Dancing With the Stars' Jaleel White Speaks Out About Abuse Allegations

Actor has a lot to say when it comes to ex-girlfriend and baby mama Bridget Hardy's claims

By Bruna Nessif Mar 30, 2012 3:00 AMTags
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If Steve Urkel were in this situation, he would ask, "Did I do that?"

But Jaleel White has a lot more to say when it comes to his ex-girlfriend and baby mama, Bridget Hardy, telling Star magazine that White verbally and physically abused her in 2010.

(By the way, when we say a lot, we mean a lot).

"The allegations made against me back in 2010 have suspiciously resurfaced in time to coincide with my new show on Syfy and Dancing With the Stars; Bridget Hardy has consistently shown a knack for timing throughout our child custody disputes," he tells E! News in a statement.

"When you're doing well in life it's par for the course certain individuals will try and knock you down. When the individual is also the mother of your only child it is particularly hurtful. I have co-parented in peace and compliance with the law for over two years now."

The Dancing With the Stars competitor went on to elaborate on the relationship he's had with Hardy—who, his rep tells us, he hasn't seen physically in almost six months and only contacts through emails—thus far and why he felt it took a turn for the worse.

"In the summer of 2010, my 11 month old daughter was taken to Seattle, Washington for what was supposed to have been a planned vacation and as Ms. Hardy declared herself in her recent exclusive interview, she told me emphatically, 'I'm done.'  Our relationship came to an end. 

"Ms. Hardy has lived in the greater Los Angeles area for over eight years. My daughter was born in California and, thanks to our judicial process, my daughter remains a California resident. Up until now, we have had a workable joint custody arrangement.

"As much as I would love to go detail for detail refuting Ms. Hardy's claims about the specifics of what was our relationship, the family court judge made it very clear to me any public discussion of our case and ordeal would be held against me in a court of law. Ms. Hardy's attempts at greater sums of money above and beyond child support have continued now for two years. And I guess my most recent successes have been too much for her to stomach. I'm assuming I have not received her votes these past Monday nights.  

"My only hope is that when my daughter Googles her parents one day in her future, she sees that her father acted with class and dignity when pressed to the fire. Bridget Hardy is the mother of my only daughter in this world and without Ms. Hardy I would not have the treasure that is my daughter. God knows the truth, the authorities swift dismissal of her police report are 2 years in my past.  I ask for your sensitivity during this time, I can assure all of my fans this is only residue from a child custody matter."