Amie Harwick, slain Hollywood sex therapist, feared leaving her ‘possessive’ ex before horrifying death

Amie Harwick, slain Hollywood sex therapist, feared leaving her 'possessive' ex before horrifying death
Amie Harwick, slain Hollywood sex therapist, feared leaving her 'possessive' ex before horrifying death

Amie Harwick, slain Hollywood sex therapist, feared leaving her ‘possessive’ ex before horrifying death

Three years ago, a prominent family member and sex therapist Dr. Amie Harwick was found living in the balcony of her bedroom in the Hollywood Hills apartment. It was a few hours following Valentine’s Day and police received an account of an individual screaming. The 38-year-oldwoman, who was the ex-fiancee of the comedian Drew Carey, was transported to a hospital in which she passed away from the injuries she sustained.

Harwick’s murder is being examined in the first show of Investigative Discovery’s (ID) new docuseries on true crime “Death by Fame.” The show will explore the dark side of fame and the way it affected those who were on the rising. The show will feature new interviews with detectives, their loved ones , and those connected to the crimes being discussed.

“I originally wasn’t planning on speaking out, but there were so many things Amie was about,” Harwick’s friend Maricela “Marcy” Mendoza, who was seated down to watch the show she told Fox News Digital.

Amie Harwick, slain Hollywood sex therapist, feared leaving her 'possessive' ex before horrifying death
Amie Harwick, slain Hollywood sex therapist, feared leaving her ‘possessive’ ex before horrifying death

The case of Dr. Amie Harwick is being featured in the premiere episode of Investigation Discovery’s “Death by Fame.” (Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)

“And one of the different causes she was advocating for was changing stalking laws,” Mendoza revealed. “We had discussed her going to the police and they told her they couldn’t do anything because he hadn’t done anything yet… We wanted to be vigilant about what was going on. But that wasn’t enough to stop what happened.

Mendoza Harwick and Mendoza Harwick initially met the early 2000 in an recording studio. They later met again at a fashion show , and their friendship quickly grew.

“She was very bubbly and vibrant,” Mendoza remembered. “She just wanted to get to know me. She was always so talkative. Sometimes you couldn’t get a word in, but in that process, she got a lot out of you. She would ask questions that other people wouldn’t ask. And I think that’s what really connected us, that spark in her, that fire in her. She wanted to get to know me. I wanted to get to know her. And then a friendship was born.”

Marcy Mendoza (left) opened up about her friendship with Amie Harwick as well as the way her final days were. (Courtesy of Marcy Mendoza)

The Pennsylvania native relocated into Los Angeles in 2001. She was the head of an active business at West Hollywood and wrote the book “The New Sex Bible for Women.”

Before achieving success, Harwick dated Gareth Pursehouse in the decade of 2010 for just two months. He was a software engineer as well as an aspirant comedian who also had a side job as photographer. Mendoza said Pursehouse caused Harwick’s close friends and even her uncertain. Mendoza pointed out that Harwick admitted to her that she was worried about her when the relationship began to deteriorate. placeholder

“When they were together, he was very possessive,” she admitted. “He was the type of person who would tell you things to bring you down to make you feel less of yourself. He would joke about you or your appearance and then say, ‘I’m just joking.’ But he would say it in a very vindictive and malicious way. Amie was scared of leaving him.”

Marcy Mendoza (right) stated that she was worried about Amie Harwick’s relationships to Gareth Pursehouse, which proved to be turbulent. (Courtesy of Marcy Mendoza)

“I met Gareth around the time they started dating,” Mendoza continued. “There were points in time when I just didn’t want to hang out if she brought him along just because I didn’t get a good feeling about him. I just felt like he was very possessive of her – too possessive. We would go out, just the three of us – my boyfriend was always working. I was like the third wheel in this relationship. And he would just start making out with her, like full tongue.”

“If there was a guy around who would be looking at her, [Gareth] would then pull her in. It always made me feel uncomfortable. It just gave me a bad feeling. He was always making fun of her, whatever her hang-up was about her looks that week. He would try to isolate her from her friends… She lost a lot of friends during that time. That was one of the main reasons why she ended up breaking up with him.”

“We had all told her to break up with him,” Mendoza said.

Amie Harwick left, who obtained a restraining orders against Gareth Pursehouse twice. (Courtesy of Marcy Mendoza)

Pursehouse was described as abusive and domineering in two restraining orders Harwick applied for against him in the year 2011 and in 2012.

“He has told me he hit me ‘because I made him so mad,'” she stated in her restraining application, which was quoted from The Los Angeles Times. “He refused to get help while in [the] relationship.”

