LAPD investigating rape allegation against Armie Hammer
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is investigating Armie Hammer for an alleged sexual assault, after a woman says the “Call Me By Your Name” star “violently raped” her.
The alleged victim, known only as Effie, spoke out against the 34-year-old performer in a Thursday news conference with high-profile lawyer Gloria Allred.
“On April 24, 2017, Armie Hammer violently raped me for over four hours in Los Angeles,” the woman said through tears. She also claimed the actor bruised her face and beat her feet during the assault, saying she felt her life was in danger.
“During those four hours, I tried to get away, but he wouldn’t let me. I thought that he was going to kill me. He then left with no concern for my well-being,” Effie said.
The LAPD confirmed to ITK on Thursday that it had initiated an investigation into the allegations against Hammer last month.
Asked whether her client planned to press charges against Hammer, Allred said, “Effie 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 it.”
Hammer’s attorney Andrew Brettler didn’t immediately respond to ITK’s request for comment, but strongly denied the allegations in a statement to The Wrap, saying the actor’s interactions with his sexual partners have “been completely consensual, discussed and agreed upon in advance, and mutually participatory.”
The attorney provided what he described as graphic texts from Hammer’s accuser to the performer sent last year that detailed “what she wanted him to do to her.”
In her comments detailing the rape accusation, Effie said that following the assault, “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.”
Brettler said the accuser’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.”
Last year, Hammer dropped out of two projects, including a film with Jennifer Lopez, after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct.
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