Actor Armie Hammer has been gracing news headlines this week, and the reasons are disturbing. A number of leaked private messages between the actor and several women have raised concerns that his personal sexual fantasies have strayed from, “kink,” into, “borderline psychotic.” Hammer’s ex-wife, Elizabeth Chambers, revealed that she is completely shocked by the week’s revelations. The actor, known for Gossip Girl, Reaper, and Rebecca, has a lot to answer for. 

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Embattled Hammer Enters Rehab

June 9, 2021

Vanity Fair has reported that an embattled Hammer has entered rehab for, “drug, sex, and alcohol abuse.” The The Social Network star has entered a rehab facility near Orlando, Florida, according to reports. Hammer’s decision to enter rehab was supported by estranged wife Elizabeth Chambers and their two children, who walked the troubled star as far as they could and bid an emotional farewell.

Vanity Fair reports, “A source close to Hammer confirmed that the actor reached out to Chambers in late May, asking for help and telling her that he was ready to seek treatment—and pledging to stay at the Florida facility, outside of Orlando, as long as it takes to get healthy. Hammer checked into the facility on Monday, May 31, with the support of Chambers and his family, and has been in treatment for over a week, according to two sources.

‘Everyone looks at Armie thinking that he’s had some sort of privileged life—and that must mean there were no problems in his youth and everything was peachy keen,’ said a close friend of the actor. ‘But that’s not necessarily the way things go. Just because you come from an upbringing where financial resources are plentiful doesn’t mean life isn’t without problems.’”

Stars entering rehab after coming under fire for abusive or inappropriate behavior has a long and storied history in Hollywood. Not all of those who enter rehab seek healing; many are seeking a way to escape scrutiny for a time and appear repentant. Time will tell if Hammer is the kind to escape the heat, or the kind to work on himself and come out prepared to face the music for his actions. 

Hammer has been embattled anew in recent months as a Vanity Fair piece released in March that covered Hammer’s family and the dark legacy of his forbearers. That story prompted Hammer’s mom, Dru, to write an email to VF blasting the way her son has been portrayed and defending the men in the family, suggesting Hammer had been dealing with a lot. The internet wasn’t impressed with his mother’s defense, and Hammer has remained under heavy scrutiny for his abusive and concerning behavior. However, Dru isn’t the first person close to the star to allude to trauma in Hammer’s past, and trauma is one commonality shared among many abusers and addicts. Adverse Childhood Experiences (known as ACEs) are one metric by which professionals often evaluate a person’s risk for addiction, alcohol and other abuse. If Hammer has experienced ACEs creating trauma that has rewired his brain, it’s possible that he can recover with professional help. But not all abusers have experienced trauma and are willing and able to heal; time will tell which Hammer turns out to be.  

What Do Hammer’s Messages Say?

Armie Hammer

An Instagram account titled House of Effie leaked a series of private messages. The account claims that it all started when the account holder released a video talking about an affair with Hammer, and multiple women came forward discussing their experiences with the actor and his disturbing behavior.

Per the DailyMail, “The graphic Instagram DMs that Hammer allegedly penned to a woman included talk of rape fantasies, BDSM and cannibalism. In one message, the actor allegedly writes to the woman: ‘I am 100% a cannibal. I want to eat you.'”

Hammer then adds, “F–k that’s scary to admit. I’ve never admitted that before.”

Other messages described a kink where one partner serves as a master and the other as a slave, and perhaps the most disturbing ones suggested that Hammer would like to cut off his partner’s toe and keep it with him to have a part of her with him at all times.

Other Disturbing Signals From Hammer

Comments made by Hammer a few months ago have received new scrutiny in the wake of the disturbing messages. DailyMail reports, “Hammer, 34, made the admission in a November 2020 interview with Netflix Brazil for the film Rebecca, after being asked, ‘What historical person would you like to have dinner with?’   

‘Armie Hammer said he would like to have dinner with the Marquis de Sade. I did not expect that or anything he said in this unfiltered interview,’ the caption of the video translates to read.”

Biography explains, “Marquis de Sade, a French aristocrat, philosopher and writer of explicit sexual works, was born in Paris in 1740. His writings depict violence, criminality and blasphemy against the Catholic Church. During the French Revolution he was an elected delegate to the National Convention. The last 13 years of his life were spent in an insane asylum.”

De Sade is where the term, “sadism,” was coined, which describes deriving pleasure from causing pain. De Sade was a well known sexual hedonist and sadist and Hammer’s apparent admiration is alarming in today’s context. 

Are the Messages Real?

