Armie Hammer: Chilling Details About His Past & Family History

Trigger warning: The following article contains language about sexual abuse and cannibalism.

In early 2021, Armie Hammer was exposed for being the not-so-golden-boy that everyone thought he was. Multiple women came forward and made shocking accusations against Hammer: grooming, abuse, and even sexual assault. Hammer was wise to remain out of the spotlight, garnering rumors that he became a timeshare salesman in the place he was raised, the Cayman Islands.

Much to the astonishment of the public, Hammer gave an explosive interview to AirMail in 2023, unveiling a bit of childhood trauma that no one saw coming. While he took some accountability for his past actions, he does not address the rape accusation as it's still being investigated by the LAPD, as of this writing. Hammer admitted, "I would have these younger women in their mid-20s, and I'm in my 30s. I was a successful actor at the time. They could have been happy to just be with me and would have said yes to things that maybe they wouldn't have said yes to on their own. That's an imbalance of power in the situation."

While this is hardly an apology, Hammer is addressing his actions in calling himself, "an a**hole," but not fully admitting to any wrongdoings. He continues to live a sober lifestyle, even acting as a "sober companion" to someone who just left rehab. Hammer also had the guts to state that the "woke mob" didn't provide people like him a chance for vindication. Cry us a river, Armie — it appears that this chilling behavior runs in your family.

If you or anyone you know has been a victim of sexual assault, help is available. Visit the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network website or contact RAINN's National Helpline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).

Armie Hammer's former wife says 'he was the worst'

About a week after her disgraced ex-husband spoke out for the first time to Airmail, Elizabeth Chambers opened up to Elle to share her side. In a September 2020 interview with British GQ, Hammer complained about how hard quarantining was for him, even making remarks like, "[I felt like] a wolf who wanted to chew his own foot off." Recalling living in the Caymen Islands with Hammer, their children, and his parents during a majority of the COVID-19 pandemic, Chambers remembered, "he was the worst."

Chamber says that Hammer made the decision to leave the family and go back to California, testing their already broken marriage. "My heart was broken in nine million pieces, and I still drove him to the airport," Chambers sadly told Elle. She filed for divorce in July 2020, knowing about his affairs with women online, but could have never dreamt of what was about to be revealed concerning the father of her children. After learning about his many accusers, his BDSM and cannibalistic nature, Chambers was floored. "I was learning things as the public was. I was like, 'There are no words. What the f**k?'"

If you or anyone you know has been a victim of sexual assault, help is available. Visit the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network website or contact RAINN's National Helpline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).

Armie Hammer claims to have been molested at 13

There were a handful of women that bravely came forward to warn others about what they endured in dating Armie Hammer. Entrepreneur Courtney Vucekovich and model Paige Lorenze both described Hammer's behavior towards them as abusive, kink-based and humiliating — and that's being polite. Additionally, a woman named "Effie" Angelova accused him of violently raping her in 2017.

If you watched the documentary on Discovery+, "House of Hammer," you'll learn that this type of behavior is very common for the men in the Hammer family, dating back to his great grandfather, Armand. Armie's grandfather Julian, was accused of beating his wife and sexually molesting his daughter (Armie's aunt, Casey). However, Armie doesn't seem to attribute any of this to his current behavior — he drops a bomb during the Airmail interview, and explains that he was sexually molested by his youth pastor at the age of 13. He explains, "What that did for me was it introduced sexuality into my life in a way that it was completely out of my control. I was powerless in the situation. I had no agency in the situation. My interests then went to: I want to have control in the situation, sexually."

While it's not an excuse for his vile behavior, this may help the public understand how Hammer's brain works when it comes to his aggressive sexual ways.

If you or anyone you know has been a victim of sexual assault, help is available. Visit the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network website or contact RAINN's National Helpline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).

Armie Hammer contemplated death by suicide, but thought of his kids

The public was quick to judge Armie Hammer amid the claims by Courtney Vucekovich, Paige Lorenze, and "Effie" Angelova. In addition to these allegations, disturbing DM's that Hammer sent other women on Instagram surfaced as well, alluding to cannibalism, BDSM, and other chilling sexual behavior. One odd DM read, "I feel like the same way you are on one side of the slave spectrum, I am on the other side of the master spectrum and I can't ever imagine another slave." Not concerning at all — please note our sarcasm.

