From silver spoons to accusations of sexual assault. The stomach-churning allegations in opposition to disgraced actor Armie Hammer and his chilling household historical past are on the middle of a Discovery+ docuseries, which debuted Friday.
The three-part “Home of Hammer” options Hammer’s accusers, in addition to the sister of Hammer’s dad, businessman Michael Hammer, discussing an alleged historical past of abuse inside her household.
Casey Hammer, who self-published a tell-all e-book, “Surviving My Birthright,” in 2015, compares her household to the grasping, dysfunctional Roys on the middle of HBO’s “Succession” in a “Home of Hammer” trailer. “On the surface, we had been an ideal household,” she says, “however amplify ‘Succession’ one million occasions, and it was my household.”
Here is every part to learn about Hammer and his downfall.
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Who’s Armie Hammer?
The California native comes from a well-to-do household. Hammer, 36, is the great-grandson of Armand Hammer, for whom he’s named. Armie’s namesake amassed a $200 million fortune, in accordance with Forbes, together with his enterprise ventures and funding in Occidental Petroleum.
“My whole life had been this lengthy, pressured dialog concerning the household I represented,” Armie Hammer informed Leisure Weekly in 2012. “‘If you stroll out the door, you symbolize us. It’s a must to gown properly and ensure your hair is combed.”’
Hammer informed the journal his dad and mom “threatened to chop me off” when he divulged plans to drop out of his Los Angeles highschool to be an actor, however claimed he was “not supported by (household cash) in any approach.” He insisted he and then-wife Elizabeth Chambers, founding father of Chicken Bakery, supported their household on their very own.
Hammer and Chambers, 40, break up in 2020 after 10 years of marriage. They’re dad and mom to daughter Harper, 7, and son Ford, 5.
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What’s Armie Hammer well-known for?
After touchdown small components in TV collection like ABC’s “Determined Housewives” and CW’s “Gossip Lady,” Hammer’s breakthrough function got here within the 2010’s “The Social Community.” He performed the twin roles of Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, twins who accused Fb co-founder Mark Zuckerberg of stealing their concept for the platform.
Hammer continued to work steadily, arguably gaining probably the most notoriety for 2017’s “Name Me By Your Identify,” an Oscar-nominated movie depicting the romance between Hammer’s Oliver and 17-year-old Elio (Timothée Chalamet).
Hammer final acted within the movie adaptation of Agatha Christie’s “Demise on the Nile,” launched in February. A yr prior, Hammer was dropped by his company, William Morris Endeavor, following the allegations. Hammer additionally exited the Jennifer Lopez movie “Shotgun Wedding ceremony,” “Billion Greenback Spy” and the Paramount+ collection “The Supply,” concerning the making of “The Godfather,” within the wake of the controversy.
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What’s Armie Hammer accused of?
Courtney Vucekovich, who says she dated Hammer for a number of months in 2020, revealed her courting historical past with the actor in a January 2021 interview with the New York Submit’s Web page Six.
All through their relationship, Vucekovich (who’s featured in “Home of Hammer”) claimed that Hammer manipulated and abused her: “He form of captivates you and whereas being charming he’s grooming you for these items which might be darker and heavier and consuming. After I say consuming, I imply mentally, bodily, emotionally, financially, simply every part.”
After the pair broke up, Vucekovich says she entered a 30-day partial hospitalization program geared towards these affected by PTSD and trauma.
Paige Lorenze spoke to Web page Six that very same month about her allegedly abusive relationship with Hammer. She mentioned she and Hammer dated for 4 months in 2020 and that she’s in search of remedy as she processes the psychological results of their relationship.
“There have been purple flags all through the connection,” she mentioned. “I suppose I simply put them to the aspect and he made me really feel so assured at occasions.”
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In March 2021, one other girl, recognized solely as Effie, got here ahead, accompanied by her lawyer Gloria Allred, to accuse the film star of raping and beating her over a four-hour interval in Los Angeles in April 2017. Native police mentioned they had been investigating the allegation.
“He abused me mentally, emotionally and sexually,” Effie mentioned, weeping as she appeared at a information convention with Allred.
In the course of the alleged assault, Effie mentioned Hammer “repeatedly slammed my head in opposition to a wall, bruising my face. He additionally dedicated different acts of violence in opposition to me to which I didn’t consent.”
Hammer, who strongly denied all accounts of his alleged crimes and unconventional sexual practices, responded by means of his lawyer, Andrew Brettler, who issued an announcement on the time saying Effie despatched Hammer texts that refute her “outrageous allegations.”
“As lately as July 18, 2020, (Effie) despatched graphic texts to Mr. Hammer telling him what she needed him to do to her,” Brettler’s assertion mentioned. “Mr. Hammer responded making it clear that he didn’t wish to keep that kind of relationship together with her.”
LAPD Officer Rosario Cervantes informed USA TODAY in an e-mail on Aug. 28 that “the case involving Armie Hammer is nonetheless ongoing and has not but been introduced to the district lawyer.”
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Why did not Effie seem within the ‘Home of Hammer’ docuseries?
Effie is in opposition to the “Home of Hammer” docuseries, claiming the collection continues to “exploit” her trauma.
“This can be very inappropriate of you to use such a tragic, susceptible time in many individuals’s lives, with no regard in any way for our therapeutic course of and privateness,” she informed the Los Angeles Occasions in an announcement. “The way in which they’ve been exploiting my trauma is disgusting. After I hold screaming ‘no’ and so they hold going, saying they don’t want my permission, they remind me of Armie.”
Effie’s lawyer Allred did take part in an interview with the manufacturing with out informing her, Effie alleged. Allred wouldn’t verify the validity of the declare to the LA Occasions, however provided: “Statements that I’ve made on behalf of purchasers have been made as a result of the statements had been in step with our illustration, had been licensed both explicitly or implicitly, and had been made as a result of I believed that the statements had been within the consumer’s greatest pursuits.”
“Home of Hammer” filmmaker Julian Hobbs informed the outlet they selected to go ahead with the undertaking with out Effie as a result of they did not wish to “become involved in one thing that the LAPD continues to be investigating.”
As for nonetheless together with her story, Hobbs mentioned, “We really feel we even have an obligation to inform the tales. For those who had been to cease making movies as a result of somebody mentioned they didn’t desire a movie being made, you’d by no means make a movie.”
USA TODAY has reached out to Allred for remark.
Is Armie Hammer a cannibal?
Hammer’s accusers say he talked about devouring their physique components.
“He mentioned to me he needs to interrupt my rib and barbecue and eat it,” Vucekovich informed Web page Six. “He says, ‘I wish to take a chew out of you.’ If I had somewhat lower on my hand, he’d, like, suck it or lick it. That’s about as bizarre as we received.”
In an interview with Self-importance Honest as a part of a March 2021 deep dive into Hammer and his household tree, Lorenze mentioned “he would say issues to me…bizarre stuff…like, ‘I wish to eat your ribs.'”
“The scariest a part of it’s that I did love him in a approach,” she added. “I might’ve let him form of do something. He had a sure maintain over me.”
Contributing: Naledi Ushe, Maria Puente, David Oliver and Charles Trepany
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