One-time film star Armie Hammer has given his first interview since retreating from public eye after being accused of sexual abuse in 2021. Talking with Air Mail, Hammer denied probably the most heinous allegations levied towards him, however admitted to being emotionally abusive — and stated his habits stems from abuse he’s skilled himself.
Hammer was initially accused of getting cannibalistic fetishes and interesting in nonconsensual acts of intense BDSM. Within the new interview, nonetheless, he claimed all of his sexual encounters have been consensual and have been deliberate beforehand. “Each single factor was mentioned beforehand,” he stated. “I’ve by no means thrust this on somebody unexpectedly. By no means.”
To that finish, Hammer additionally denied probably the most severe allegation towards him: A lady named Effie — who is alleged to be the girl behind an Instagram account which first surfaced claims of Hammer’s historical past of sexual domination — later accused the actor of violently raping her for hours. Talking with Air Mail, Hammer stated the alleged incident was a “consensual non-consent scene” of which Effie deliberate “the entire particulars.” In response to Hammer, the occasion was deliberate over Fb Messenger, however he deleted the messages that may corroborate his account.
Nonetheless, Hammer admitted to being emotionally abusive to the ladies he had extramarital affairs with, conceding that there was an imbalanced energy dynamic between them. “I might have these youthful ladies of their mid-20s, and I’m in my 30s. I used to be a profitable actor on the time. They might have been pleased to only be with me and would have stated sure to issues that perhaps they wouldn’t have stated sure to on their very own,” he stated. “That’s an imbalance of energy within the state of affairs.”
Hammer additionally alleged that he was sexually abused by a youth pastor when he was 13 years outdated, and proposed that the expertise led to his curiosity in BDSM. “What that did for me was it launched sexuality into my life in a means that it was fully out of my management,” he stated. “I used to be powerless within the state of affairs. I had no company within the state of affairs. My pursuits then went to: I need to have management within the state of affairs, sexually.” The actor allegedly confided in two folks concerning the abuse, and one in every of them corroborated his account to Air Mail.
Shortly after the allegations towards Hammer got here to gentle, he contemplated suicide. He was staying within the Cayman Islands — the place he was later discovered promoting timeshares at an area lodge — and tried to die at sea. “I simply walked out into the ocean and swam out so far as I may and hoped that both I drowned, or was hit by a ship, or eaten by a shark,” he stated. “Then I spotted that my youngsters have been nonetheless on shore, and that I couldn’t do this to my youngsters.”
As a substitute, he went to rehab and, after specializing in his personal restoration, now plans to work as a sober companion for a fellow recovering addict. “I’m going to maneuver in with him and dwell with him, get him on a wholesome routine, get him into schedule of [recovery] conferences, take him to the gymnasium, cook dinner wholesome meals for him,” Hammer stated. “It seems like my restoration has taken a flip from me being the one who wants assist staying sober, to me with the ability to assist others.”
The actor additionally confirmed stories that Robert Downey Jr. — who was arrested a number of occasions on drug-related prices earlier than his Marvel profession spurred a second act — financed his keep in rehab, which prompted Hammer to chime in on the state of rehabilitation within the period of “cancel tradition.”
“There are examples all over the place, Robert [Downey Jr.] being one in every of them, of people that went by way of these issues and located redemption by way of a brand new path. And that, I really feel like, is what’s lacking on this cancel-culture, woke-mob enterprise,” Hammer stated. “The minute anybody does something flawed, they’re thrown away. There’s no probability for rehabilitation.”
Final summer season, Discovery+ premiered Home of Hammer, a documentary detailing each the allegations towards Hammer and the life-style of his obscenely rich household.