Armie Hammer claims he was abused as teen by pastor as he speaks out on allegations

The star claims he was abused by a pastor as a child

Armie Hammer arrives at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Grants Banquet at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Armie Hammer (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Armie Hammer has broken his silence on his own sexual abuse allegations with a bombshell interview in which he claims he was abused as a child.

The Call Me By Your Name actor, 36, has been accused of violent behaviour including rape, emotional manipulation and cannabalisitic-like fetishes from former lovers.

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While he denies any criminal wrongdoing, Hammer's new interview with Air Mail sees him concede he "used people to make him feel better" and may have taken advantage of the "power dynamic" being an actor afforded him.

He also admits to having an interest in BDSM (bondage, dominance, sadism and masochism) but says it originates from his own abuse at the hands of a youth pastor when he was 13 years old.

Armie Hammer attends a screening of
Armie Hammer (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

The actor claims the abuse lasted for a period of a year before it stopped. He says his parents initially dismised his worried when he told them a vague account of being "uncomfortable" around the pastor in question as they didn't believe him.

He told the newsletter: "What [the abuse] did for me was it introduced sexuality into my life in a way that it was completely out of my control.

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"I was powerless in the situation. I had no agency in the situation. Sexuality was introduced to me in a scary way where I had no control.

"My interests then went to: I want to have control in the situation, sexually."

Actor Armie Hammer poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Call Me By Your Name' during the London Film Festival in London, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Armie Hammer (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Since the accusations were weighed against him in 2021, Hammer has been living in the Cayman Islands away from the public eye, selling timeshares.

Numerous women have come forward publicly with their own allegations of the behaviour they suffered while in a relationship with him.

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He was immediately dropped from a number of projects, including the newly-released Shotgun Wedding alongside Jennifer Lopez, with Josh Duhamel taking over the role.

In 2022, documentary House Of Hammer aired on Discovery+, with accusers waiving their anonymity to discuss publicly what they had been through.

Armie Hammer with Timothee Chalamet (Credit: Sony)
Armie Hammer with Timothee Chalamet in Call Me By Your Name (Sony)

Courtney Vucekovich and Julia Morrison share alleged messages and voice notes from Armie that detail his purported sexual and cannibalistic fantasies, which set off a social media firestorm last year.

"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," reads one alleged message from the actor to Morrison.

In another set of messages, he allegedly tells a woman he's "100% a cannibal" and "I want to eat you."

While he continues to deny he has done anything that would be deemed illegal, in the new interview he declared himself "an asshole" and admitted he was "a million percent" emotionally abusive towards them.

He said: “I had a very intense and extreme lifestyle “and I would scoop up these women, bring them into it—into this whirlwind of travel and sex and drugs and big emotions flying around—and then as soon as I was done, I’d just drop them off and move on to the next woman, leaving that woman feeling abandoned or used.”

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