Armie Hammer, the embattled actor who was accused of sexual abuse in early 2021, is the focus of an upcoming Discovery+ docuseries, which also delves into his family history.
The three-part series, “House of Hammer,” investigates allegations against Hammer, which he has emphatically and repeatedly denied through his attorneys, including messages he allegedly sent to women about his cannibalistic fantasies and sexual fetishes, which his accusers They say they were abusive.
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An explosive trailer, released Wednesday by Discovery, includes two of Hammer’s alleged victims giving on-camera interviews and sharing screenshots of messages and audio of voice memos they claim to have received from the actor.
“I have a fantasy that someone would show his love and devotion and tie him up in a public place at night and make free use of his body,” says a purported message from Hammer.
Hammer is also alleged to have said in a voice memo, which plays in the trailer: “My bet was going to involve showing up at your house and completely tying you down and incapacitating you and being able to do whatever I wanted to everyone.” hole in your body until I’m done with you.
The docuseries also shows a message in which Hammer allegedly wrote to a woman that he is “100% cannibalistic” and a handwritten note that reads, “I’m going to bite you.”
The documentary was produced in conjunction with Casey Hammer, who is the aunt of Armie Hammer and the granddaughter of Armand Hammer, the businessman who made the family fortune in the oil business. Casey Hammer signed a deal before the project was bought into town, before she finally landed on the Discovery streaming service. She officially served as a consultant, along with directors Elli Hakami and Julian P. Hobbs.
“I’m about to reveal the dark and twisted secrets of the Hammer family,” says Casey Hammer in the trailer.
The recent controversy that grabbed the Armie Hammer headlines isn’t the only one affecting the remarkable family. In 1920, the actor’s great-great-grandfather, Julius Hammer, was convicted of first-degree manslaughter after a jury found him guilty when the wife of a Russian diplomat whom he aborted died. In 1955, Julian Hammer, the son of Armand Hammer, killed a man inside his Los Angeles home over a gambling debt, but claimed self-defense and the charges were dismissed.
In 2015, Casey Hammer published a book, “Surviving My Birthright,” in which she alleges that her father, Julian, sexually abused her as a child.
As for Hammer, the actor’s fall from grace came during the pandemic when alleged messages he had sent to women surfaced on social media and then became an ongoing story in the media. He was first accused of sexual abuse in early 2021 through screenshots of messages in which he allegedly described his cannibalistic fetishes. A woman, represented by attorney Gloria Allred, accused Hammer of rape, prompting the LAPD to conduct an investigation.
Hammer has strongly denied all allegations of sexual abuse, stating that all interactions with the women were consensual. At the time of the rape allegation, Hammer’s attorney, Andrew Brettler, said in a statement to Variety“From day one, Mr. Hammer has maintained that all of his interactions” with each sexual partner “have been fully consensual, discussed and agreed upon in advance, and mutually participatory.”
The allegations sent Hammer’s Hollywood career into a tailspin, as the actor was kicked out of his agency, WME, after being dropped from a number of projects, including Jennifer Lopez’s romantic comedy “Shotgun Wedding”; the thriller “Billion Dollar Spy”; the Broadway play, “The Minutes”; and the Paramount Plus series “The Offer” about the making of “The Godfather.” Hammer, who rose to fame with “The Social Network” and “Call Me By Your Name,” recently appeared on Disney’s “Death on the Nile,” which ended before the scandal.
With no projects on the horizon, he was spotted earlier this summer selling timeshare at a resort in the Cayman Islands, where he has been living near his estranged wife and two young children for much of the pandemic. A source has said Variety that Hammer had completed a stint in rehab. Last month, Vanity Fair, which previously ran an expose on the Hammer family, reported that Robert Downey Jr., who has also recovered, has been supporting Hammer and paid for his six months in rehab. (At the time, a representative for Downey Jr. did not respond to Varietyregarding that report.)
In a statement, a Discovery executive teases “disturbing details” and “sinister secrets” that will surface in the docuseries.
“The rape and abuse allegations brought against Armie Hammer in recent years are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the Hammer family,” said Jason Sarlanis, president of investigative crime and content, linear and broadcast. “With ‘House of Hammer,’ we witness truly disturbing details and sinister secrets that money and power couldn’t hide forever. This documentary provides an important platform for the incredibly brave women who have stepped forward to share their stories, and we hope their courage inspires others to continue meaningful conversations about abuse in our society.”
“House of Hammer” premieres on Discovery+ on September 2.
Check out the full trailer below:
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