NEW YORK (TheWrap.com) - "Dancing With the Stars" contestant and former "Family Matters" star Jaleel White says an ex's allegations of abuse "suspiciously" coincide with his recent success.
Bridget Hardy, the mother of White's daughter, said that in 2010 the former Steve Urkel struck her across the chest and pushed her into a toilet, breaking it. She previously made the allegations in a custody dispute over the girl, but White was never questioned and no charges were filed.
"When you're doing well in life, it's par for the course certain individuals will try and knock you down," White said in a statement to People magazine. "When the individual is also the mother of your only child it is particularly hurtful."
The 35-year-old White, who also hosts the new SyFy show "Total Blackout," said he has been paying child support and that a judge would not allow him to respond specifically to Hardy's allegations.
"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,'" he said. "Bridget Hardy has consistently shown a knack for timing throughout our child custody disputes."
"I guess my most recent successes have been too much for her to stomach," he added. "I'm assuming I have not received her votes these past Monday nights."