Armie Hammer has denied any wrongdoing in his first interview since allegations of sexual assault and misconduct surfaced in 2021.
The “Call Me By Your Name” star sat down with Graydon Carter’s Airmail’s James Kirchick this week. He directly addressed the allegations made by multiple women and recounted a traumatic childhood encounter with his youth pastor.
Hammer left the spotlight in early 2021 when alleged Instagram posts were leaked online that revealed his alleged rape and cannibalism fetishes. In March, a woman identified only as Effie claimed he “brutally” raped her over four hours in Los Angeles in 2017.
“This alleged rape was a scene that was her idea,” Hammer told Air Mail.
“She plans every detail, right down to which Starbucks I’m going to see her at, how I’m going to follow her home, how her front door is going to be open and unlocked and I’m going to walk in, and we’re going to engage in what’s called a ‘non-consensual scene, CNC,” he continued.
“Every single thing was discussed beforehand,” Hammer added. “I’ve never forced this on someone out of the blue.”
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.
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 stalking” Hammer, who “kept saying he was married and not can do that,” before backing off.
Chambers allegedly asked three psychologists to evaluate Hammer when she learned of the affair. In the report, obtained by Air Mail, she claims that Hammer was “cutting girls as young as 15” and that “the FBI is involved.”
“Some of Mr. Hammer’s attitudes and behavior regarding sex may be compulsive, but not out of control,” the evaluators concluded, adding that “concerns about Mr. Hammer being a sexual abuser are unfounded “.
Hammer also revealed in the interview a traumatic experience from his childhood that he says influenced his views on sex as an adult.
He told the publication that his BDSM fetish was fueled by being sexually abused by a youth pastor when he was 13 years old. He said it “introduced sexuality into my life in a way that was completely out of my control” and had more lasting effects.
“I was powerless in this situation,” he told Air Mail. “I had no agency in this situation. My sexuality was presented in a scary way where I had no control. Then my interests shifted to: I want to control the situation, sexually.
Kirchick reportedly corroborated Hammer’s account by asking his godmother, Candace Garvey, if he had told her about it at the time.
As for two of his other accusers, Courtney Vucekovich and Paige Lorenz, Hammer told Air Mail that he should have been aware of the “power dynamics” because they “would say yes to things that maybe they wouldn’t say yes he’s not famous.
In the article, the actor also claimed he tried to take his own life while in quarantine in the Cayman Islands in February 2021. He said he entered the ocean hoping to “drown or get hit from a boat, or eaten by a shark’. before remembering her children and swimming to shore.
Hammer blamed “cancellation culture” and the “woke crowd business” for the backlash against him. He said Robert Downey Jr., who was once in and out of prison for drug-related crimes, was allowed to redeem himself, but now those opportunities are lacking.
“There is no chance of rehabilitation,” Hammer told the publication.
“I’m here to own up to my mistakes, to take responsibility for the fact that I was an ass, that I was selfish, that I used people to make myself feel better, and when I was done, I moved on,” Hammer continued. “I’m a healthier, happier, more balanced person now.”
Hammer, who has since become a sober companion to a recovering addict, said he is “really grateful” for his own sobriety and “isn’t going to go back and undo 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.
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