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Disgraced actor Armie Hammer has defended himself against damning allegations of sexual assault made against him in 2021.
Hammer, who has given his first interview since the scandal broke, told Air Mail while he denies being sexually abusive and committing criminal acts, he admits he was “one million percent” emotionally abusive to younger women, and hopes he can come back from being “cancelled”.
“I’m here to own my mistakes, take accountability for the fact that I was an a–hole, that I was selfish, that I used people to make me feel better, and when I was done, moved on…,” he told the publication.
“I’m now a healthier, happier, more balanced person. I’m able to be there for my kids in a way I never was… I’m truly grateful for my life and my recovery and everything. I would not go back and undo everything that’s happened to me.”
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Armie Hammer was first “cancelled” when in 2021, an anonymous Instagram account, titled “House of Effie”, posted screenshots with messages allegedly between Hammer and multiple woman dating from 2016 to 2020, with the actor in many places sharing his affinity for BDSM and alleged “cannibalistic” tendencies.
Following the leak of the text messages, Hammer’s former partners Paige Lorenze and Courtney Vucekovich also spoke out, with Lorenze telling Page Six the Call Me By Your Name actor had carved the letter ‘A’ into her pelvis to brand her, then sucking the blood that oozed out, also adding he would allegedly repeatedly speak of “consuming” her.
Hammer denied the claims at the time, pulling out of his ongoing projects.
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A few months later, in March of 2021, a 26 year-old woman named Effie, who says she was in a relationship with Hammer, accused him of having “violently raped” her, stating in a press conference, “On April 24, 2017, Armie Hammer violently raped me for over four hours in Los Angeles. During which he repeatedly slapped my head against a wall bruising my face. He also committed other acts of violence against me to which I did not consent.”
Hammer has repeatedly denied all allegations, maintaining that any and all interactions with his sexual partners were consensual and mutually participatory.
In his interview, he now claims the acts were a part of a “consensual non-consent scene” that was planned meticulously by the both of them.
“This alleged rape was a scene that was her idea,” he said, “She planned all of the details out. Every single thing was discussed beforehand. I have never thrust this on someone unexpectedly. Never.”
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Hammer also shared he believed his sexual interests stem from an incident at 13 years old, when he was allegedly sexually abused by a youth pastor.
“What that did for me was it introduced sexuality into my life in a way that it was completely out of my control,” Hammer stated, “I was powerless in the situation. I had no agency in the situation. Sexuality was introduced to me in a scary way where I had no control. My interests then went to: I want to have control in the situation, sexually.”
He shared the controversy led him to contemplate taking his own life when he was living in the Cayman Islands to be out of the spotlight.
“Then I realised… that I couldn’t do that to my kids,” he said.
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He adds that he hopes to come back from his “cancellation”, with a goal to help rehabilitate a recovering addict, working as a sober companion.
“There are examples everywhere, of people who went through those things and found redemption through a new path,” the 36-year-old said.
“And that, I feel like, is what’s missing in this cancel-culture, woke-mob business. The minute anyone does anything wrong, they’re thrown away. There’s no chance for rehabilitation.”
Support is available from the National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service at 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732).
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