A Complete Timeline Of The Armie Hammer Case
Multiple women came forward in 2021 with shocking sexual assault allegations.
Armie Hammer’s career was on an upswing, but shocking allegations of sexual misconduct made by multiple women in 2021 derailed his promising future in Hollywood despite his denials. Ahead is a timeline of the 36-year-old actor’s rise and precipitous fall.
Hammer got his big break when he portrayed the Winklevoss twins in the hit film The Social Network.
The actor married Elizabeth Chambers, who he met through a mutual friend. “I remember she pulled in and got out of the car, and I felt like I'd been knocked over,” he recalled in an interview about laying eyes on her for the first time.
The couple went on to have two children, daughter Harper Grace, 7, and Ford Douglas, 5.
In an interview with Playboy, Hammer laid bare his preference for BDSM and noted he had been a “dominant lover” before tying the knot with Chambers. “I liked the grabbing of the neck and the hair and all that. But then you get married and your sexual appetites change,” he said. “And I mean that for the better — it’s not like I’m suffering in any way. But you can’t really pull your wife’s hair. It gets to a point where you say, ‘I respect you too much to do these things that I kind of want to do.’”
Hammer’s career got a much-needed boost when he earned Oscar nominations for starring in Call Me By Your Name opposite Timothée Chalamet. He went on to earn roles in several critically-acclaimed films between 2018 and 2020, including Sorry to Bother You.
After 10 years of marriage, Hammer’s wife filed for divorce after she learned he allegedly was unfaithful, Insider reported. “It has been an incredible journey, but together, we’ve decided to turn the page and move on from our marriage,” the couple said in a statement, calling each other “best friends” and “soulmates.”
More cracks appeared in Hammer’s personal life after dozens of unverified screenshots of messages he allegedly sent to multiple women via social media were publicly shared on an anonymous Instagram account. The shots showed the actor allegedly speaking about disturbing fantasies that included cannibalism and BDSM, according to Insider.
“Women approached me with their affair stories as we talked overwhelmed with grief for days and nights without sleeping or eating, with some ending up in the ER,” the account’s administrator wrote at the time in an Instagram story. “We collectively decided we have to speak out after how we were treated and seeing how the women in 2020 were being treated by him. We cannot allow more women to endure what we are going through in the future."
The same month, model Paige Lorenze, who dated Hammer for about four months in 2020, also accused Hammer of sexual violence, claiming they participated in knife play during their relationship. “He would always tell me when he got back from the gym that he was bragging to his friends about carving an ‘A’ into me,” she told Page Six.
On Jan. 29, Hammer, who adamantly denied all the claims against him, dropped out of a movie project, Shotgun Wedding, as well as two television series, Gaslit and The Offer.
Chambers, 40, wrote on Instagram that she was “shocked, heartbroken, and devastated” by the allegations against her estranged ex. “Heartbreak aside, I am listening, and will continue to listen and educate myself on these delicate matters,” she wrote. “I didn't realize how much I didn't know.
“I support any victim of assault or abuse and urge anyone who has experienced this pain to seek the help she or he needs to heal,” she added.
That same month, Courtney Vucekovich told Page Six that Hammer talked about cannibalism with her. “He said to me he wants to break my rib and barbecue and eat it,” she claimed of the “chameleon” she said easily becomes “exactly who you need him to be.”
“He sucks out all the goodness you have left,” she continued. “That’s what he did to me. I gave and gave and gave until it hurt.”
“I wasn’t safe,” she added. “He kind of makes it like, ‘I’m going to teach you things.’ I’m smarter than that, but where was I during that? I knew the whole time. I had this gut feeling the whole time that this was not right. He’s not well.”
The allegations got more serious when one woman claimed Hammer “violently raped” her “for over four hours” in Los Angeles in April 2017, the accuser told The Independent in a statement. She alleged the actor “repeatedly slammed my head against a wall, bruising my face” and “also committed other acts of violence against me to which I did not consent.”
Hammer’s attorney adamantly denied the allegations in a statement to the publication, saying the actor “has maintained all his interactions with” the woman and “and every other sexual partner of his for that matter — have been completely consensual, discussed and agreed upon in advance.”
Hammer checked into a rehab facility in Florida. “I can confirm that Mr. Hammer has left the treatment facility and is doing great,” a lawyer for Hammer said in December 2021.
Rumors sparked that Hammer was working as a concierge at a resort in the Cayman Islands. A since-deleted Tweet showed photos of the actor's headshot being used in a resort pamphlet as a "personal concierge" to guests, the Los Angeles Times reported. People online speculated that the former actor was broke and now selling timeshares to support his family.
The flyer was confirmed to be fake and the resort confirmed Hammer was not a staff member.
Sept. 2, 2022
Discovery+ released House of Hammer, a three-part docuseries detailing Hammer's family dynasty and alleged abuse. The series features two of Hammer’s former girlfriends, Courtney Vucekovich and Julia Morrison, who each detail their relationships with Hammer, revealing disturbing details.
The docuseries also features Armie's aunt, Casey, who speaks about the generational trauma that affected the family and the abuse she suffered at the hands of her family.
Sept. 22, 2022
Armie's ex-wife, Elizabeth Chambers, spoke out on House of Hammer, telling E News, "It was obviously heartbreaking on so many levels and very painful. But at the same time, it exists. The past is the past and all we can do is take this as a moment to learn and listen, and hopefully process and heal in every capacity," CNN reported.
In the interview, she said that Hammer "has been focused on his healing," adding that she's "here to support that process."
One of Armie Hammer's accusers took to an anonymous Instagram account to call out Chambers for her comments. According to People, the woman shared a series of messages on her Instagram story allegedly between her and Chambers in which Chambers appears to encourage Effie to go public with claims against her ex. She allegedly told her that a declaration from Effie could get Hammer put in jail.
At the end of her Instagram story, Effie wrote, "Just some things to keep in mind before anyone else keeps wishing rapists 'healing'."
Chambers continues to state that "the safety and well-being of their children remains her priority," People reported.
The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office began reviewing claims of sexual assault made against Hammer.
On May 31, 2023, the LA District Attorney’s Office announced that Hammer will not face charges following their investigation into the sexual assault allegations.
Following the announcement, Hammer posted a statement to Instagram:
“I am very grateful to the District Attorney for conducting a thorough investigation and coming to the conclusion that I have stood by this entire time, that no crime was committed. I look forward to beginning what will be a long, difficult process of putting my life back together now that my name is cleared.”
For more on the allegations against Hammer and the Hammer family, stream House of Hammer on Max.