Wife of gang violence campaigner Tio Hardiman files for divorce

Tio HardimanThe wife of a high profile gang violence campaigner has filed for divorce.

Until earlier this month, Tio Hardiman was the director of Ceasefire Illinois, a campaign which works to prevent gang-related violence in Chicago . But he was arrested on May 31 and charged with domestic battery (violence) after his wife alleged he had hit and kicked her. Days later, he was dismissed from his post by the University of Illinois, which operates the Ceasefire initiative.

Alison Hardiman has now filed to end the marriage, citing irreconcilable differences, WLS Chicago reports. She has also applied for a temporary restraining order against her former husband.

Hardiman firmly denies the domestic violence allegations. He is due in court on July 2.

Speaking shortly after his dismissal, Hardiman insisted:

“…if you look at my track record from 1999 up until 2013, I have been an absolute peacemaker, and I didn’t just wake up all of a sudden on May 31st and say, ‘it’s time to commit an act of violence.”

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