Armie Hammer cannibal allegations: Actor breaks silence revealing he is 'grateful' for career ending scandal

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Disgraced Hollywood actor Armie Hammer has opened up about allegations of sexual assault and cannibalism, explaining that he is ‘grateful’ for the claims that caused the death of his career.

Breaking his silence on the allegations for the first time, he spoke on the Painful Lessons podcast, reflecting on the cannibalism claims which surrounded him in 2021, calling them, “bizarre”. Hammer at the time was a well-known Hollywood star who had appeared in movies such as Death on the Nile (2022), The Social Network (2010) and Call Me By Your Name (2017).

The former actor has now revealed that he is “grateful” for everything he has been through over the last three years. Addressing the cannibal claims directly he said: “People called me a cannibal, and everyone believed them. They’re like, ‘Yep, that guy ate people’.”

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He continued with a laugh: “Like what? What are you talking about? Do you know what you have to do to be a cannibal? You have to eat people! How am I going to be a cannibal?! It was bizarre.”

Hammer continued: “Even in the discrepancies, in whatever it was that people said, whatever it was that happened, I’m now at a place in my life where I’m grateful for every single bit of it.” Explaining that he “never knew how to give myself love” or “self-validation” prior to the allegations, because he “had this job where I was able to get it from so many people”.

He added: “I’m actually now at a place where I’m really grateful for it because where I was in my life before all of that stuff happened to me. I didn’t feel good. I never felt satisfied, I never had enough. I never was in a place where I was happy with myself - where I had self-esteem.”

Armie Hammer speaks onstage during the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 23, 2019 in Santa Monica, California.  Picture: Tommaso Boddi/Getty ImagesArmie Hammer speaks onstage during the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 23, 2019 in Santa Monica, California.  Picture: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images
Armie Hammer speaks onstage during the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 23, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. Picture: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images | Getty Images

Hammer explained that the allegations caused “an ego death, a career death.” He said: “It’s almost like a neutron bomb went off in my life. It killed me, it killed my ego, it killed all the people around me that I thought were my friends that weren’t - all of those people, in a flash, went away. But the buildings were still standing. I’m still here, I still have my health, and I’m really grateful for that.”

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In 2021, Hammer was accused of sexual assault and improper behaviour by multiple women after messages he had allegedly sent outlining graphic sexual fantasies including cannibalism were released on social media. Following the claims he was dropped by his agency WME and from numerous projects including Jenifer Lopez’s Shotgun Wedding.

What were Armie Hammer allegations?

Messages that reportedly came from Hammer were released in January 2021 by an anonymous Instagram account called House of Effie. The messages, which looked like they were sent from Hammer’s official Instagram account, described graphic sexual fantasies and included references to acts of rape, violence and cannibalism.

In one message, Hammer allegedly asked a partner if he could “cut off one of your toes and keep it with me in my pocket so I always had a piece of you in my possession”. In another, he reportedly described himself as “100% a cannibal”.

On January 25, 2021, Page Six published an interview with Hammer’s ex-girlfriend Paige Lorenze, whom he had dated for four months when he was 34 years old and she was 22.

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She said that the actor would engage in knife play, cutting her underwear off and placing it “all over” her body. In one incident, he allegedly carved the letter A near her vagina. She said: “I kind of sat back and let it happen. I didn’t really know what to do or say… As sad as that is, I wanted him to like me and feel like I was down for what he wanted.” Whilst, another of Hammer’s ex-girlfriends Courtney Vucekovich also told Page Six that he “quickly grooms you into a relationship”.

At the time, Hammer denied all of the allegations against him, including sending the messages which were attributed to him on social media.

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