Chloe Dykstra, a cosplayer and nerd culture person, recently posted a story to Medium in which she described a 3-year absuive relationship she was in. She does not name the person. Other places, however, have decided that it was Chris Hardwick.
This being the Internet in 2018, he's guilty because he was accused. And not accused directly; a third party inferred it. The comment section on my second link is bascially the dictionary definition of a witch hunt. It would've been fun to watch a couple people twist themselves into knots to dismiss a guy who talks about dating someone crazy and being falsely accused of things if it weren't so scary.
And what's worse, accusations like this are now self-fulfilling. As reported here (somewhat gleefully), the Nerdist removed mentions of Hardwick's name from their site. This is taken as confirmation of Dykstra's accusations and that the person she's accusing was Hardwick. Instead of, you know, a company protecting its bottom line by capitulating to the mob.
If I were a man remotely in the public eye, I would be very afraid right now. I would be trying to think through every interaction I ever had (and not just the opposite sex, given what happened to George Takei), trying to figure out who would be willing to destroy my life because they feel like it. Hell, this article made me think about that anyway, and I'm not remotely famous. If I were a male victim of sexual assualt, of course, I'd be worried for the usual reasons (just ask Terry Crews and Brendan Frasier how their experiences went).
Actually, I'd be just as afraid if not more so if I were in college.
I simply cannot understand being in a place that can't see the hypocrisy. Then again, it does make a strange kind of sense, since this seems to be coming from the same echo chamber that we accuse Fox News viewers of inhabiting.