Actor Armie Hammer is still being investigated by police after a woman alleged that she was raped by Hammer in 2017 for hours and thought she would be killed.
The victim’s lawyer contacted law enforcement, which led to the LAPD sexual harassment unit opening an investigation on February 3, a police spokesman told CNN.
Hammer has denied the allegations of rape.
On Thursday, Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred introduced her 24-year-old client, known only as Effie, who said she had been raped by Hammer.
Effie, who lives in Europe, said she had a romantic relationship with Hammer from 2016 to 2020. She was 20 when she met Hammer on Facebook, and “she fell in love with him right away,” she said. .
She says Hammer used to test her devotion to him and push her beyond boundaries. As time went on, it was suspected that he had been “extremely violent,” Effie said.
“He has abused me mentally, emotionally and sexually,” she said on Thursday with tears in her eyes.
Effie accuses Hammer of violently raping her for more than four hours in Los Angeles on April 24, 2017.
‘I Thought He Was Going To Kill Me’
She said he committed acts of violence against her, to which she did not consent, such as allegedly beating her feet with a crop. It hurt for her to walk for the next week, Effie said.
“I thought he was going to kill me,” she said.
Effie said she had always feared him and tried to dismiss Armie’s actions as “twisted ways of love.” Effie said she even lost interest in living because of what she alleges happened to her.
Armie Hammer’s Defense
In a statement, Hammer’s attorney dismissed Effie’s allegations as “outrageous,” saying that all of Hammer’s communications with her and other associations were “fully agreed upon, negotiated and consented upon in time, and there was mutual participation.”
“Effie[‘s]… own correspondence with Mr. Hammer undermines and refutes her outrageous allegations,” Hammer’s attorney, Andrew Brettler, said. “As recently as July 18, 2020, [she] sent graphic texts to Mr. Hammer telling him what she wanted him to do to her. Mr. Hammer responded making it clear that he did not want to maintain that type of relationship with her.”
Brettler’s statement included what he said was a screenshot of an explicit text conversation between Hammer and Effie.
“It was never Mr. Hammer’s intention to embarrass or expose [her] 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,” he said.
Traumatic And Triggering
Allred said it was “extremely traumatic and” prompting “for Effie to comment on the allegations.
Effie said she feels immense guilt in not coming out sooner but hopes her story will inspire “survivors of sexual assault around the world” to come forward with their stories in hope of justice.”
Despite the emotional price that she has had to pay by speaking her truth, she has found the courage to discuss what she alleges has happened to her for two reasons,” Allred said. “First, she wants to warn other women who may come into contact with Mr. Hammer of possible risks in their relationship with him.”Second, Effie has been contacted by many others who allege that they have also been victimized by Mr. Hammer in the sexual relationship that they have had with him,” she added.
Allred said there are no plans to file a lawsuit at this time, but that evidence has been turned over to law enforcement that might assist in an investigation of Hammer.”We do think it is important that an investigation of these serious allegations is conducted,” Allred said.
“We look forward to learning if Mr. Hammer, rather than his representatives, will be willing to assist investigators in their search for the truth.”