Jaleel White On Ex's 'Hurtful' Abuse Allegations

by Krista Wick 3:40 PM PDT, March 29, 2012
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In the midst of a skyrocketing career comeback, Jaleel White has recently come face to face with allegations of past domestic abuse -- charges the Dancing with the Stars frontrunner firmly denies.

"When you're doing well in life, it's par for the course certain individuals will try and knock you down," said White addressing the allegations in a statement. "When the individual is also the mother of your only child it is particularly hurtful."

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Referring to claims he physically assaulted ex-girlfriend Bridget Hardy in 2010, White contests the claims he hit Hardy "across the chest" and "pushed 'her' into the toilet" are nothing but "malicious" and "hurtful" lies.

"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 told PEOPLE.

"I guess my most recent successes have been too much for her to stomach," he adds. "I'm assuming I have not received her votes these past Monday nights."

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Above all, White maintains his priority is and will always be the well-being of his two-year-old 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."