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Los Angeles police revealed they are investigating sexual assault allegations against Armie Hammer the same day a woman came forward saying the actor had violently raped her.
The Los Angeles Police Department launched a sexual assault investigation into Hammer, 34, on Feb. 3, after they “were contacted by an attorney representing a female community member," the department said in a statement obtained by ABC News Thursday. The statement noted that no further details are provided; the department has not immediately responded to Oxygen.com’s request for comment.
At a press conference earlier Thursday, a 24-year-old woman identifying herself only as Effie alleged she was raped by the actor in 2017.
"On April 24th, 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," she said, according to NBC News. "He also committed other acts of violence against me to which I did not consent. I thought that he was going to kill me."
She said that she had an on-again, off-again relationship with the actor, known his roles in "Call Me By Your Name" and “The Social Network,” for about four years.
Hammer, through his attorney Andrew Brettler, has denied the rape allegation and said all interactions with Effie were consensual. Brettler also provided a screenshot to Oxygen.com of a direct message allegedly sent from Effie to another person in January 2021 which read: “I’m not saying he raped me, no need for legal rep.”
Brettler also provided screenshots of purported text exchanges between Hammer and Effie, many of which were explicit.
“[Effie's] own correspondence with Mr. Hammer undermines and refutes her outrageous allegations,” Brettler's statement reads. “As recently as July 18, 2020, [she] sent graphic texts to Mr. Hammer telling him what she wanted him to do to her. Mr. Hammer responded making it clear that he did not want to maintain that type of relationship with her."
Hammer “welcomes the opportunity to set the record straight” and that he “has maintained that all of his interactions with [Effie] — and every other sexual partner of his for that matter — have been completely consensual, discussed and agreed upon in advance, and mutually participatory.”
Effie’s lawyer, Gloria Allred — who has defended accusers of other high-profile men, including Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein — challenged Hammer to “to present all, not some, of his communications with Effie to the Los Angeles Police Department and answer all of their questions directly rather than through his lawyers.”
Furthermore, Allred said that Effie "has provided her evidence to law enforcement and she encourages others to also provide evidence to them if they believe that their evidence might assist in an investigation of Mr. Hammer."
Sexually explicit texts, purportedly from Hammer, have been stirring up controversy for months. Back in January, an Instagram account called “House of Effie” began revealing screenshots of conversations, allegedly between the two, which described extreme BDSM and cannibalism fantasies, Vanity Fair reported.
When asked if Effie was behind “House of Effie,” Allred said she had “no comment,” Page Six reports.
Hammer has been married to television personality Elizabeth Chambers, with whom he has two children. They announced they were splitting last year.
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