The actor with the face of an angel, whose descent into hell began two years ago, has decided to break the silence.
From 2021, Armie Hammer accumulates serious accusations against him: sexual assault, rape, cannibal text messages… During an interview with the weekly
on Saturday February 4, the American actor was ambivalent: he acknowledged his past "mistakes", but denied outright the accusations of rape and sexual abuse against him.
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"I was an asshole, I was selfish, I used people to feel better, and when I was done, I moved on," he admitted in the columns of the American media launched in 2019. He conceded that as a famous actor he was in a position of power over younger women.
While denying the claims, he recounted that he and one of the accusers engaged in so-called “consented non-consent” activities, during which they acted out rape scenarios.
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Abused by a pastor at age 13
He also told journalist James Kirchick that he was sexually abused by a pastor at the age of 13 on several occasions.
This experience "brought sexuality into my life in a way that was completely beyond my control," he said.
According to him, this would explain his desire for domination in his romantic and sexual relationships.
“Powerless in the face of this situation”, he would then have wished “to have control, sexually”.
“Massively in debt”
The disgraced actor also spoke openly about his financial situation: "I'm not just broke, I'm massively in debt," he said.
Which would mean that his conversion into real estate would not have been successful.
Following a rehab funded by Robert Downey Jr. - to whom he paid tribute - started in June 2021, and which lasted six months, he would indeed have worked as a part-time property salesman for the Morritt, a hotel establishment located in the Cayman Islands.
Stripped of Hollywood?
The actor from
The Social Network
(2010) regretted having been ousted from film projects, like the film
(2022) or the series
And invoked the effects of the cancel culture
(formula translated by
the culture of cancellation
which implies the boycott of a person who would have had inappropriate remarks or behavior, editor's note)
"No one will hire me anymore," he said.
No one will assure me.
They can no longer consider hiring me for a project - nothing at all.
[…] If they hire me, then they become people who support the abusers.”
Positioning himself as a scapegoat, he spun a sacrificial metaphor: “If they hire me, they are likely to be rejected too, because this fire ravages everything.
When they throw someone like me at the stake for protection, what they don't realize is that they're just fanning the fire.
And this fire is now out of control and will burn everyone.
And they keep throwing people in there as a sacrifice to protect themselves.”
Once the accusations against him were revealed – such as that of an alleged rape, denounced by a woman named Effie – the ex of Elizabeth Chambers (their divorce, announced in 2020, has still not been finalized) assured having harbored suicidal thoughts: "I went out to the ocean and swam as far as I could hoping to drown, be hit by a boat, or be eaten by a shark," he said.
A defense that was not to the liking of all Internet users.
One of them wrote on Twitter: "As if being sexually abused as a child excused his adult choices to rape and try to eat someone's flesh."
In a similar vein, Jeff Frame, comedian and podcast creator, railed: "As someone who was sexually abused for years as a child, I hate to see Armie Hammer take this as an excuse to hurt others. other people.”
The Hammers and their “deal with the devil”
All the Hollywood people, however, did not turn their backs on the actor.
Robert Downey Jr., to whom he paid tribute, thus financed his rehab treatment.
Luca Guadagnino, the director of
Call Me By Your Name
(2017), spoke in the columns of
in November 2022 about his desire to make a second opus – and above all, with the same actors: “Why?
Because I genuinely love the actors I work with, so I want to have the joy of working with them again."
The Armie Hammer affair, having been the subject of a shock documentary, caused a stir.
The series in question, entitled
House of Hammer, looks
back on the sordid history of the Hammer clan and the accusations brought against the father of Harper (7 years old) and Ford (5 years old).
Her aunt, Casey Hammer, makes an appearance and exposes a family committing "multigenerational abuse."
She expresses herself thus: “Seen from the outside, we were a perfect family.
[...] But if you believe in the pacts which one can make with the devil, the Hammers occupy the top of the scale.
Every generation of my family has been involved in dark misdeeds.
And it gets worse and worse.”
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