For months, abuse allegations have swirled around Armie Hammer, after graphic messages detailing fantasies of violent sexual scenarios surfaced on social media. Hammer has so far waved away the controversy as “vicious and spurious online attacks,” even as his exes accuse him of inflicting psychological harm. And now, one woman has spoken out publicly: Identifying herself only as Effie, she appeared with women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred at a press conference on Thursday and said that Hammer “violently” raped her over the course of four hours on April 24, 2017.
During that time, the 24-year-old said through tears, “He repeatedly slapped [her] head against a wall,” leaving bruises on her face. “He also committed other acts of violence against me, to which I did not consent,” she stated. She accused the actor of repeatedly striking her feet with a crop “so they would hurt with every step [she] took,” and preventing her from leaving. “I thought that he was going to kill me,” Effie said, but eventually, he left — “with no concern for my well-being,” she added.
“During and since this attack, I have lived in fear of him,” Effie continued, explaining that the distress became so severe that for a time, she “lost interest in living.”
In a statement to Variety via his attorney, Andrew Brettler, Hammer denied that he had raped Effie and maintained that his relationship with her was “completely consensual, discussed and agreed upon in advance, and mutually participatory.” Brettler deployed a familiar scorned-woman defense, pointing to text exchanges and seeming to suggest Effie concocted “outrageous allegations” after Hammer turned her down.
According to Variety, Allred declined to say whether or not her client created @houseofeffie, the Instagram account that first surfaced the DMs. But Effie explained that she and Hammer dated on and off for four years after meeting via Facebook. She said she “fell in love with him instantly,” and that the whole thing escalated quickly. “He would often test my devotion to him,” she explained. “He abused me mentally, emotionally, and sexually.”
The pattern Effie outlined — a build-up of intense affection, followed by coercive and controlling behavior — tracks with how Paige Lorenze and Courtney Vucekovich described their brief relationships with Hammer last year. He denied their accounts, too, specifically calling Lorenze’s “patently untrue.” Nonetheless, Hammer has been dropped by his talent agency and his publicist since the allegations first broke, and has exited two movies amid reports of erratic behavior.
“My hope in speaking out about the abuse I endured at the hands of Armie Hammer is that he will be held accountable,” Effie concluded her statement. “By speaking out today, I hope to prevent others from falling victim to him in the future.”