Armie Hammer under investigation by LAPD sex crime detectives
Los Angeles police are investigating Armie Hammer after a woman reported she was sexually assaulted by the actor.
On Feb. 3, sex crimes detectives in the LAPD’s West Bureau took a report from a woman who said she was attacked by Hammer, according to Norma Eisenman, a department spokeswoman.
Eisenman said she could not disclose further details about the report, but a source close to the investigation confirmed that it was filed by the same woman who alleged in a Wednesday news conference that she was “violently raped” by Hammer.
That woman, who was identified as Effie, appeared alongside her attorney, Gloria Allred, on a video call to claim that Hammer assaulted her for over four hours on April 24, 2017. During the attack, she said, he “repeatedly slammed” her head against the wall and beat her feet with a crop.
“I tried to get away, but he wouldn’t let me. I thought that he was going to kill me,” Effie, who is 24 and lives in Europe, said through tears. “He then left with no concern for my well-being. I was completely in shock and couldn’t believe someone I loved did that to me. I tried so hard to justify his actions, even to the point of responding to him in a way that did not reflect my true feelings.”
In her own remarks, Allred said that a woman has a right to withdraw consent “at any point,” even if she has agreed “to certain sexual activity.” “If she does withdraw her consent and asks her partner to stop for any reason, he is legally and morally obligated to stop. If he does not stop, he is then at risk of committing a crime against her,” Allred said.
Through his lawyer, Andrew Brettler, Hammer strongly denied Effie’s claims, noting that all of his sexual encounters have been “completely consensual, discussed and agreed upon in advance and mutually participatory.” Brettler argued that Effie’s claims are undermined by a July 18, 2020, text message they allege she sent to Hammer in which the texter expresses graphic sexual requests.
“It was never Mr. Hammer’s intention to embarrass or expose [Effie’s] fetishes or kinky sexual desires,” Brettler said, referring to the screenshot of the text message exchange he provided to reporters, “but she has now escalated this matter to another level by hiring a civil lawyer to host a public press conference.”
In response to the screenshot, Allred said she challenged Hammer to “present all, not some of his communications with Effie to the Los Angeles Police Department and answer all of their questions directly rather than through his lawyers.”
Over the course of their on-and-off-again four-year relationship, which Effie said began after she met Hammer on Facebook at age 20, Effie said she was abused “mentally, emotionally and sexually.” She added that she has since suffered from suicidal ideations, night terrors and emotional distress. Though Allred would not confirm that Effie was the woman behind the Instagram account HouseOfEffie — which began sharing similar claims about Hammer in January 2020 — a photograph of Effie provided by Allred matched one posted by the woman behind the social media account.
In early January, HouseOfEffie was the first account to publicly accuse Hammer of nonconsensual sexual behavior. Subsequently, two other women came forward in the press claiming that Hammer pressured them into engaging in BDSM acts they later said they felt uncomfortable with.
At the time, Hammer said the allegations were “bull— claims” that were both “vicious and spurious.” Still, he stepped away from a romantic comedy costarring Jennifer Lopez that he was set to film in the Dominican Republic last month. He has since exited another high-profile project, a Paramount+ series about the making of “The Godfather,” and has been dropped by his representatives at William Morris Endeavor.
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