Jaleel White won the hearts of America in his geeky neighbor role as Steve Urkel in the ’90s sitcom Family Matters and is now charming audiences and judges alike on this season’s Dancing with the Stars. However, his ex-girlfriend Bridget Hardy, who is also the mother of his 2-year-old daughter Samaya, is casting an unfavorable light on the star, claiming he’s an abusive cheater.
According to Radaronline.com, Hardy revealed: “He blew up.” She went on to describe a fight the couple had a couple years ago after she confronted Jaleel about evidence of cheating she found on his phone.
“He hit me across the chest area,” she added.
Bridget claimed Jaleel followed her into the bathroom. “He pushed me into the toilet, and it broke. Water went everywhere, through the walls and even to the kitchen downstairs,” she said.
Jaleel, 35, denied any wrongdoing and has never been charged.
Bridget claimed that this wasn’t the first time Jaleel lashed out. “Verbally and emotionally, he’s abusive. He told me I’m not working; I have no money; I’m white trash. None of it was true,” she said.
According to another Radaronline.com report, Bridget claims that when she became pregnant, he tried to keep it a secret to preserve his ‘playboy image.’
Jaleel allegedly tried to pay her off after the birth of their daughter because their relationship was so rocky. “He texted me and offered me $200,000 to leave our daughter with him and have me go and start my own family,” Bridget told Star.
Bridget revealed that she planned a trip to Seattle with her daughter and when she returned, she was locked out of their house. Her belongings were in storage.
Regardless, Bridget believes Jaleel is a good father. “He loves her [Samaya] to death and is a good financial provider,” she said.
Bridget went on to mention red flags in the couple’s relationship, which lasted for about three years. She said warning signs included photos of naked women that were found on Jaleel’s phone.
These claims leave one to wonder, did he really do that?
In 2010, after some abuse allegations surfaced, Jaleel’s rep was quoted in TMZ by claiming: “This is just a ploy in an ongoing custody battle over their young daughter to tarnish his name.”
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