The Armie Hammer sexual abuse scandal is about to be blown back open thanks to House of Hammer, an upcoming Discovery+ docuseries that features multiple women speaking on camera about their alleged ordeals with the actor, as well as an interview with his aunt, Casey Hammer.
“I’m about to reveal the dark, twisted secrets of the Hammer family,” Casey says in the first trailer, released online Tuesday.
The Call Me By Your Name star’s former lover, and his disturbing messages to her, are front and center in the three-part documentary, premiering Sept. 2.
“I am 100% a cannibal. I want to eat you,” read text messages he sent to Courtney Vucekovich, who previously detailed horrific allegations of sexual and emotional abuse to Page Six at the start of 2021.
“In the beginning, I felt like this was all perfect,” Vucekovich tells the filmmakers in the trailer (below). “But then things changed. He pushes your boundaries a little bit at a time. You’re his, completely.”
“He acted mad,” Vucekovich adds in the trailer. “The ropes were around your neck, your wrist, your ankles, and you’re like, completely immobilized, and I’m just closing my eyes until it ended.”
Julia Morrison, an artist and writer who conversed with Hammer through Instagram before his fall from grace, reads some of those bizarre purported messages on camera.
“I haven’t really digested this one,” she says to preface the following: “I have a fantasy about having someone prove their love and devotion and tying them up in a public place at night and making their body free use. And seeing if they will fuck strangers for me.”
In another clip, we hear a voice message allegedly from Hammer: “My bet was going to involve showing up at your place and completely tying you up and incapacitating you and being able to do whatever I wanted to every single hole in your body until I was done with you.”
Hammer has continuously denied allegations with various statements since his accusers first leaked messages credited to him describing fantasies of rape and cannibalism, followed by allegations of real-life abuse, triggering an LAPD investigation into a woman’s claim that the actor “violently raped” her for four hours in Los Angeles on April 24, 2017.
“I’m not responding to these bullshit 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,” he said after dropping from the production of the Jennifer Lopez romantic comedy Shotgun Wedding. “Lionsgate is supporting me in this and I’m grateful to them for that.”
His attorney, Andrew Brettler of Lavely and Singer, told Variety in February of 2021 that assertions against his client are “patently untrue,” and described any sexual behavior with partners as “completely consensual in that they were fully discussed, agreed upon, and mutually participatory.”
Brettler added, “The stories being perpetuated in the media are a misguided attempt to present a one-sided narrative with the goal of tarnishing Mr. Hammer’s reputation, and communications from the individuals involved prove that.”
According to Casey Hammer, her nephew’s behavior runs in the wealthy family that has enjoyed the privilege of a fortune amassed by great-grandfather Armand Hammer, the oil tycoon after whom Armie was named. “When all this came about about Armie, I was not shocked,” she says in the trailer. “This behavior is deep rooted.”
She further contends, “If you believe in making deals with the devil, the Hammers are top of the totem pole. Every generation of my family has been involved in dark misdeeds, and it just gets worse and worse and worse.”
The synopsis for the series promises to expose the Hammer family’s debauchery, deceit, abuse, addiction and corruption over the course of five generations.
“Armie Hammer’s alleged crimes are only the tip of the iceberg,” the network says. “Through a trove of archive and interviews from survivors and family members, the dark and twisted secrets of the Hammer family come to light. Behind the money and power lies a dysfunctional dynasty with its male characters exhibiting all the devastating consequences of privilege gone wild.”
House of Hammer, directed by Elli Hakami and Julian P. Hobbs, premieres on Discovery+ on September 2.
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