VIXPLOITATION? Armie Hammer accuser says 'House of Hammer' documentary producers 'harassed' her
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: One of Armie Hammer's alleged victims called out the documentary House of Hammer' for exploiting her trauma without her permission. The documentary, which showed some of the accusers, premiered on Friday, August 2 on Discovery+.
The victim, identified as Effie, had shared messages sent by Hammer to multiple women on the Instagram account named @houseofeffie, as per The Insider. In a press conference in March 2021, Effie claimed he abused and sexually assaulted her during a four-year relationship.
In a statement to Insider, Hammer's attorney, Andrew Brettler, denied the allegations. The three-part docuseries focuses on more than five generations of deceit, abuse, addiction, and corruption by men of the Hammer Family and also chronicles the 'Call Me by Your Name' actor's fall from grace.
However, while speaking to the Los Angeles Times, Effie said she never wanted a part of it and felt "harassed" by producers. She said, "The way they've been exploiting my trauma is disgusting," adding, "When I keep screaming 'no' and they keep going, saying they don't need my permission, they remind me of Armie."
The outlet reported that while Effie didn't agree to be part of the series, her lawyer Gloria Allred did, which was unknown to Effie. The lawyer said to LA Times that the comments she made "on behalf of clients have been made because the statements were consistent with our representation, were authorized either explicitly or implicitly, and were made because I believed that the statements were in the client's best interests."
Effie's statements come after Hammer's ex-girlfriend, Paige Lorenze, also echoed similar sentiments about the documentary. While speaking on the 'Sofia with an F' podcast on Thursday, September 1, Paige said she decided not to participate because "the situation was traumatic."
Effie allegedly met the actor on Facebook in 2016. She has claimed that she was subjected to various forms of abuse during the course of her relationship with Hammer and accused him of raping her on April 24, 2017 for "four hours." The alleged victim “lost interest in living” and considered suicide as she couldn’t put up with the actor. “He became increasingly violent and I thought he was going to kill me,” she said.
The three-episode documentary is produced by Elli Hakami and Julian Hobbs of Talos Films. As per the LA Times, Hakami said they wanted to speak with women who had accused Hammer of sexual assault and physical abuse so as to help "break the cycles of abuse."
Even then, when Effie was first asked by production, she had said no. She told LA Times, "It is extremely inappropriate of you to exploit such a tragic, vulnerable time in many people's lives, with no regard whatsoever for our healing process and privacy."
If you are a survivor of sexual assault, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline (1-800-656-4673) or visit its website to receive confidential support.