Earlier today Armie Hammer was accused of rape by a woman identified as Effie (i.e., “houseofeffie“). The charge was voiced at a press conference with attorney Gloria Allred in attendance. The LAPD is now investigating the accusation.

Effie said the alleged sexual assault took place on 4.24.17. Hammer “violently raped” her “for over four hours,” she said, and repeatedly “slapped” her head against a wall.

Indiewire excerpt: “Now 24 and living in Europe, Effie said she met Hammer when she was 20; She says [they] had an on-again, off-again relationship between 2016 and 2020.”

“I thought he was going to kill me,” Effie said. “I have come to understand that the immense mental hold he had over me was very damaging on many levels.”

Effie apparently didn’t specify when their relationship ended in ’20, but by her own account she continued to see Hammer “off and on” for at least another two and two-thirds years after the 4.24.17 incident. One could be forgiven for presuming, given Hammer’s allegedly kinky appetites, that other sexual encounters he had with Effie were not on the tender, gentle side.

Response from Hammer’s attorney: “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. 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.”

From Julie Miller‘s “The Fall of Armie Hammer: A Family Saga of Sex, Money, Drugs, and Betrayal,” posted on VanityFair.com on 3.11.21:

“No criminal charges or lawsuits have been filed against tHammer. Those in Armie’s camp mainly blame the scandal on the unverified gossip account @deuxmoi, which published and proliferated its Armie claims to more than 750,000 users in January.

“If Armie is guilty of anything, [a] friend says, it’s having a penchant for super-kinky sex.

Victoria Hartmann, author of ‘I Love Dead People: Inside the Minds of Death Fetishists’, told GQ that most people into cannibalism role play are not interested in actually harming anyone. Because of the confusion and taboos, Armie’s friend thinks that the actor is being unfairly targeted and embarrassed.

“He did some stupid things,” admitted [a] person who has known Armie and his family for more than 20 years. But there is a difference between stupidity and criminal behavior, they continued. “You don’t send messages like that if you’re a famous movie star. You know your boundaries. Given his family history I’m sure there is some damage there, but he is basically a sweet man—who apparently likes kinky sex.”