Hammer quickly went into hiding on the Cayman Islands, and was exiled in Hollywood and beyond. Hammer was dropped by his agency, WME, plus Lionsgate announced that he would no longer be playing opposite Jennifer Lopez in their upcoming romantic comedy, "Shotgun Wedding." His Aunt Casey then worked with Discovery+ to release the documentary, "House of Hammer," with his actual victims, like Courtney Vucekovich, speaking out against him on camera. His life was quickly unraveling. He shared with Airmail that it was around this time that he contemplated death by suicide, but thought of his two children, Harper Grace and Ford Armand Douglas. "I just walked out into the ocean and swam out as far as I could and hoped that either I drowned, or was hit by a boat, or eaten by a shark. Then I realized that my kids were still on shore, and that I couldn't do that to my kids." 

If you or anyone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline​ by dialing 988 or by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255)​.

Armie Hammer's grandfather, Julian, is an alleged murderer

The Hammer family managed to keep most of their dark and dangerous past hidden from the public for quite some time, until Armie Hammer's aunt, Casey (above), decided to publish a memoir titled, "Surviving My Birthright." Casey revealed many of the terrible memories she had blocked out from her childhood which ultimately allowed her to heal from her unique (and sometimes violent) upbringing. Casey spoke in detail about her father, Julian — Armie's grandfather. Perhaps one of the biggest bombshells was how he got away with murder.

According to Vanity Fair, in 1955, mere hours after Julian Hammer had celebrated his 26th birthday; he allegedly murdered a man in cold blood. Why? The man reportedly made a move on his wife and they argued over a gambling debt. This all took place at Julian's home in Los Angeles, California. Armie's great grandfather, Armand, quickly jumped in to ensure his son was not prosecuted for this — he had an associate deliver $50,000 in cash to a lawyer to solidify all charges to be dropped. Julian claimed self-defense, and what do you know? All the charges were, in fact, dropped.

Casey Hammer also noted that her grandfather Armand seemingly couldn't be bothered with Julian as he caused too much trouble for the family; outward appearances meant a lot to Armand.

Julian Armand Hammer offered his son $1 million for his girlfriend

Armie Hammer's grandfather Julian was not only accused of allegedly murdering someone, but also of sexually abusing his daughter Casey at a very young age. Casey even recalled him putting a gun to her head after a party when he was very much under the influence — and that's only the tip of the iceberg for Julian Hammer. 

Casey remembered one particularly disturbing fight between her brother, Michael (above, left), and Julian. Julian legitimately offered Michael $1 million for his girlfriend. She recounted in the docuseries, "House of Hammer," "My brother, it was like a monster unleashed. They both said, 'I'm going to kill you,' and they ran outside. When I finally circled the building, I saw police had separated them." Michael's girlfriend eventually left with Julian as she wanted to "tame the situation." Sure enough, the two wound up playing house together for 8 months. Gross.

Casey Hammer is a true survivor of this family, and hopes the stories that she shares can help others. She boldly told Deadline,  "As a survivor I want to help empower others to speak up and know that they are heard."

If you or anyone you know has been a victim of sexual assault, help is available. Visit the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network website or contact RAINN's National Helpline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).

Armie Hammer would force his dates to do things against their will

In the 2023 Airmail interview, Armie Hammer admitted that there was an imbalance of power in all his relationships; even attributing this to the fact he was molested at the age of 13. In addition to multiple women coming forward and exposing his aggressive dominating behavior, Hammer's friends are noting certain exploits that do not add up.

