LOS ANGELES (CNS) — A woman Thursday accused actor Armie Hammer of raping her and beating her feet with a riding crop in Los Angeles four years ago after they met on Facebook.
The 24-year-old woman, who identified herself only as Effie, made the allegations during a news conference over Zoom held by attorney Gloria Allred.
What You Need To Know
- The woman accusing Hammer of rape is being represented by attorney Gloria Allred
- She alleged she first met Hammer, 34, on Facebook in 2016, when she was 20 years old
- While reading a prepared statement on Thursday, Effie broke down in tears telling how Hammer allegedly raped her for four hours and slammed her head against a wall
- Allred issued a statement saying she challenged Hammer to present "all, not some, of his communications with Effie to the Los Angeles Police Department and answer all of their questions directly"
Hammer's attorney, Andrew Brettler, said in a statement to City News Service 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 his client are untrue and all of Hammer's sexual encounters have been "completely consensual, discussed and agreed upon in advance, and mutually participatory."
While reading a prepared statement on Thursday, the woman broke down in tears telling how Hammer allegedly raped her for four hours and slammed her head against a wall. She alleged she first met Hammer, 34, on Facebook in 2016, when she was 20 years old.
"I tried to get away, but he wouldn't let me. I thought that he was going to kill me," she said. "He then left with no concern for my well-being. I was completely in shock and couldn't believe someone I loved did that to me. I tried so hard to justify his actions, even to the point of responding to him in a way that did not reflect my true feelings."
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.
"Even if a sexual partner agrees to certain sexual activity, she still has a right at any point to withdraw her consent," Allred said. "If she does withdraw her consent, he is legally and morally obligated to stop. If he does not stop, he is then at risk of committing a crime against her.
"Often, famous men select vulnerable women, particularly some of their fans, to use and abuse," Allred said. "Celebrities often make that choice because they may feel that they can more easily use the power of their celebrity to seduce and manipulate fans who admire or idolize them. They may also count on the fear that many women have of speaking out against a celebrity."
Last month, Hammer's agency reportedly severed ties with him in the wake of other abuse allegations, and the actor previously left two projects — Shotgun Wedding, starring Jennifer Lopez, and the Paramount Plus series The Offer, according to multiple reports.
Hammer, a great-grandson of oil tycoon and philanthropist Armand Hammer, is known for films including The Social Network and Call Me By Your Name. His most recent film is the drug drama Crisis.
Effie, who said she lives in Europe, told reporters she feels guilty for not speaking up about the alleged assault sooner. The woman said she last communicated with Hammer in 2020.
Allred said she has photos of what she described as her client's "visible injuries." The attorney refused to comment on whether a police report had been filed and added that there were no immediate plans to bring a civil lawsuit against the actor.
Following the news conference, Allred issued a statement saying she challenged Hammer to present "all, not some, of his communications with Effie to the Los Angeles Police Department and answer all of their questions directly rather than through his lawyers."
Brettler said that with "the truth on his side, Mr. Hammer welcomes the opportunity to set the record straight."
Hammer's former girlfriend, Paige Lorenze, accused him in January of coercing her into violent sex acts that included cutting into her skin. That claim was refuted by Hammer through his attorney, who said at the time, "The stories being perpetuated in the media are a misguided attempt to present a one-sided narrative with the goal of tarnishing Mr. Hammer's reputation, and communications from the individuals involved prove that."