One year after their split, Harwick told a judge in 2012 that Pursehouse continued to harass her, according to the outlet. The outlet also reported that a judge banned Pursehouse from having contact with her until the year 2015.

To her friends she’d occasionally mention Pursehouse in conversations in conversation as “my stalker,” Rolling Stone said. According to the publication it was The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office stated that although she had mostly forgotten about Pursehouse however, he was not lost track of her.

Amie Harwick made a leap forward and became a well-known Therapist in Hollywood. (Courtesy of Marcy Mendoza)

“In her life after Gareth, a lot of her new friends knew she had the crazy ex-boyfriend, but they really didn’t know the history of that, the restraining orders that she had put out,” Mendoza told her friends.

In the meantime, Harwick attempted to move forward. She was introduced to Carey at an Hollywood nightclub and they were able to develop a romantic relationship. She was a guest during the Valentine’s Day edition of “The Price is Right” when the show’s host revealed her as his fiancée to a large audience. But the couple broke up in a peaceful manner a few months after they announced their engagement.

Carey aged 64 said on “48 Hours” in 2022 that the pressures of Hollywood caused their breakup. Carey also believed that Pursehouse was getting triggered each whenever there was a story regarding their relationship. Carey explained how Harwick would inform the journalist that someone had been trying to undermine her online reputation. Carey believed Pursehouse might be in pursuit of her.

In January of 2020, Harwick attended the Xbiz Awards at the JW Marriott hotel. Harwick was unaware that Pursehouse was also there as photographer. Pursehouse had not seen his ex for eight years, was angry and tearful when she saw her The Los Angeles Times reported. A friend of Harwick said in People magazine that Harwick went into “therapist mode” and “de-escalated” the situation. Another friend said Pursehouse reached out to Harwick after the show.

“I just urged her to please go to the police,” Mendoza said. “The way he was behaving, he just seemed so unhinged. He was still living in the past… I felt like he was in some sort of delusional state. She went to the police and they couldn’t do anything… so we decided we were going to stay vigilant.”

“Amie and I had a love that people are lucky to have once in a lifetime,” Carey said in a letter by Fox News Digital at the time. “She was a positive force in the world, a tireless and unapologetic champion for women, and passionate about her work as a therapist. I am overcome with grief. I would like to thank you in advance for giving myself and everyone who loved Amie privacy while we try to work through this tragic situation.”

“Amie and I had a love that people are lucky to have once in a lifetime,” said Drew Carey in a statement that was sent by Fox News Digital following Harwick’s passing away. (Michael Bezjian/WireImage)

Pursehouse was charged with murder and the first degree of residential burglary, with the unique situation of being in a waiting room according to the prosecution. The suspect was arrested immediately following Harwick’s demise and released an $2.5 million bond. He was arrested again with a warrant for no-bail.

“When he was arrested, I was very relieved,” Mendoza. Mendoza. “But then when he was let go, I panicked. I would be up all night sitting by the door… I was worried and scared… I just thought he would come after me… The reason why I’m even speaking out now is that [a mutual friend] told me it would be healing for me.”

Investigators discovered that Harwick’s restraint order had run out. It was reported that Harwick’s order expired. Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office stated that Harwick was believed to have been strangled prior to when she was thrown off of her balcony. Harwick’s death was classified as an homicide, caused by the force of a blunt. The coroner’s spokeswoman stated the fact that her death took place following the “altercation.” Police discovered evidence of a fight and forced entry into the residence.

Marcy Mendoza (right) hopes Amie Harwick’s passing will in changing the law on stalking. (Courtesy of Marcy Mendoza)

Mendoza stated that she was in the same makeup artist who made Harwick in preparation for the funeral.

“I was able to see the bruising,” she stated while fighting tears. “I couldn’t take that image off my mind.” …. It’s hard to recall we were in the studio playing Depeche Mode because that was her favourite group. As a reference photo for her hair I came across this amazing photo. The caption read: ‘I’ll become the own individual Jesus. Then “Personal Jesus’ just started playing. I just began to cry… In the end she looked like a gorgeous, sleepy Snow White.”

In April of 2020, Pursehouse pleaded not guilty to killing his former girlfriend. His lawyer for defense claimed that no evidence gathered proves that he committed murder. Records show that the now 41-year-old is in the Los Angeles County Jail. According to the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office hasn’t responded on Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

Mendoza claimed that Harwick’s trial proves that there shouldn’t be a limitation on the restraining order. She said offenders must also be closely monitored.

“There was so much more Amie could have done in her life,” Mendoza said. Mendoza. “It’s ironic. She was obsessed with horror movies… It’s been lonely without her. But I hope more women can be saved through her death.”


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