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According to the Los Angeles Police Department, actor Armand Douglas Hammer, who is better-known for his professional name Armie Hammer, is being investigated for an alleged sexual assault. 

Officer Drake Madison, a spokesperson for the LAPD, confirmed that Hammer is the main suspect to a sexual assault investigation that was opened on February 3. Officer Madison however, made no mention as to who made the report and no further information about the case or incident was given either. 

The confirmation came hours after a woman spoke through a virtual conference with her lawyer Gloria Allred and accused Hammer of rape and “other acts of violence.” Watch the virtual conference below:

“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,” the 24-year-old woman, who identified herself as Effie, said in a statement. “For example, he beat my feet with a crop so they would hurt with every step I took for the next week. During those four hours, I tried to get away but he wouldn’t let me. I thought that he was going to kill me. He then left with no concern for my well-being.”

Effie added:

During and since this attack, I have lived in fear of him and for a long time I tried to dismiss his actions towards me as a twisted form of love. Now that he no longer has any power over me, I have come to understand that the immense mental hold he held over me was incredibly damaging on many levels.

Allred—who said they had already turned over evidence to law enforcement—shared that Effie met Hammer at the age of 20 on Facebook. Their relationship allegedly began in 2016 and ended in 2020. 

Meanwhile, Hammer’s lawyer, Mr. Andrew B. Brettler, an attorney with Lavely & Singer Professional Corporation, denied the rape allegation. In a statement released by Brettler, he maintained that the actor’s relationship with Effie and his every other sexual partner was “completely consensual, discussed and agreed upon in advance, and mutually participatory.”

Further, Brettler said that Effie’s “own correspondence with Mr. Hammer undermines and refutes her outrageous allegations.”

In addition, the statement said that Effie “sent graphic texts to Mr. Hammer telling him what she wanted him to do to her.” Brettler also shared a screenshot of Hammer’s response to the incident that allegedly occurred on July 18, 2020. It reads, “I am not going to be able to engage in you in that specific way right now. It never ends well. We can talk and be friends, but I can’t do that.”

Brettler added

It was never Mr. Hammer’s intention to embarrass or expose Ms. ****** fetishes or kinky sexual desires, but she has now escalated this matter to another level by hiring a civil lawyer to host a public press conference. With the truth on his side, Mr. Hammer welcomes the opportunity to set the record straight.

The Call Me By Your Name actor became embroiled in scandal when messages mentioning mutilation and sexual domination that were allegedly from Hammer himself surfaced in January via social media

One such text reportedly reads: “You just live to obey and be my slave. I will own you. That’s my soul. My brain. My spirit. My body. Would you come and be my property till you die? If I wanted to cut off one of your toes and keep it with me in my pocket so I always had a piece of you in my possession?”

While other messages allegedly described rape fantasies and said, “I need to drink your blood.”

Since then, Hammer had been dropped by his personal publicist and his talent agency, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment. He dropped out of a romantic comedy film with Jennifer Lopez titled Shotgun Wedding and Paramount Plus’s upcoming television series called The Offer, which is about the making of Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather

Hammer is best-known for playing the role of a gay man named Oliver in Call Me by Your Name (2017, Luca Guadagnino) and for playing Clyde Tolson in J. Edgar (2011, Clint Eastwood), an American biographical drama film. He also starred opposite Henry Cavill in the 2015 spy thriller The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (Guy Ritchie).

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