LOS ANGELES – A young woman Thursday accused American actor Armie Hammer of raping her in Los Angeles four years ago and police said they are investigating the matter.
His lawyer Andrew Brettler called the claim “outrageous” and said that all of his sexual relationships were “completely consensual”.
The rape allegations follow allegations made by several women on social media in January who accused the 34-year-old of emotional and physical abuse, saying he shared violent sexual fantasies.
Hammer said at the time that he would not respond to what he called “malicious online attacks,” but he was dropped by his agents and from two Hollywood projects, including the Jennifer Lopez film Shotgun Wedding.
On Thursday, a woman who identified only as Effie told a video press conference that she had a four-year romantic relationship with Hammer, who was married to TV personality Elizabeth Chambers at the time.
“On April 24, 2017, Armie Hammer violently raped me for over four hours in Los Angeles, banging my head against a wall repeatedly and injuring my face,” Effie, 24, told reporters.
“He also committed other acts of violence against me that I did not consent to,” she said.
Effie’s attorney Gloria Allred said the woman presented evidence to the police.
A Los Angeles Police Department spokesman said “Armie Hammer is the named suspect in an alleged sexual assault investigation,” which opened on February 3.
Brettler said in a statement that the woman’s own correspondence with his client “undermines and refutes her outrageous allegations.”
“From day one, Mr Hammer has claimed that all of his interactions with (Effie) – and each of his other sexual partners – were fully consensual, discussed and agreed in advance, and mutually involved,” the statement added.
Brettler said the prosecutor only sent Hammer graphic text messages in July 2020 setting out her sexual desires.
Effie, who lives in Europe, said she met Hammer on Facebook in 2016 and fell in love with him.
After the alleged rape, she said she suffered traumatic flashbacks and felt suicidal.
She said she felt guilty for not speaking earlier and hoped Hammer would be “held accountable”.
Hammer and Chambers, who have two young children together, separated in July 2020 after 10 years of marriage. – REUTERS