Renowned Hollywood Hills sex and family therapist Amie Harwick was allegedly killed by an ex-boyfriend whom she feared enough to file a restraining order against.
Police were called to the home of Harwick, 38, early Saturday after someone called in a report of a “woman screaming,” according to a statement from the Los Angeles Police Department. Harwick was found on the “ground beneath a third story balcony” and was “gravely injured,” according to police. She was transferred to a hospital, where she later died from her injuries.
Her former boyfriend Gareth Pursehouse, 41, of Playa Del Rey, was arrested and charged with her murder. Police noted in their press release that Harwick “had recently expressed fear about a former boyfriend and had previously filed a restraining order against this person. The restraining order had expired and the victim had seen this former boyfriend two weeks ago.”
Harwick’s friend Rudy Torres claimed in an interview with local station KABC Pursehouse was “a stalker.”
“When they broke up, he didn’t take it well at all. He’d do stupid stuff and say stupid stuff,” Torres told the outlet. “You’d tell him, ‘Move on, dude, leave her alone.’ And he wouldn’t.”
Harwick first filed an order of protection against him back in 2011, the Daily Beast reported.
Drew Carey, who was previously engaged to Harwick in 2018, tweeted out a jovial video of the former pair, along with with sentiment, “I hope you’re lucky enough to have someone in your life that loves as much as she did.”
The game show “Price Is Right,” which Carey hosts, announced it was going on hiatus in light of Harwick’s death, according to The New York Daily News.
Harwick was not only a well-known sex and family therapist in West Hollywood who made regular appearances on podcasts, but she was also a former Playboy model. She worked with a nonprofit which “subsidizes mental health services to adult industry performers,” according to Harwick’s Facebook page. She attended an award ceremony to support them just last month.
She regularly posted messages of positivity and love on her Instagram. Just two days before her tragic death, she posted a now-chilling advice list entitled, "You Cannot Move On Until You Accept This.”
Crime Time is your destination for true crime stories from around the world, breaking crime news, and information about Oxygen's original true crime shows and documentaries. Sign up for our Crime Time Newsletter and subscribe to our true crime podcast Martinis & Murder for all the best true crime content.