LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A woman who alleges she was sexually assaulted by actor Armie Hammer held a news conference Thursday alongside celebrity attorney Gloria Allred.
The woman, identified only as Effie, told reporters in a virtual news conference that she had an on-and-off relationship with Hammer from 2016 to 2020. She claims that one night in 2017, he raped her.
“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,” Effie told reporters. “He also committed other acts of violence against me to which I did not consent.”
Hammer’s attorney, Andrew Brettler, said in a statement that Effie’s “own correspondence with Mr. Hammer undermines and refutes her outrageous allegations. As recently as July 18, 2020, [Effie] 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 also said abuse allegations leveled against the 34-year-old actor are untrue and all of Hammer’s sexual encounters have been “completely consensual, discussed and agreed upon in advance, and mutually participatory.”
A Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman confirmed that the department is investigating Hammer following a report filed last month by a woman who said she was attacked by the actor.
Allred said her client “is providing what she thinks might be relevant to law enforcement, and then it is for law enforcement and the prosecutor to decide if there is sufficient evidence to pursue” a case.
Back in January, unverified texts surfaced on social media which stated that Hammer had cannibalism and rape fetishes.
According to Variety, the allegations forced Hammer to exit two upcoming projects, the movie “Shotgun Wedding” and the Paramount Plus series “The Offer.”
Hammer is known for movies including “The Social Network,” “Call Me By Your Name” and “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”