When Chloe Dykstra came forward in an essay published on Medium with allegations against an unnamed ex, she wasn’t prepared for what was to come. The story quickly went viral as readers figured out she was talking about Chris Hardwick. (He denies her accusations of emotional and sexual abuse).
In a new interview with Time, Dykstra says the backlash she received was so intense, she contemplated suicide.
"After months of reading horrible things about myself, I got to such a low point that I considered ending it," Dykstra told Time. "I didn’t really have guidance because you can’t really Google, ‘How to handle being an accuser?'"
She says she was shocked by how big her story got. "I opened trending and saw my face," she said. "It was the most terrifying thing I have ever experienced. I was just like, ‘No, no, no.'"
Especially, she said, when the criticism got louder than the support. "I was attacked relentlessly," she said. "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."