March 30, 2012 07:15 AM by Shayla Perry
Steve Urkel an abusive, cheating boyfriend? Not according to Jaleel White. Days after his ex-girlfriend, Bridget Hardy, came forward claiming that he was physically and verbally abusive to her during their relationship, the former Family Matters actor is speaking out, noting the timing of Hardy’s decision to release this so-called bombshell — coincidentally, during his stint on ABC‘s Dancing With The Stars — and assuring his fans that her allegations are “only the residue from a child custody matter.”
“When you’re doing well in life, it’s par for the course certain individuals will try and knock you down,” the former child star says in a statement. “When the individual is also the mother of your only child, it is particularly hurtful.”
White, 35, tells People that Hardy’s allegations originated from a “malicious police report” that was filed in connection to a custody battle of their then 11-month-old daughter.
Despite the claims Bridget made in the report that the Family Matters actor verbally and physically abused her, Jaleel was never questioned by police and no charges were ever filed.
“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,” White explains.
Although Jaleel says that “up until now we have had a workable joint custody arrangement,” and that he continues to pay child support for his daughter, he’s not exactly surprised by the timing of Hardy’s decision to rehash the past.
“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,” notes White, adding, “Bridget Hardy has consistently shown a knack for timing throughout our child custody disputes.”
“I guess my most recent successes have been too much for her to stomach,” he continues. “I’m assuming I have not received her votes these past Monday nights.”
While he’s hurt by Hardy’s actions, White says that his main concern is and always has been his daughter.
“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. … I ask for your sensitivity during this time, I can assure all of my fans this is only residue from a child custody matter.”
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