Armie Hammer and Elizabeth Chambers

It’s important to note that, as of now, the messages aren’t verified and Hammer has remained completely mum on the issue. Representatives for the actor have refused to respond to media inquiries and so far it’s unclear whether the messages are real or not. However, House of Effie attempted to verify them by sending personal images received from the actor including one image where he appears to be choking himself. 

Elizabeth Chambers Speaks Out

Hammer’s ex-wife has revealed that she is blown away by the revelations. Their marriage came to an end due to Hammer’s infidelities over their 10-year relationship, but Chambers claims she was unaware of the sordid details. 

DailyMail spoke to a friend of Chambers and reveals, “…Hammer’s alleged extreme kinks are a ‘complete shock’ to the mother-of-two, with the friend adding: ‘Armie appears to be a monster.’

They said: ‘A lot of these women have reached out to Elizabeth and although she didn’t want to admit it to herself at first, she knows now they are speaking the truth. 

‘Armie had a whole other side to him that she wasn’t aware of. Whether it was always there and he kept it hidden, or something happened that changed him completely, she doesn’t know.’

The insider claims that one of the women who contacted Chambers about her experience with Hammer was left so traumatized that she entered an ‘intense rehab and therapy program because of his emotional and maybe physical abuse.’

They added: ‘He preyed upon her when she was coming out of a relationship. He made her feel very uncomfortable, the things he wanted to do made her very scared.'”

Until Hammer refutes the messages, signs point to them being authentic. The online kink community seems to be split on the subject of the messages. Some people claim that Hammer is free to engage in these kinks if the other partners consent. Others say that it’s clear not all of the partners did consent, and that his suggestions take things too far. The A-list celebrity will have to respond sooner or later and explain exactly why so many women have bad experiences to share about their time with him. And he will have to be accountable for the violent imagery he gleefully embraces, if they are proven to be true. 

UPDATE 3/18/2021

The woman behind the House of Effie Instagram account has stepped forward and revealed her identity publicly at a virtual press conference. Variety reports, “‘I thought that he was going to kill me,’ the woman, named Effie, said through tears on Thursday during a press conference with her attorney, Gloria Allred. Effie is accusing Hammer of violent rape and physical abuse, during their on-and-off four-year relationship from 2016 to 2020.

‘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 said. ‘He also committed other acts of violence against me to which I did not consent.’

Crying uncontrollably at the virtual press conference, Effie says during the alleged rape, Hammer beat her feet ‘so they would hurt’ with every step she took. She says she tried to get away, ‘but he wouldn’t let me.’

‘He then left with no concern for my well being. I was completely in shock,’ Effie said.”

Hammer has strongly denied the allegations. Hammer’s attorney, Andrew Brettler of Lavely and Singer, says the interactions between Effie and Hammer were consensual. Per Variety, “‘Effie’s own correspondence with Mr. Hammer undermines and refutes her outrageous allegations. As recently as July 18, 2020, [she] 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 said in a statement.

‘It was never Mr. Hammer’s intention to embarrass or expose [Effie’s] fetishes or kinky sexual desires, but she has now escalated this matter to another level by hiring a civil lawyer to host a public press conference. With the truth on his side, Mr. Hammer welcomes the opportunity to set the record straight,’ the statement continues. ‘From day one, Mr. Hammer has maintained that all of his interactions with [Effie] — and every other sexual partner of his for that matter — have been completely consensual, discussed and agreed upon in advance, and mutually participatory. [Effie’s] attention seeking and ill-advised legal bid will only make it more difficult for real victims of sexual violence to get the justice they deserve.’”

Effie, who did not reveal her full name in the press conference, says she met Hammer when she was 20 and fell deeply and instantly in love, but the relationship turned horribly abusive. Effie’s famed lawyer, Allred, spoke at length about the issue of consent, adding per Variety, “Even if a sexual partner agrees to certain sexual activity, she still has a right at any point to withdraw her consent. 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.” Allred believes Hammer’s celebrity status vwas used against Effie to ensnare and abuse her. 

Despite Hammer’s protestations of consent, the LAPD has officially opened an investigation into the incident. 

USA Today reports that Effie has been traumatized by the abuse she suffered at Hammer’s hands; “She said she was so traumatized by what she says he did to her she couldn’t stop crying for months, couldn’t sleep, had night terrors and eventually became suicidal. ‘Over the years since the assault, on many occasions the invasive flashbacks were so excruciating they made me feel there was no way out but to take my own life. I just wanted the pain to stop,’ she said.

She said she feels guilty not speaking out sooner and that she has come forward in hopes of ‘holding him accountable’ and to ‘prevent others from falling victim to him in the future.'”

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