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In it, Dykstra opens up about the harassment she’s faced since checking Twitter the morning after she published her piece: “I opened trending and saw my face. It was the most terrifying thing I have ever experienced. I was just like, ‘No, no, no.’”

That changed once Hardwick was revealed to be the subject of the accusations:

“The tide kind of shifted. I was attacked relentlessly. There was an organized group of people online whose sole purpose was to try to disprove me. I was terrified people were going to figure out where I lived.”

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And it continues today:

“After months of reading horrible things about myself, I got to such a low point that I considered ending it. I didn’t really have guidance because you can’t really Google, ‘How to handle being an accuser?’”

When asked about Hardwick’s very temporary removal-slash-immediate reinstatement at AMC/Talking Dead, Dykstra said she was strangely grateful:

“When I found out he had gotten his jobs back, I was actually relieved because I knew [the online harassment] wasn’t going to stop until he was reinstated.”

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Unfortunately and perhaps unexpectedly, the abuse has yet to subside. Read the full article here.

Senior Writer, Jezebel. It's facetious. My debut book, LARGER THAN LIFE: A History of Boy Bands, is out July 21.

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