I swear whenever you make a comeback, somebody always tries to break you back down. Jaleel White’s ex-girlfriend and mother of his 2-year-old daughter, Bridget Hardy, has come out with some pretty harsh allegations against the child actor that I find to be a little suspect. I’m not saying they’re not true because I’m still clinging to Jaleel’s image as Urkel on “Family Matters,” but for one, she gave her “exclusive” story to Star magazine of all publications, and two, why are you suddenly breaking this news now? Oh, I know, because he’s on “Dancing with the Stars.”
Bridget told Star Jaleel was abusive, saying once when she confronted him about evidence she found of him cheating on his phone, like naked pictures and suggestive texts, “He hit me across the chest area.” In another incident, the fight was much more intense.
“He pushed me into the toilet, and it broke,” she said. “Water went everywhere, through the walls and even to the kitchen downstairs.”
Jaleel has strongly denied any wrongdoing and he hasn’t been given any domestic abuse charges but that hasn’t stopped Bridget from making more allegations about his emotional abuse and his infidelity.
“He told me I’m not working; I have no money; I’m white trash. None of it was true,” she said, before claiming he tried to bribe her into getting out of his life so he could “maintain his playboy image.”
“He texted me and offered me $200,000 to leave our daughter with him and have me go and start my own family. He basically tried to pay me off. I went home screaming and said, ‘We’re done.’”
Jaleel apparently took her words literally because Bridget said when she returned home with her daughter from a planned trip to Seattle she was locked out of the house she shared with him and all her belongings were in storage.
As for the million dollar question of why she’s speaking up now, Bridget said this:
“I was always protecting him and keeping quiet for him. I know he felt bad.”
I can pretty much guarantee he feels worse now. Who do you think is telling the truth in this situation?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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