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Jaleel White Sets Record Straight on Abuse Claims
ET's Nancy O'Dell sits down with Dancing with the Stars standout Jaleel White, who opens up about having to defend himself against claims of physical abuse by his ex girlfriend.
has been a hard week for me," White says, in reference to the aftermath
of a tabloid article in which his ex-girlfriend Bridget Hardy claims
the former star of the 90s sitcom Family Matters had been
physically and verbally abusive during their relationship. Among other
things, Hardy alleged that White had "hit her across the chest" and
"pushed her into the toilet."
tells Nancy there was "zero" physical abuse during the relationship
says Hardy's motives are rooted in money and only came forth now due to
his high visibility on the hit ABC dancing competition. He also pointed
out that no charges were ever filed after Hardy first made the
allegations in 2010 and there was not enough evidence to initiate a
about the verbal abuse claims, White explained, "There was no verbal
abuse. Couples argue, that's normal. I'm not going to pretend like we
didn't have any arguments, obviously we broke up. But to say verbal
abuse, and to come out with that during Dancing with the Stars, when this is an old child custody case matter that was settled in 2010, this is not a new story. It was an attack on my joy."
asked whether Hardy had asked him for money before she went public with
the allegations, he said he suspected this might happen, but didn't
allow it to happen. "She didn't ask me for money not to talk because I
didn't give her a face-to-face," White explains that she had asked for a
meeting at a coffee shop but he demanded that communication be made via
email. "I have to assume that that's what it's about -- if you're not
going to put it in email form. That it's like, 'Hey here's my offer.'"
the video for more of Nancy's interview with White, including his
reaction to recent reports of rehearsal drama between him and his pro
partner Kym Johnson.
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