A 24-year-old woman named Effie recalled an alleged sexual assault by the actor Armie Hammer on Thursday, Mar. 18, 2021. Speaking at a Zoom press conference alongside her lawyer, Gloria Allred, Effie claimed through tears that the violent encounter occurred nearly four years ago.
“On April 24, 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.”
It should be noted that Hammer was married to his estranged wife Elizabeth Chambers at the time.
The alleged assault ended, Effie said, when Hammer “left with no concern for my well-being.”
Effie said that she felt she was in love with Hammer at the time.
According to Effie, who met Hammer when she was 20, their relationship “progressed rapidly” and “emotions from both sides became really intense.”
She continued: “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, crossing my boundaries as he became increasingly more violent used me mentally, emotionally, sexually.”
Hammer denies the rape allegation. The actor is maintaining that his relationship with Effie, and all other women, was “completely consensual, discussed and agreed upon in advance, and mutually participatory,” his attorney tells Variety.
LAPD confirmed to Page Six that an investigation into the Call Me by Your Name star has been launched after a “community member” came forward with an attorney on Feb. 3, 2021, with a sexual assault claim.
It’s unclear if the investigation was prompted by Effie’s allegations, however, during the press conference, Allred said she and Effie, 24, turned over “evidence” of abuse to law enforcement.