Armie Hammer says he was sexually abused at 13 in new interview

Armie Hammer denies any foul play in his first interview since the sexual abuse and misconduct allegations against him emerged in 2021.

The ‘Call Me By Your Name’ star spoke to James Kirchick of Graydon Carter’s Air Mail this week. He directly addressed the accusations made by several women and opened up about a traumatic childhood encounter with his youth pastor.

Hammer stepped out of the spotlight in early 2021 when alleged Instagram posts leaked online revealing his alleged rape and cannibalism fetishes. In March, a woman then identified as Effie claimed to have “violently” raped her for four hours in Los Angeles in 2017.

“This alleged rape was a scene that was his idea,” Hammer told Air Mail.

“She planned out all the details, right down to where I would see her at Starbucks, how I would follow her home, how her front door would be opened and unlocked and I would walk in, and we would engage in what’s called a ” scene of consensual non-consent,” CNC,” he continued.

“Everything has been discussed beforehand,” Hammer added. “I’ve never forced this on someone unexpectedly.”

Effie, who has since been identified as Efrosina Angelova, eventually ended her relationship with her lawyer and did not press charges. Hammer left “Shotgun Wedding” and was replaced by Josh Duhamel as Jennifer Lopez’s on-screen love interest.

Hammer denied the rape allegations but apologized for being “an asshole”.

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Kirchick reportedly obtained direct messages from 2017 between Angelova and Hammer’s ex-wife, Elizabeth Chambers, and said Angelova told Chambers she was “pretty much chasing” Hammer, who “kept say he was married and couldn’t do that” before giving in.

Chambers reportedly had three psychologists assess Hammer when she learned of the affair. In the report obtained by Air Mail, she claimed that Hammer was ‘treating girls as young as 15’ and that ‘the FBI is involved’.

“Some of Mr. Hammer’s attitudes and behaviors toward sex may be compulsive, but not uncontrollable,” the reviewers reportedly concluded, adding that “concerns that Mr. Hammer is a perpetrator of sexual violence are unfounded”.

Hammer also revealed in the interview a traumatic childhood experience that he says impacted his outlook on sex as an adult.

He told the outlet that his BDSM fetish was boosted by sexual assaults by a young pastor when he was 13. He said it “introduced sexuality into my life in a way that was completely out of my control” and had more permanent effects.

“I was helpless over the situation,” he told Air Mail. “I had no agency in the situation. Sexuality was presented to me in a scary way where I had no control. My interests then went to: I want to be in control of the situation, sexually.

Kirchick reportedly corroborated Hammer’s account by asking his godmother, Candace Garvey, if he told her about it at the time.

Hammer and his ex-wife, Elizabeth Chambers, divorced in 2020 after 10 years of marriage.
Hammer and his ex-wife, Elizabeth Chambers, divorced in 2020 after 10 years of marriage.

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As for two of his other accusers, Courtney Vucekovich and Paige Lorenze, Hammer told the Air Mail he should have been aware of “power dynamics” because they “would have said yes to things they might not have said yes to.” not be said yes”. he is not famous.

In the article, the actor also claimed he attempted suicide while quarantined in the Cayman Islands in February 2021. He said he entered the ocean hoping he “would have drowned, or been hit by a boat, or eaten by a shark”. before remembering her children and swimming to shore.

Hammer blamed “cancellation culture” and the “woke mob business” for the backlash against him. He said Robert Downey Jr., who was once in prison for drug-related offenses, had been allowed to redeem himself – but those opportunities are now lacking.

“There’s no chance of rehabilitation,” Hammer told the outlet.

“I’m here to own up to my mistakes, to take responsibility for the fact that I was an asshole, that I was selfish, that I used people to make myself feel better, and when I was done, I moved on. something else,” Hammer continued. “I am now a healthier, happier and more balanced person.”

Hammer, who has since become a sober companion for a recovering drug addict, said he was “really grateful” for his own sobriety and “won’t go back and destroy everything that happened to me.” He and his wife filed for divorce in 2020 after 10 years of marriage.

Read the full interview on Air Mail.

Need help? Visit RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline or the National Sexual Violence Resource Center website.


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