Amie Harwick's Ex Pleads Not Guilty to Murdering Sex Therapist Once Engaged to Drew Carey

His attorney did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

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Harwick dated Pursehouse a decade ago but he allegedly remained obsessed with her, court documents show. When Harwick ended the relationship, Pursehouse allegedly began stalking and harassing her, prompting her to file two restraining orders against him.

She went on to become a licensed marriage and family therapist with a thriving practice in West Hollywood. Author of the 2014 book The Sex Bible for Women, Harwick was also an advocate for domestic violence victims.

Singer and actor Donovan Leitch, who met Harwick through their mutual friend, former Red Hot Chili Peppers member Dave Navarro, tells PEOPLE, “not only was she absolutely beautiful but also so smart and funny and a natural people person.”

If you are experiencing domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or go to All calls are toll-free and confidential. The hotline is available 24/7 in more than 170 languages.

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