Armie Hammer, the troubled actor who was accused of sexual assault 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,” examines allegations against Hammer – which he has emphatically and repeatedly denied through lawyers – including messages he allegedly sent to women about his cannibalistic fantasies and sexual fetishes, which his accusers say 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 of making someone prove their love and affection and tying them up in a public place at night and using their bodies for free use,” an alleged message from Hammer said.
Hammer is also said to have said in a voice memo, which is played in the trailer: “My effort was to show up at your place and completely bind and incapacitate you and be able to do whatever I wanted with each one. holes in your body until I was done with you.”
The docuseries also shows a message in which Hammer allegedly wrote to a woman that he is “100% a cannibal,” and a handwritten note that reads, “I’m going to bite the hell out of you.”
The documentary was produced in tandem with Casey Hammer, who is Armie Hammer’s aunt and grandson of Armand Hammer, the businessman who made his family’s fortune in the oil business. Casey Hammer signed a deal before the project was shopped around town, before eventually landing on Discovery’s streaming service. She officially served as a consultant, along with directors Elli Hakami and Julian P. Hobbs.
“I’m about to reveal the dark, twisted secrets of the Hammer family,” Casey Hammer says in the trailer.
Armie Hammer’s recent headline-grabbing controversy isn’t the only one plaguing the notable family. In 1920, the actor’s great-great-grandfather, Julius Hammer, was convicted of first-degree murder after a jury found him guilty when he aborted the death of the wife of a Russian diplomat. In 1955, Julian Hammer, the son of Armand Hammer, killed a man in his Los Angeles home over a gambling debt, but claimed self-defense and the charges were dismissed.
In 2015, Casey Hammer self-published a book, “Surviving My Birthright,” in which she alleged that her father, Julian, sexually abused her when she was 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 escalated into an ongoing media story. He was first accused of sexual assault in early 2021 through screenshots of messages in which he allegedly described his cannibalistic fetishes. A woman, who is represented by attorney Gloria Allred, accused Hammer of rape, prompting the LAPD to conduct an investigation.
Hammer has strongly denied all accusations of sexual abuse, and stated that all interaction with the women was consensual. At the time of the rape charge, Hammer’s attorney, Andrew Brettler, said in a statement Variety“From day one, Mr. Hammer has claimed that all of his interactions” with each sexual partner “have been completely consensual, discussed and agreed upon in advance, and mutually participatory.”
The allegations sent Hammer’s Hollywood career stumbling along with the actor being dropped from his agency, WME, after being cut 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,” was last seen in Disney’s “Death on the Nile,” which he wrapped before the scandal.
With no projects on the horizon, he was seen earlier this summer selling timeshares at a resort in the Cayman Islands where he has lived near his estranged wife and two young children for much of the pandemic. A source has said so Variety that Hammer had completed a stay in rehabilitation. Last month, Vanity Fair, which previously published an exposé on the Hammer family, reported that Robert Downey Jr., who has been through recovery himself, has supported Hammer and paid for six months in rehab. (At the time, a representative for Downey Jr. did not respond Varietyregarding that report.)
In a statement, a Discovery executive teased “disturbing details” and “grisly secrets” that will emerge in the docu-series.
“The allegations of rape and assault 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 crime and investigative content, linear and streaming. “With ‘House of Hammer’ we witness truly disturbing details and sinister secrets that money and power could not hide forever. This documentary provides an important platform for the incredibly brave women who came 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.
Watch the full trailer below:
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