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Armie Hammer booked as suspect in rape-sexual assault case

Allegations against Hammer first surfaced in early January, and the actor has since left several projects and was dropped by his agency and his longtime publicist

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Published: 19th March 2021
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Hollywood actor Armie Hammer has been booked as a suspect by Los Angeles Police Department for alleged rape and sexual assault, hours after a 24-year-old woman accused him of rape and physical abuse.

A spokesperson for the LAPD told People magazine that the 34-year-old actor was booked in a case opened by the LAPD on February 3.

On Thursday, a woman who changed her name to Effie to hide her legal name from the public eye, formally accused Hammer of raping her in 2017. She also accused the actor of "physically, mentally, and emotionally" torturing her during their on-again-off-again relationship.

Effie's allegations against Hammer first surfaced in early January. In the following months, Hammer has left several projects and was dropped by his agency and his longtime publicist, too.

"During and since this attack, I have lived in fear of him and for a long time, I tried to dismiss his actions towards me as a twisted form of love. Now that he no longer has any power over me, I have come to understand that the immense mental hold he held over me was incredibly damaging on many levels," added Effie during a press conference with her lawyer.

Hammer, however, denied the accusations, and his lawyers told the publication that whatever happened between the two was completely "consensual."

"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. With the truth on his side, Mr Hammer welcomes the opportunity to set the record straight," said a statement from Hammer's lawyers.

"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 the ill-advised legal bid will only make it more difficult for real victims of sexual violence to get the justice they deserve," it added further.

Ever since Effie's allegations surfaced in the media, multiple women have come forward, including model Paige Lorenze, alleging Hammer was abusive during what they say began as consensual BDSM relationships.

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