Armie Hammer is under investigation for sexual assault, confirms LA Police; actor's attorney denies allegation

The complainant claims that in 2017, Armie Hammer raped her for four hours, slammed her head against a wall and committed other violent acts against her

The Associated Press March 19, 2021 09:59:51 IST
Armie Hammer is under investigation for sexual assault, confirms LA Police; actor's attorney denies allegation

Actor Armie Hammer is under investigation for sexual assault, Los Angeles police said Thursday.

Hammer’s attorney denied the allegation.

Hammer is the main suspect in a sexual assault that was reported to police on 3 February, LAPD spokesman Officer Drake Madison said. Police would give no further details on the incident or who made the report.

Earlier Thursday at a video news conference, a woman said that on 24 April, 2017, in Los Angeles, Hammer raped her for four hours, slammed her head against a wall and committed other violent acts against her.

The Associated Press does not generally identify alleged victims of sexual assault.

The woman appeared on camera but identified herself only by her first name.

“During those four hours I tried to get away but he wouldn’t let me,” she said through tears. “I thought that he was going to kill me. He then left with no concern for my well-being.”

The woman’s attorney, Gloria Allred, said they had given evidence to Los Angeles police, including photos of the complainant’s injuries. Allred declined to say when they made the report, and would not confirm that it was the one made in February that the LAPD is investigating.

The complainant was 20 when she and Hammer met on Facebook and began a relationship in 2016, and they had their last contact last year, Allred said.

Hammer’s attorney said in a statement that from the beginning he has maintained that all of his interactions with the complainant and every other sexual partner “have been completely consensual, discussed and agreed upon in advance, and mutually participatory.”

The statement called her allegations “attention-seeking and ill-advised” and said “her own correspondence with Mr Hammer undermines and refutes her outrageous allegations.”

“With the truth on his side, Mr Hammer welcomes the opportunity to set the record straight,” Andrew Brettler said.

The statement included a screenshot that Brettler said was a text message exchange in July of last year between Hammer and the complainant, in which she expresses a desire for rough, forceful sex with him, and he responds by saying he no longer wants a relationship with her.

The 34-year-old actor was married at the time to television personality Elizabeth Chambers. They divorced last year.

Hammer first gained fame through playing twins in 2010’s The Social Network, and is best known for his starring roles in 2017’s Call Me By Your Name and 2013’s The Lone Ranger.

Most recently, Hammer starred in the Netflix remake of Rebecca. A sequel to Call Me by Your Name with Timothée Chalamet has also been in development.

Allegations of sexual violence in recent months have derailed Hammer’s career.

Earlier this year, an Instagram account began posting screenshots of text messages allegedly from Hammer as far back as 2016. Allred would not comment on whether her client was behind that account, @houseofeffie. When those text messages began appearing in media reports, Hammer called them “vicious and spurious online attacks against me.”

After those texts were published, Hammer departed the comedy Shotgun Wedding, in which he was to star alongside Jennifer Lopez, shortly before production was to begin. He soon after departed the Paramount+ series The Offer, about the making of The Godfather.

Hammer was also dropped by his agency, WME.

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