Chloe Dykstra Responds To New Max Landis Sexual Abuse Allegations

On Tuesday morning, The Daily Beast reported that eight women accused Hollywood filmmaker Max Landis of "emotional and sexual abuse." Hours later, Chloe Dykstra took to Twitter to reveal her prior knowledge of the filmmaker's behavior and to renounce Landis, a longtime friend, in support of his accusers.

The tweet comes one year after Dykstra revealed in a Medium post that she was allegedly abused by an ex-boyfriend, presumed to be Nerdist founder Chris Hardwick. She wrote on Tuesday that despite Landis supporting her "when so many left my side after I left Chris," she stands with his accusers.

"Max was always 'working on himself' and 'getting better', and boy, was he good at making it seem like he was. But I never saw that change. In fact, taking a step back, it seemed like he was consistently getting worse," said Dykstra. "I was wrong. [His accusers] were right."

Tuesday's report by The Daily Beast described Landis's despotic aura, spawned from his success as a young filmmaker in Hollywood and intensified by the sense of privilege he garnered as National Lampoon's Animal House filmmaker John Landis's son (or, perhaps, vice versa).

"Here's someone with a lot of resources and power and glamour, and he's surrounding himself with people, basically kids who just moved to L.A. from who knows where, who don't have a network. He swoops in, and like a predator, he knows how to hook a person," Samantha*, a former friend from college who also briefly dated Landis, told The Daily Beast.

Another ex-girlfriend, identified as Julie* in the article, described that "[Landis would] bring up his hand and fake that he was going to hit me, and laugh when I flinched. He'd constantly threaten to break up with me, speak about his 'prospects' to me and openly flirt in front of me. On multiple occasions he'd refer to me as his ex-girlfriend in front of girls at parties we'd go to together as a couple."

In her statement, Julie* went on to say that Landis would "openly critique" her physical appearance and "graphically describe sex with his ex-girlfriends" and compare their abilities with hers.

Like Dykstra, Julie* told The Daily Beast that she stayed friends with Landis for years, as subsequent girlfriends would report that he was getting better.

"Better with Kerry than he was with me, better with Ani than he was with Kerry. And then it became clear that he had continued to hurt women in the same way that he hurt me. He never got better; he only learned to say the right things," Julie* said.

The women interviewed for the article also cited Landis's apparent battle with cyclothymia, which is a form of bipolar disorder. One the accusers, Kerry*, said that his illness was "tied to the ways in which he was abusive."

In her statement, Kerry* wrote: "Once he choked me and told me he wanted to kill me. And I would wind up reassuring him that he wasn't a monster when he felt bad about it. Because I felt bad that he was so sick."

Dykstra said in her Twitter statement that Landis "was a deeply insecure individual" whom she ghosted "a long time ago, with one exception to do a suicide watch check and to check in on his then-girlfriend."

The suicide attempt Dykstra was referring to was not reported by The Daily Beast.

Read Dykstra's full statement here:

"I met Max ten years ago at a gas station with his girlfriend at the time and asked them if they were gamers. This became a running joke that he regularly used to make fun of me. I took it in stride. Just like I took all of the other disparaging jokes in stride. The ones that knock your self-confidence down a peg.

I still thought I was immune, as I'm sure most of us did. When he diagnosed me or gaslit me, I didn't let him get away with it. When he tried to turn me against other people, I took his stories with a grain of salt, as I know he was a deeply insecure individual. When he tried to force himself on me to make out with me or bent me over a couch I yelled at him and told him to 'knock it the fuck off.' I always told him his parties were dumb, and maybe he needed to focus on himself instead of acquiring admiration from random people. I thought his drug use was excessive and regularly told him so. Immune, right?

No. Because I knew things were happening with his girlfriends and other women that I couldn't justify. I didn't know the extent of it until this year. I ghosted him a long time ago, with one exception to do a suicide watch check and to check in on his then-girlfriend. I've seen a trail of destruction in his wake, and I didn't want to see her become a part of it.

Max was always 'working on himself' and 'getting better', and boy, was he good at making it seem like he was. But I never saw that change. In fact, taking a step back, it seemed like he was consistently getting worse.

For years, he would do wonderful things for me. He stood by me when so many left my side after I left Chris, people were spreading horrible untrue rumors despite me insisting that I'd been abused in the relationship and that Chris was blacklisting me. Max believed me. He protected me. That meant the world to me. And because of these things, I thought maybe the good outweighed the bad. ' You don't know him like I do,' I would say.

I was wrong. They were right. And to those people he tried to turn me against, I'm sorry. Fortunately, as I said, I took most of his stories with a grain of salt, but some of them got through. I've spoken to those women and apologized personally. But I'd also like to apologize to everyone for still being by his side after seeing him destroy friendships, relationships, and damage people I loved. We weren't close the past few years as I witnessed him getting worse, but I was still there for him when he hit rock bottom. I didn't know the depths of his abuse until this year. I'm fucking sickened, and I'm devastated for the survivors.

I stand with them always."

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Eight women claimed Max Landis manipulated his relationships so they would be brought into his friend group, dubbed the Colour Society. Once inside, they alleged he physically, sexually, emotionally and sometimes psychologically, abused them. Above, he is pictured at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. Getty Images/Sonia Recchia
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