Armie Hammer has been accused of rape

Jennifer Savin
·2-min read
Photo credit: Jim Spellman - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jim Spellman - Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

Actor Armie Hammer has been accused of raping a 24-year-old woman, known only as 'Effie', in 2017. The allegations were made during a virtual press conference yesterday and Hammer's legal team, spearheaded by Andrew Brettler, quickly denied all claims, saying they were "outrageous" and adding that "[Her] attention-seeking and ill-advised legal bid will only make it more difficult for real victims of sexual violence to get the justice they deserve."

Hammer, 34, according to his legal team, also "welcomes the opportunity to set the record straight".

Effie spoke during the press conference alongside Gloria Allred, a well-known women's rights lawyer, known for taking on high-profile cases, including representing women who have accused Donald Trump of sexual misconduct – something the former President has denied. She said she first met Hammer on Facebook in 2016 and "fell in love instantly".

She continued on to say that Hammer manipulated her and would "test my devotion to him, finally removing and crossing my boundaries as he became increasingly more violent".

Effie said the rape took place 24 April 2017: "Armie Hammer raped me for over four hours in Los Angeles, during which he repeatedly slapped my head against a wall, bruising my face.

"During those four hours, I tried to get away and he wouldn't let me. I thought that he was going to kill me. He then left with no concern for my wellbeing. I was completely in shock and I couldn't believe that someone I loved did that to me."

Photo credit: Amy Sussman - Getty Images
Photo credit: Amy Sussman - Getty Images

In response to Effie's accusations, Hammer's legal team have shown the BBC a screenshot of text messages supposedly sent from Effie to Hammer, showing her putting forward suggestions of extreme sexual behaviour.

Brettler, representing Hammer, also said the acts were "completely consensual, discussed and agreed upon in advance, and mutually participatory" and that Hammer broke off his relationship with Effie.

Hammer and his wife of ten years, Elizabeth Chambers, announced their divorce last summer. Last month, Chambers shared a statement on Instagram saying that she supported "any victim of assault or abuse" after multiple women came forward and accused Hammer of pressuring them into engaging with his extreme sexual fantasies.

Screenshots allegedly showing Hammer, best known for his role in Call Me By Your Name, detailing desires of cannibalism were also shared online – he called them "bullshit claims" and described them as "vicious" and "spurious".

We have reached out to Hammer's legal team for comment.

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