(MAINNEWS) – Armie Hammer alleges that although he behaved like an “a–hole” toward the women he dated, he’s no rapist.
In his first interview since his career imploded following claims of sexual misconduct – including cannibalistic fetishism and BDSM fantasies – the embattled actor vehemently denies the most serious allegation leveled against him: rape.
Hammer, 36, alleged to Air Mail that there was no criminal wrongdoing in his four-year relationship with “Effie,” the woman who accused him of “violently” raping her and abusing her “mentally, emotionally and sexually” in 2017 when she was 20 years old.
“This alleged rape was a scene that was her idea,” Hammer claimed in his interview, alleging that their relationship began after Effie sent him a message via Facebook in October 2016.
“She planned all of the details out, all the way down to what Starbucks I would see her at, how I would follow her home, how her front door would be open and unlocked, and I would come in, and we would engage in what is called a ‘consensual non-consent scene,’ CNC.”
The “Call Me By Your Name” star further alleged that the “scene” only happened once – and that it was Effie who introduced him to the practice. He also told the outlet that he spoke to Chambers about the affair after Effie threatened to tell his now-estranged wife.
Hammer recalled telling Chambers, “I don’t like who I’m becoming. I’m f–ked up every single day, all day. I’m miserable, I’m unhappy, and I’m having an affair. And I don’t know how to stop any of these things, and I can’t do this alone. I need your help.”
Effie’s allegations first came to light in March 2022, when she stated publicly that Hammer became “increasingly more violent” with her and feared he was “going to kill” her.
Hammer – who shares two children, Harper, 8, and Ford, 6, with ex Elizabeth Chambers – has since been the subject of an ongoing LAPD investigation.
Amid all of the backlash that he’s received following various sexual misconduct allegations from multiple women, Hammer told Air Mail that he’s ready to own up to his mistakes.
“[I] take accountability for the fact that I was an a–hole, that I was selfish, that I used people to make me feel better, and when I was done, moved on,” he stated.
“I’m now a healthier, happier, more balanced person. I’m able to be there for my kids in a way I never was,” he added. “I’m truly grateful for my life and my recovery and everything. I would not go back and undo everything that’s happened to me.”
By Nicki Gostin