Hammer's co-worker who wanted to remain anonymous (it appears that they could have been in an assistant), recalled during the "House of Hammer" docuseries several instances where Hammer appeared to be very creepy and even dangerous. He noted that Hammer would drive maniacally down the street at almost 140 miles per hour, purposely scaring him, and was possibly under the influence. In another instance, Hammer forced him into getting a lap dance at 10 a.m. on a Tuesday morning as they left a film set after a shoot; several members of the cast and crew wanted to go to a strip club. The man recounts, "I was very against it, I didn't want to do it. He made me believe that I had no choice. I could've walked away, but I was scared of the stature of it all."

Courtney Vucekovich had an experience with Hammer that she says left her "traumatized." Vucekovich also revealed in the doc, "It's very degrading and very belittling. I don't like to put it out there."

If you or anyone you know has been a victim of sexual assault, help is available. Visit the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network website or contact RAINN's National Helpline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).

Armie Hammer's father, Michael, had a sex throne

When we think of Michael Hammer, the phrase "Sins of the Father" immediately comes to mind. Armand Hammer chose to leave his business empire to grandson Michael over his own son, Julian — a seemingly savage move. While Julian clearly wasn't the best role model, it appears that Michael wasn't the best for Armie, either.  It's been said that Michael used to frequently send photos of his sexcapades to his friends, and one can assume his friends certainly never requested these photos.

Additionally, Michael reportedly had a sex throne at the Armand Hammer Foundation, and used to frequently brag about it. Vanity Fair reported that it was also known as the "naughty chair," and was said to be almost seven feet high. There is supposedly an infamous photo of Michael sitting on top of the chair, holding the head of a blonde woman sitting in a cage — both of them smiling. How creepy! How was Armie ever supposed to have a healthy upbringing when things like this existed in his world? 

Vanity Fair also reached out to the counsel of the Hammer Family to ask about the sex throne, to which they called it an "unsolicited gag [gift] sent by friends." Not in our experience, but we didn't grow up a Hammer. It's been noted that Michael turned to Christianity briefly after marrying wife Dru, and was a large donor to many Christian organizations.

Armie Hammer carried a machete around as a child

Armie Hammer once boasted to Details magazine about his upbringing in the beautiful Cayman Islands — comparing himself to the likes of Mark Twain's fictional mischievous character, Tom Sawyer. He also told Cosmopolitan in 2011, "I grew up in the Cayman Islands. I didn't play video games. I would come home from school, throw down my backpack, grab my machete, and go hike and chop down trees to make a fort."  Knowing what we know now, the machete part is concerning.

Hammer claims that despite his families' wealth, he was raised humbly by mother Dru Mobley. He explained to British GQ, "My mother's parents grew up in the Depression in Oklahoma ... She didn't allow us to be raised like we were wealthy. We were never just told, 'Hey, here's [some cash]' ... If our friends were getting a $10 allowance, she would make a point of giving us $7."

Hammer also told GQ that he more or less turned his back on his family's wealth when he chose to be an actor over going into the family business. "Now, let's be clear here, as we're being honest and candid. Would I have a safety net, where I could go to my parents, who are now separated, and ask for help if I couldn't pay my rent? Like, 'I need your help.' Do I have the opportunity to do that? Yes. Would I ever do that? No."

Armie Hammer has a dangerous BDSM fetish

No one is saying a fetish or kink is a crime — that is, until your it goes too far. That's exactly the road that Armie Hammer was heading down when his alleged rape victim "Effie" leaked some of his creepy messages, confirming that he is in fact, a cannibal (in his own words). 

"I am 100% a cannibal. I want to eat you," read one of the reported messages. Another said, "You just live to obey and be my slave. 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?"  Additionally, victim Julia Morrison explained on the "House of Hammer" doc that she met Hammer on Instagram, where he began sending her messages about wanting to tie her up with rope. Eventually, the messages became more disturbing as he referred to Morrison as his "pet" or "slave." Courtney Vucekovich recalled Hammer leaving her a note that said he wanted to "bite the f**k out of her. " All of the above are forms of BDSM that require the consent of both parties — not just one. 

Armie Hammer seems to be a deeply disturbed individual that is thankfully getting the help he needs — let's hope his survivors are able to do the same.

If you or anyone you know has been a victim of sexual assault, help is available. Visit the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network website or contact RAINN's National Helpline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).