The 24-year-old woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by Armie Hammer allegedly denied to a friend that the actor had raped her and admitted their encounter was ‘consensual’, two months before she went public with her allegations, DailyMail.com can reveal.
A woman, identified only as ‘Effie’, publicly spoke out against the Hollywood star for the first time on Thursday in a press conference with women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred.
Effie, who says she met the actor on Facebook in 2016, became emotional as she described how he allegedly raped her violently during a terrifying four-hour ordeal in Los Angeles in April 2017.
It marks the latest on-the-record allegation of sexual abuse against Hammer who has been previously accused by other women of cannibalistic fetishism.
Hammer’s attorney Andrew Brettler vehemently denied the accusations saying the pair’s interactions had been ‘completely consensual’ – which he says is made evident in Effie’s own text conversations with the actor.
A screenshot shared exclusively with DailyMail.com also appears to show Effie had allegedly confirmed to one of her Instagram followers earlier this year that she does not accuse Hammer of rape.
On Thursday, a woman identified as ‘Effie’ claimed Armie Hammer violently raped her in Los Angeles on April 24, 2017. The pair are pictured together in a photograph taken sometime prior to the alleged incident
Effie is believed to be behind Instagram account ‘House of Effie’, which in January began sharing disturbing sexual messages that Hammer allegedly sent to his exes. In a screenshot obtained by DailyMail.com above, Effie tells one of her followers that she does not need ‘legal rep’ because she’s not accusing [‘Hammer’] of rape
Effie is believed to be behind Instagram account ‘House of Effie’ which in January began leaking disturbing sexual messages the actor allegedly sent to several of his exes.
A screenshot of a DM (direct message) to Effie shows a follower reached out to her around that time asking if she had ‘legal representation’.
‘Effie’, who does not refer to Hammer by name in the screen grab, replied: ‘Thank you. I’m not saying he raped me, no need for legal rep.’
The user then responded: ‘Oh good. Thanks for sharing that. I’m relieved to hear it. He’s just a total a*****e and a liar right? still ugly behavior. F***ing men…’
‘Effie’ then insists once again: ‘I didn’t say anywhere it was not consensual so not sure why so many messages about it.’
Allred on Thursday would not confirm whether her client, who lives at an undisclosed location in Europe, was behind the House Of Effie account.
If so, the newly unearthed message exchange could potentially undermine her allegations against the ‘Social Network’ star.
Effie during the press conference alleged that Hammer, who was married at the time, ‘repeatedly slammed her head against a wall’ during the 2017 incident, leaving her with bruises to her face.
‘During those four hours, I tried to get away but he wouldn’t let me. I thought that he was going to kill me,’ she sobbed.
She also claimed he whipped her feet with a crop – an act that left her in pain for a week.
‘He left with no concern for my well-being. During and since this attack, I have lived in fear of him,’ she stated.
Speaking at a press conference, Effie claimed that Hammer ‘repeatedly slammed her head against a wall’ during the incident, leaving her with bruises to her face
Allred confirmed that her client handed over evidence to investigators, but said no charges have been filed.
In a statement on Thursday afternoon, the LAPD told DailyMail.com: ‘We can confirm that Armie Hammer is the main suspect in an alleged sexual assault investigation that was initiated on February 3.’
Effie says she first came into contact with the Hollywood actor on social media back in 2016, when she was just 20 years old.
The pair purportedly commenced a romantic relationship, despite the fact Hammer was married to Elizabeth Chambers at the time.
In a bid to discredit Effie’s claims, Hammer’s lawyer shared screenshots of explicit messages the accuser sent to the actor last year – three years after the purported rape.
In a statement to DailyMail.com, Brettler said that Effie had sent Hammer ‘sexual texts as recently as July 18, 2020’.
‘Helplessly horny and I just need to tell you cuz it’s been sooo long since last time,’ one of the texts read.
Hammer responded: ‘I am not going to be able to engage in you in that specific way right now. It never ends well. We can talk and be friends but I can’t do that.’
Hammer’s lawyer released a screenshot of a conversation he said between Effie and the actor. The screenshot was released from Hammer’s team after Effie’s press conference
Hammer (pictured in 2020) has been accused of ‘violently raping’ Effie
Full statement from Armie Hammer’s accuser
I met Armie Hammer on Facebook in 2016 when I was 20 years old.
I fell in love with him instantly. The relationship progressed rapidly and the emotions from both sides became really intense.
Looking back, it is now clear to me he was employing manipulation tactics in order to exert control over me, until I started to lose myself. He would often test my devotion to him, slyly removing and crossing my boundaries, as he became increasingly more violent.
He abused me mentally, emotionally, and sexually.
On April 24th, 2017, Armie Hammer violently raped me for over four hours in Los Angeles, during which he repeatedly slammed my head against a wall, bruising my face. He also committed other acts of violence against me to which I did not consent. For example, he beat my feet with a crop so they would hurt with every step I took for the next week. 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.
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.
During and since this attack, I have lived in fear of him and for a long time I tried to dismiss his actions towards me as a twisted form of love.
Now that he no longer has any power over me, I have come to understand that the immense mental hold he held over me was incredibly damaging on many levels.
Full statement from Hammer’s lawyer
Effie’s own correspondence with Mr. Hammer undermines and refutes her outrageous allegations. As recently as July 18, 2020, Effie 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. The screenshot below is just one of hundreds Effie sent to Mr. Hammer.
‘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.
‘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.’
– Andrew Brettler, attorney for Armie Hammer
Brettler added: ‘It was never Mr. Hammer’s intention to embarrass or expose [Effie’s]’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.’
