Disgraced actor Armie Hammer has broken his silence to claim he was molested by a pastor at 13, but insisted that while he was an ‘a**hole’ he is not a criminal in his first interview since becoming a pariah following a series of depraved revelations about his sex life.
Hammer, 36, has not been heard from and rarely seen since a woman named Effie, 26, who has not given her name due to fears of retaliation and harassment, accused Hammer in 2021 of having ‘violently raped’ her.
This led to a series of accusations by women involving his interest in kinky sex and even cannibalism.
Hammer has denied the accusations through his attorney and said that all of his sexual encounters have been ‘completely consensual, discussed and agreed upon in advance and mutually participatory.’
In his first interview since the scandal with Graydon Carter’s Air Mail, Hammer continued to deny the accusations, though he admitted to being emotionally abusive ‘one hundred percent,’ he’s not a criminal and instead a victim of cancel culture.
Disgraced actor Armie Hammer said in his first interview in years that he was molested by a pastor at 13, but insisted that while he was an ‘a**hole,’ he’s not a criminal in his first interview since becoming a pariah following a series of revelations about his sex life
‘I’m now a healthier, happier, more balanced person,’ he told Air Mail. ‘I’m able to be there for my kids in a way I never was. I’m able to be there for my dad as he’s dying in a way that I would have never been able to be. I’m truly grateful for my life and my recovery and everything. I would not go back and undo everything that’s happened to me.’
Hammer, who first came to viewers attention in The Social Network before going on to be nominated for a Golden Globe in Call Me By Your Name, gave the interview because he wants to ‘own my mistakes’ but also say that he doesn’t regret having been publicly shamed.
‘I’m here to own my mistakes, take accountability for the fact that I was an a**hole, that I was selfish, that I used people to make me feel better, and when I was done, moved on… I’m now a healthier, happier, more balanced person. I’m able to be there for my kids in a way I never was… I’m truly grateful for my life and my recovery and everything. I would not go back and undo everything that’s happened to me,’ he said.
Despite that, Hammer still feels he’s a victim of cancel culture and wants to see more chances for public rehabilitation, like his mentor Robert Downey Jr. received when going through drug and alcohol abuse.
‘There are examples everywhere, of people who went through those things and found redemption through a new path,’ he said. ‘And that, I feel like, is what’s missing in this cancel-culture, woke-mob business. The minute anyone does anything wrong, they’re thrown away. There’s no chance for rehabilitation.’
Hammer admitted going through hell during the scandal, at one point attempting suicide in the Cayman Islands.
‘I just walked out into the ocean and swam out as far as I could and hoped that either I drowned, or was hit by a boat, or eaten by a shark,’ Hammer said. ‘Then I realized that my kids were still on shore, and that I couldn’t do that to my kids.’
Hammer defends his sexual interests by saying he has had an interest in BDSM since the age of 13, when he was sexually abused by a youth pastor.
‘What that did for me was it introduced sexuality into my life in a way that it was completely out of my control,’ Hammer said. ‘I was powerless in the situation. I had no agency in the situation. Sexuality was introduced to me in a scary way where I had no control. My interests then went to: I want to have control in the situation, sexually.’
Hammer’s godmother, Candace Garvey, one of only two people he told when it happened, corroborated his story to Air Mail.
Hammer’s wife Elizabeth Chambers filed for divorce in July 2020, and six months later he was in the eye of a frenzied storm – with allegations of affairs, cannibalism, sexual coercion and brutality.
The couple share two children: their daughter Harper, seven, and their son Ford, five.
Hammer, 36, has not been heard from and rarely seen since a woman named Effie, 26, who has not given her name due to fears of retaliation and harassment, accused Hammer in 2021 of having ‘violently raped’ her
Armie Hammer, 35, and his former wife Elizabeth Chambers, 39, are seen in March 2018 at the Oscars
Hammer and Chambers are pictured with their children Harper and Ford in December 2019
A series of texts Hammer sent to one of his accusers. It was anonymously shared in 2021 when he was first accused. It is unclear who he sent it to
A pair of texts Armie Hammer allegedly sent to Courtney Vucekovich were revealed in the documentary that disturbed the ex-girlfriend
Messages he sent to women included conversations about extreme sexual bondage and disturbing cannibalistic urges.
‘I want to eat you…I am 100% a cannibal,’ read one message, while others included troubling admissions of desires to eat a woman’s ribs and cut off her toes.
One woman accused him of rape.
The LAPD has investigated and Hammer has never been charged, but the allegations proved to be catastrophic for Hammer’s career, and he was subsequently dropped by the talent agency WME, as well as by his personal publicist.
He was replaced in Jennifer Lopez’s new rom-com Shotgun Wedding by Josh Duhamel, and Miles Teller took over his role in the TV series The Offer, which dramatizes the making of Francis Ford Coppola’s classic film The Godfather.
Although he was removed form those productions, Hammer had already finished filming the Kenneth Branagh-directed mystery Death On The Nile, which features an ensemble cast including Branagh, Gal Gadot, Annette Benning, Russell Brand and Rose Leslie, among others.
Viewers mocked a trailer for the film after it appeared to go out of its way to minimize the actor’s participation – though his brief appearances were still too much for many viewers.
Hammer was also sued by American Express over an unpaid $67,000 credit card bill, but the case was dropped this week.
He is reportedly living in the Cayman Islands and selling time shares.
In September, Discovery+ released a three-part docu-series, House of Hammer, that detailed Hammer’s relationships and family dynasty.
The series interviewed two of Hammer’s former girlfriends, Courtney Vucekovich and Julia Morrison, and members of the Hammer household.
The Hammer family’s dark history is detailed in a recent Discovery+ docuseries titled ‘House of Hammer.’ The documentary claims the disgraced actor was obsessed with BDSM, forced a lap dance on a male assistant and drove drunk at 140mph through a residential area