Is Jaleel White, current Dancing With the Stars contestant and former star of Family Matters (Steve Urkel) guilty of abuse? That’s what the mother of his 2-year-old daughter says.
According to a report from RadarOnline, White’s ex, Bridget Hardy, says this is the first time she has ever spoken out about the abusive relationship she endured with the DWTS contestant. She claims the worst of the abuse took place when she confronted him for cheating on her, back in 2010.
“He blew up,” Hardy says. “He hit me across the chest area.”
No charges were ever filed and Jaleel White denies any wrongdoing. Hardy claims that following his hitting her, he followed her into the bathroom where the altercation reportedly continued.
“He pushed me into the toilet, and it broke. Water went everywhere, through the walls and even to the kitchen downstairs,” she says.
Bridget Hardy says White was verbally and emotionally abusive to her as well.
“Verbally and emotionally, he’s abusive. He told me I’m not working; I have no money; I’m white trash. None of it was true,” she says.
Hardy and White are parents to 2-year-old Samaya White. Hardy claims White even offered her money to leave the child in his permanent custody.
“He texted me and offered me $200,000 to leave our daughter with him and have me go and start my own family,” she explains. “He basically tried to pay me off. I went home screaming and said, ‘We’re done.'”
When Bridget Hardy returned from a short trip she had previously planned, she found White had locked her out of their home and placed all of her possessions in storage. She says he was a longtime philanderer, having hooked up with one mistress just a week after their baby was born.
When asked why this is just coming to light now, and why there were never any charges filed, she claims she simply didn’t want to press any charges.
Do you think DWTS contestant Jaleel White was really this abusive to his ex and mother of his child, Bridget Hardy? If so, these are some pretty serious charges. Or is Hardy seeking her 15 minutes of fame now that White is back in the limelight as a contestant on Dancing With the Stars?
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