On January 11, Hammer began trending on Twitter after HouseOfEffie shared the alleged screenshots between the actor and his exes dating back to 2016.
They purported to expose his sick fantasies.
In one text, Hammer allegedly wrote that he ‘wanted to cut off’ his girlfriend’s toe and ‘keep it in his pocket’
In another he allegedly wrote: ‘I am a 100% cannibal. I want to eat you.’
Brettler issued a statement about the allegations at the time, saying that all sexual experiences were ‘consensual.’
In the wake of the texts, Hammer was subsequently dropped by his talent agency WME and his personal publicist, and was also fired from two high profile films – Shotgun Wedding and The Offer.
The actor reportedly complained that he was being ‘kink shamed’.
Hammer separated from his wife of 10 years, Elizabeth Chambers, in June last year – six months before the HouseOfEffie account started sharing his kinky messages.
In the wake of that scandal, Chambers said on social media: ‘I am shocked, heartbroken, and devastated.’
She also offered her support to any victims of ‘assault or abuse’, and added: ‘I didn’t realize how much I didn’t know.’
Hammer and Chambers share two children – Harper, six, and Ford, four.
Meanwhile, one of Hammer’s exes, Paige Lorenze, 22, spoke with DailyMailTV last month after her ‘deeply traumatic’ relationship with the movie star, describing how it left her emotionally and physically scarred.
The couple briefly dated last year.
Hammer began trending on Twitter after HouseOfEffie shared the alleged screenshots between the actor and his exes dating back to 2016. In one DM (above) Hammer allegedly wrote that he ‘wanted to cut off’ his girlfriend’s toe and ‘keep it in his pocket’
Hammer separated from his wife of 10 years, Elizabeth Chambers, in June last year – six months before the HouseOfEffie account started sharing messages
The Instagram model provided DailyMailTV with an exclusive image of a sickening scar just millimeters away from her private parts that was left when Hammer allegedly carved his first initial ‘A’ into her skin during a kinky sex game.
She also claimed that Hammer used mannequins, which he stored in the basement of the $5.8 million home he shared with his estranged wife in Los Angeles, to practice tying up women.
Lorenze claimed that Hammer talked about wanting to strangle his dog, a Welsh Terrier named Archie.
‘He would get angry at his dog and say like: ‘I’m going to kill this dog, I would have strangled him if you weren’t here,” she said, noting that she does not believe he ever hurt the animal.
Lorenze is pictured with Hammer in a photograph taken last year
Armie Hammer’s ‘HouseOfEffie’ Scandal: A Timeline
July, 2020: Hammer’s wife of 10 years, Elizabeth Chambers, files for divorce. The couple share two children.
January 11, 2021: Hammer starts trending on social media after an account named ‘HouseOfEffie’ starts sharing graphic messages allegedly sent by the actor to various women. The texts were sent between 2016 and 2020 – while Hammer was married.
In one message, Hammer allegedly described himself as ‘100% a cannibal’ and tells a woman ‘I want to eat you’.
January 13, 2021: Hammer drops out of filming the romantic comedy Shotgun Wedding. He was set to star in the film opposite Jennifer Lopez. Josh Duhamel is announced as his replacement.
January 13, 2021: Hammer breaks his silence followed intense interest in the ‘HouseOfEffie’ account.
He states: ‘I’m not responding to these bulls–t claims, but in light of the vicious and spurious online attacks against me, I cannot, in good conscience now, leave my children for four months to shoot a film in the Dominican Republic. Lionsgate is supporting me in this and I’m grateful to them for that.’
January 14, 2021: A friend of Hammer’s estranged wife, Elizabeth Chambers, speaks to DailyMail.com, saying her pal is blindsided by allegations he was unfaithful and engaged in violent sex.
‘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.’
January 15, 2021: A secret social media account belonging to Hammer is unearthed. It includes a video of a woman he claims is ‘Miss Cayman’ sitting on a bed in lingerie. Hammer later denies that the woman is a beauty pageant contestant.
‘I am genuinely sorry for any confusion my foolish attempt at humor may have caused. My deep sympathies to Miss Cayman, who I don’t know, and to the entire organization, as I had no intentions of implying she was actually Miss Cayman,’ Hammer states.
January 29, 2021: Hammer drops out of the Paramount Plus drama series, The Offer.
February 3, 2021: LAPD opens a sexual assault investigation into Armie Hammer. The police department does not publicly announce the probe until March 18.
February 6, 2021: Hammer is dropped by William Morris Endeavor agency as well as his personal publicist.
March 10, 2021: A friend tells Vanity Fair that Hammer’s wife Chambers filed for divorce after learning of his infidelity partway through last year.
The magazine quotes the friend as saying Hammer ‘mistakenly sent a raunchy text message meant for someone else to his estranged spouse. Elizabeth filed for divorce shortly after’.
March 16, 2021: Hammer is spotted out with a mystery blonde in the Cayman Islands.
Lorenze said Hammer often tied her up, hit her with paddles and planned out ‘high protocol nights’ of painful sexual moves, which often left her covered in bruises.
She said her lover – 12 years her senior – was ‘sweet and kind’ but ‘manipulative’.
‘I think he definitely loved it that I was younger. He always had me wear lingerie and tied me up,’ she said.
‘I just kind of agreed to it and let it happen, I was just trying to please him.
‘He would say things like: ‘I want to bite a piece of your skin off and eat it,’ he would bite me so hard. Sometimes it would basically break skin.’
A lawyer for Hammer has categorically denied the allegations against him, calling them ‘patently untrue’.
‘Any interactions with this person, or any partner of his, were completely consensual in that they were fully discussed, agreed upon, and mutually participatory,’ Hammer’s attorney said in a statement to DailyMail.com.