Note: The following article contains discussion of rape and assault allegations that some readers may find upsetting.
Armie Hammer is being investigated by Los Angeles police following an allegation of rape, it has been confirmed.
Following a press conference held by an alleged victim of the actor and her legal team on March 18, a spokesperson for the LAPD confirmed to Variety that Hammer "is the main suspect in an alleged sexual assault investigation that was initiated February 3 of this year".
Hammer has been accused of violent rape and physical abuse by the individual, who says the incidents took place during their on-off relationship from 2016 to 2020. Hammer has strongly denied the allegations.
In response to yesterday's press conference, an attorney for the actor shared a screenshot of Hammer's text correspondence with whom they alleged is the victim.
In a statement, they added: "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 [the alleged victim] – and every other sexual partner of his for that matter – have been completely consensual." They said the shared screenshot showed this.
The LAPD's investigation into Hammer comes shortly after his ex-wife Elizabeth Chambers publicly reacted to unverified extremely explicit messages allegedly sent by the actor in a separate incident that hit the headlines in January.
"I am shocked, heartbroken, and devastated. Heartbreak aside, I am listening, and will continue to listen and educate myself on these delicate matters. I didn't realize how much I didn't know."
Hammer previously disputed the legitimacy of those messages. Following his departure from the movie Shotgun Wedding, he said in a statement obtained by The Wrap in January that the claims made against him were false.
"I'm not responding to these bulls*** 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. "Lionsgate is supporting me in this and I'm grateful to them for that."
Rape Crisis England and Wales works towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct. If you’ve been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.
Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.
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