An internet storm over Armie Hammer's explicit DMs caused him to drop out of his new movie. Here's what's going on.
- Instagram page @houseofeffie last week shared countless screenshots of alleged and unverified messages from Armie Hammer that appeared to show the actor's alleged fantasies of rape, BDSM, and cannibalism.
- Hammer has since responded to the controversy, which has been brewing for a week now, calling it a "vicious and spurious" attack involving "bulls--t claims," according to a statement given to People.
- However, many other women have started to come forward with their own alleged experiences with Hammer.
Armie Hammer has been the subject of an intense social media controversy.
It all started last week when the Instagram account @houseofeffie posted countless screenshots of direct messages allegedly sent from Hammer to women between 2016 and 2020.The messages in the screenshots, which are unverified, seemingly display Hammer's alleged fantasies of rape, domination, and cannibalism.
Hammer has stepped down from his latest movie amid what he said were 'vicious and spurious online attacks'In the alleged DMs, later amplified by Instagram gossip page @deuxmoi which boasts 590,000 followers, Hammer's supposed account refers to the person as "kitten" and, in one instance, asks to drink the person's blood.
Other messages show Hammer's supposed account telling the recipient he wants to "bite pieces off of" her and eat her heart.In another passage of messages shared by @houseofeffie, the 34-year-old actor allegedly wrote: "I am 100% a cannibal. I want to eat you. F---. That's scary to admit. I've never admitted that before."
On Wednesday, Hammer stepped down from an upcoming rom-com called "Shotgun Wedding," in which he was set to play the lead opposite star and producer Jennifer Lopez."Given the imminent start date of 'Shotgun Wedding,' Armie has requested to step away from the film and we support him in his decision," a production spokesperson confirmed to Insider. The role will be recast.However, Hammer has denied any wrongdoing or involvement in the scandal. In a recent statement to People, he said:
"I'm not responding to these bulls--- claims, but in light of the vicious and spurious online attacks against me, I cannot in good conscience now leave my children for 4 months to shoot a film in the Dominican Republic. Lionsgate is supporting me in this and I'm grateful to them for that."
@houseofeffie released photos of Hammer and stories from other women
It is unclear whether or not these messages are genuinely from Hammer himself, although @houseofeffie insists that they are, and has tried to prove it by releasing previously unseen photos of Hammer.The Daily Mail reports that in one now-deleted photo, Hammer has his own hand around his throat in a selfie, apparently imitating choking.
Another now-deleted photo purports to be of Hammer's hand, which is placed on a script and has a ring finger tattoo visibly similar to Hammer's own tattoo on that finger.
@houseofeffie also shared now-deleted photos and videos of herself, displaying severe bruises on her neck that she claims are from Hammer.After @houseofeffie surfaced these claims, several other women came forward with stories about Hammer, seemingly sending in their experiences and screenshots of their own conversations with the "Call Me By Your Name" actor.
"We collectively decided we have to speak out after how we were treated and seeing how the women in 2020 were being treated by him," the statement continued. "We cannot allow more women to endure what we are going through in the future."It is unclear how many women, who call themselves "kittens," have come forward or are behind the allegations, but @houseofeffie states that they have "united" and have been able to work out a five-year timeline of Hammer's relationships with the various women.
The account supposedly belonging to Hammer allegedly sent the DMs while the actor was still with his wife@houseofeffie claims she and the account supposedly belonging to Hammer have been talking since October 2016, during which time Hammer was married to Elizabeth Chambers.
Hammer said he came close to losing his mind while in lockdown in the Caribbean with his family, shortly after he and Chambers announced their decision to file for divorce in July 2020.
In identical Instagram captions, the two announced: "Thirteen years as best friends, soulmates, partners and then parents. It has been an incredible journey, but together, we've decided to turn the page and move on from our marriage."
Hammer's past behavior is now being examined with new scrutinyIn a Netflix Brazil interview for "Rebecca" in November 2020, Hammer said that his dream dinner guest would be the Marquis De Sade, an 18th century French philosopher and writer famous for his erotic work that heavily involved sexual violence.
The words "sadism" and "sadist," which are now being associated with Hammer, actually derive from de Sade himself.
Meanwhile, stories about Hammer's supposed "obsession" with raw meat have also been surfacing, with @houseofeffie sharing old screenshots from Hammer's Instagram account where he shows off a slab of bloody, raw, meat, as well as a pig's head.@houseofeffie also shared an old interview wherein Hammer recounts eating "an entire raw steak."
Hammer also frequently posts about knives on his Instagram, captioning one picture with the hashtag "#givemesomethingtocarve."
In 2013, Hammer admitted to being a "dominant lover" in an interview with Playboy magazine."Well, if you're married to a feminist as I am, then it's ... I don't know how much we can put here without my parents being embarrassed, but I used to like to be a dominant lover."
"I liked the grabbing of the neck and the hair and all that. But then you get married and your sexual appetites change," he continued. "And I mean that for the better - it's not like I'm suffering in any way. But you can't really pull your wife's hair. It gets to a point where you say, 'I respect you too much to do these things that I kind of want to do.'"That same year, he told Elle a former girlfriend tried to stab him while they were having sex."She was like, 'True love leaves scars. You don't have any.' And then she tried to stab me with a butcher knife," he recalled. "Of course I promptly broke up with her. Seven months later."
And back in 2017, Hammer's Twitter likes had been put on display after he liked some tweets about rope play and bondage.
Representatives for Hammer did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
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