Armie Hammer, the controversial actor who was accused of sexual abuse in early 2021, is at the center of an upcoming Discovery+ documentary series, which also explores his family history.
The three-part series, “House of Hammer,” investigates 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, features 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 the fantasy of having someone prove their love and devotion and tie them up at night in a public place and use their body freely,” says an alleged message from Hammer.
Hammer is also said to have said in a voice memo, which plays in the trailer: “My bet would be that I would show up at your house and totally strap you in and out and be able to do what I wanted with every single hole. 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 fucking bite you.”
The document was produced in collaboration with Casey Hammer, Armie Hammer’s aunt and granddaughter of Armand Hammer, the businessman who made the family fortune in the oil business. Casey Hammer signed a deal before the project was shopped in the city, before it finally landed on Discovery’s streaming service. She officially served as a consultant, alongside 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 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 to whom he gave an abortion, died. In 1955, Armand Hammer’s son, Armand Hammer, Julian 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 fell out of favor during the pandemic when alleged messages he sent to women surfaced on social media and then escalated into an ongoing media story. He was first accused of sexual abuse in early 2021 through screenshots of posts in which he would describe his cannibalistic fetishes. A woman, represented by attorney Gloria Allred, accused Hammer of rape, prompting the LAPD to investigate.
Hammer has strongly denied all allegations of sexual abuse and states that all interactions with the women were consensual. At the time of the rape allegation, 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 engaged.”
The allegations caused Hammer’s Hollywood career to plummet, with the actor being kicked out of his agency, WME, after being dropped from a string 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 most recently featured in Disney’s “Death on the Nile,” which he wrapped prior to the scandal.
With no projects ahead of him, he was spotted earlier this summer selling timeshares at a resort in the Cayman Islands, where he has lived close to his estranged wife and two young children throughout much of the pandemic. A source has told Variety that Hammer had completed a sojourn in rehab. Last month, Vanity Fair, which previously published an exposé about the Hammer family, reported that Robert Downey Jr., who has undergone self-recovery, has supported Hammer and paid for his six months in rehab. (At the time, a Downey Jr. representative did not respond Varietyabout that report.)
In a statement, a Discovery director 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 crime and investigative content, linear and streaming. “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 courageous 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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