White (35), who played the hugely popular Steve Urkel on Family Matters, has a 2-year-old daughter named Samaya with Bridget Hardy has never spoken out about their allegedly abusive relationship, until now, when she has given an exclusive interview with Star magazine.
Bridget told Star about one fight after she confronted Jaleel over evidence of cheating she says she found on his phone in May 25, 2010. He allegedly hit her in the chest.
Jaleel has vehemently denied that he beat the woman and has never been charged, but Bridget is spilling about what she claims are her ex’s violent tendencies, intense insecurities and abusive behavior.
On the day the fight got physical, Bridget claims 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 says.
And Bridget alleges that this wasn’t the only time that Jaleel got violent with her.
“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 says.
Things got so bad between the couple that she claims that the actor tried to pay her to leave.
“He texted me and offered me $200,000 to leave our daughter with him and have me go and start my own family,” she tells Star. “He basically tried to pay me off. I went home screaming and said, ‘We’re done.’”
Bridget says that after she took their daughter on a planned trip to Seattle she returned to find herself locked out of the house she shared with Jaleel and all her belongings in storage.
But even before this, she said she should have seen the red flags, such as naked photos of random women on Jaleel’s phone. She alleges he flirted in texts and even hooked up with girls in the home she and their daughter shared with Jaleel, just the week that the baby was born.
She says she kept quiet on Jaleel’s abuse of her until now because she wanted to protect him because she said he felt bad about it anyway.
What do you think? Has this changed your opinion of Jaleel White? Will you still be voting for him on Dancing With The Stars?