Actor Armie Hammer. (Christopher Polk/Getty Images for The Critics’ Choice Awards )
Discovery+ has dropped the shocking trailer for the upcoming docuseries House of Hammer exploring the alleged sexual abuse crimes of actor Armie Hammer.
Warning: This article contains descriptions of sexual violence.
The three-part series will investigate the accusations that have plagued the former Hollywood star since 2021 when several women made allegations of abuse, rape, non-consensual BDSM and cannibalism. Hammer has continually denied these allegations.
The trailer, released on Wednesday (10 August) features interviews with Courtney Vucekovich and Julia Morrison, two of Hammer’s ex-girlfriends who allegedly experienced abuse at Hammer’s hands.
In the trailer the women share texts, screenshots and voice messages they claim the Call Me by Your Name star sent them.
A text message, allegedly written by Armie Hammer, read by Julia Morrison, goes: “I have a fantasy about having someone prove their love and devotion and tying them up in a public place at night and making their body free for use.”
A voice memo allegedly recorded and sent by Hammer is played in the trailer: “My bet was going to involve showing up at your place and completely tying you up and incapacitating you and being able to do whatever I wanted to every single hole in your body until I was done with you.”
The women claim that Hammer also sent texts that read, “I am 100 per cent a cannibal” and a handwritten note that said, “I am going to bite the f**k out of you.”
The new trailer also features Hammer’s aunt, Casey Hammer, who is a producer and consultant on the docu-series, directed by Elli Hakami and Julian P Hobbs.
Casey wrote a book called Surviving My Birthright in 2015 in which she claims her father abused her.
“I’m about to reveal the dark, twisted secrets of the Hammer family,” Casey Hammer says in the trailer.
The docu-series will extend beyond Hammer’s crimes and discuss his family and the scandals that have plagued each generation.
The Hammer history
Darkness and violence runs in the Hammer bloodline.
The actor’s great-great grandfather, Julius Hammer, was convicted of first-degree manslaughter when a Russian diplomat’s wife died after he performed an abortion on her in 1920.
In 1955, Julian Hammer killed a man inside his Los Angeles home over a gambling debt, but he claimed self-defence and the charges were dropped.
This documentary comes after Armie Hammer was exposed by women during the pandemic in 2021, who claim the actor was sending them disturbing messages.
Vucekovich, who said she experienced PTSD as a result of the experience, said she sought therapy: “You don’t want to take that trauma with you.”
Hammer was also accused of rape, which prompted the LAPD to start an investigation. Hammer has also denied this allegation.
‘Tip of the iceberg’
At the time of the rape allegation, Armie Hammer’s attorney, Andrew Brettler, told Variety: “From day one, Mr. Hammer has maintained that all of his interactions with [Effie, his former partner] — and every other sexual partner of his for that matter — have been completely consensual, discussed and agreed upon in advance, and mutually participatory.”
Hammer has since been removed from multiple film projects such as Jennifer Lopez’s romantic comedy Shotgun Wedding and the thriller Billion Dollar Spy. The actor was also dropped by his agency. He has since been in rehab for sex, drugs and alcohol issue and is now residing in the Cayman Islands.
A statement from Jason Sarlanis, president of crime and investigative content at Discovery+, as per Variety read: “The accusations of rape and abuse brought against Armie Hammer in the last few years are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the Hammer family.
“With House of Hammer, we witness truly disturbing details and sinister secrets that money and power couldn’t hide forever. This documentary provides an important platform for the incredibly courageous women who came forward to share their stories, and we hope their courage inspires others to continue meaningful conversations around abuse in our society.”
House of Hammer will premier on 2 September on Discovery+.