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Jaleel White, the man we all probably know better as Steve Urkel in spite of his current gig on Dancing With The Stars, has recently been accused of the worst kind of behavior imaginable.

Bridget Hardy, White’s ex-girlfriend and the mother of his two-year-old daughter, told Star Magazine that White was regularly physically abusive during their relationship and was cheating on her literally from the moment she had their child. She recounts several incidents during which the former child star hit her across the chest, pushed her against a toilet so hard that the tank broke, and abused her verbally by threatening to kick her out of their shared home.

“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 told Star.

There was a formal investigation following a 2010 incident between the couple, but no charges were filed and White’s representatives denied all wrongdoing on his part, blaming Hardy’s accusations on an ongoing custody battle. Hardy also claims that White offered her $200,000 to leave their daughter behind and “start a new family” without him. She refused, and when she returned home from a trip to Seattle with her daughter in tow she discovered that he’d changed the locks and put all of her belongings in storage.

Although Bridget White says that she has never spoken about the abuse in the past because she knew Jaleel White “felt bad,” so she didn’t want to report it, you can already hear folks deciding that she’s only telling this story now — to Star Magazine of all places —  in anticipation of those Dancing With The Stars checks and associated shine.

What do you think?

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