Warning: This article contains details some may find disturbing.
Today Armie Hammer addressed allegations against him after messages allegedly sent by the Social Network star were leaked online.
The DMs, which were claimed to have been sent by Hammer, detailed disturbing sexual fantasies and BDSM, as well as allegations of cannibalism.
Several days after the allegations were first raised on social media, ‘Armie Hammer’ began trending, as many weighed in on the accusations levelled against the star.
In July last year Hammer split from his wife, Elizabeth Chambers, and the pair share two children.
In a statement released overnight, Hammer hit back at the claims, denying them and labelling them ‘bullsh*t’ and ‘vicious’.
At the same time, it also emerged he was stepping down from a role alongside Jennifer Lopez in Shotgun Wedding, citing his inability to be able to leave his family during such a period. He had also already left series Gaslit.
What are the allegations raised against Armie Hammer?
Earlier this week allegations were raised online, with screenshots shared that were allegedly written by Hammer, leaked by an anonymous account by the handle @HouseofEffie.
The messages speak of drinking blood, cannibalism and describe scenes of sexual control and ‘safe words’.
In one widely-circulated screenshot, Hammer’s account allegedly writes: ‘I am 100% a cannibal. I want to eat you.’
Other messages alleged to have come from Hammer’s account refer to the recipient as his ‘slave’, while another speaks of eating the still-warm heart of a recently-killed deer.
In one message, it read: ‘If I wanted to 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?’
Another woman has come forward alleging similar disturbing encounters with Hammer, claiming to be his ‘kitten’.
None of the messages alleged to have been sent by Hammer have been verified.
What has Armie Hammer said in regards to the allegations?
In a statement, Hammer detailed to Deadline: ‘I’m not responding to these bulls**t claims but in light of the vicious and spurious online attacks against me, I cannot in good conscience now leave my children for four months to shoot a film in the Dominican Republic.
‘Lionsgate is supporting me in this and I’m grateful to them for that.’
A production spokesperson added: ‘Given the imminent start date of Shotgun Wedding, Armie has requested to step away from the film and we support him in his decision.’
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