A woman named Effie has accused Armie Hammer of violently raping her and of physical, mental and emotional abuse.
Effie, 24, who didn’t release her last name, is believed to be the woman behind the House of Effie Instagram account that first made allegations against Armie Hammer on social media. She appeared alongside her attorney at a press conference to accuse him of rape and abuse during an on-and-off four year relationship that began when she was 20.
“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,” she said over Zoom. “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.”
Effie said she met Hammer on Facebook in 2016 and that she “fell in love with him instantly.”
“He would often test my devotion to him,” Effie said. “He abused me mentally, emotionally and sexually,” she said.
“The relationship progressed rapidly, and the emotions from both sides became really intense. 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, slyly removing and crossing my boundaries, as he became increasingly more violent.”
“I tried so hard to justify his actions, even to the point of responding to him in a way that did not reflect my true feelings,” she claimed. “I have lived in fear of him, and I have tried to dismiss his actions as a twisted kind of love. His abuse traumatized me.”
The photograph above was shared by Effie’s lawyer Gloria Allred and shows Effie and Hammer, prior to the assault, outside the WME agency in Los Angeles where Hammer was formerly a client. Allred would not comment on whether her client was behind the social media account.
Hammer’s attorney denied the claims in a statement minutes after the press conference saying: “[Effie’s] own correspondence with Mr. Hammer undermines and refutes her outrageous allegations. As recently as July 18, 2020, [Effie] sent graphic texts to Mr. Hammer telling him what she wanted him to do to her,” the statement read. “Mr. Hammer responded making it clear that he did not want to maintain that type of relationship with her.
“It was never Mr. Hammer’s intention to embarrass or expose [Effie’s] fetishes or kinky sexual desires, but she has now escalated this matter to another level by hiring a civil lawyer to host a public press conference,” the statement continued. “With the truth on his side, Mr. Hammer welcomes the opportunity to set the record straight.
“From day one, Mr. Hammer 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] attention seeking and ill-advised legal bid will only make it more difficult for real victims of sexual violence to get the justice they deserve.”
Effie is one of several women to accuse Hammer of abuse that includes fantasies about cannibalism, manipulation and physical and emotional abuse.
Armie Hammer is currently in the Cayman Islands, in divorce proceedings with Elizabeth Chambers, his wife of 10 years and the mother of their two children.
Photography by Gloria Allred.