Effie alleged that Hammer, whom she’d met via Facebook in 2016, had repeatedly banged her head against the wall, beat her feet with a riding crop and “committed other acts of violence” without her consent.
The Los Angeles Times confirmed the same day that Hammer was being investigated by the LAPD’s sex crimes division.
Through his lawyer, Andrew Brettler, Hammer has strongly denied all the allegations, noting that all of his sexual encounters have been “completely consensual, discussed and agreed upon in advance and mutually participatory.”
Regarding the “Lone Ranger” star’s trip to rehab, a Hammer friend told Vanity Fair that people assumed the actor — who is the great-grandson of businessman and philanthropist Armand Hammer — had a “privileged life” where everything was “peachy keen.” But the outlet, which published a story in March about the family’s history, said many of the people its reporters had spoken to in recent months had alluded to unresolved trauma in Hammer’s life, as well as ongoing substance abuse.
“Just because you come from an upbringing where financial resources are plentiful doesn’t mean life isn’t without problems,” Hammer’s friend said.
However, Effie responded to the magazine after it published the rehab news Tuesday. “While I am glad that Armie is finally getting the help I begged him to get for so long,” she said in a statement, “this does not take away all of the immense pain and suffering he has caused me.”
Los Angeles Times staff writers Amy Kaufman and Richard Winton contributed to this report.
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