What's Happened To Armie Hammer Since He Got Canceled

The following references sexual misconduct allegations and addiction issues.

The MeToo movement has seen a seemingly endless list of celebs banished from our screens. Some, such as "That '70s Show" alum Danny Masterson, are having their day of reckoning in court. Others, such as Louis C.K. for instance, have raked in awards despite admitting to problematic NSFW behavior. And then there's Armie Hammer. Once the dashing star reminiscent of old school Hollywood hunks, allegations regarding Hammer's behind-the-scenes actions have sparked controversy, raised questions, and prompted a serious reassessment of the A-lister. For one thing, of all the accusations made about disgraced stars in the MeToo era, the cannibalism details aren't exactly something you just forget about and move on from. 

So, what does the future hold for Hammer? Well, we can't say for certain, but as of this writing, the fallout has not been insignificant. His Charmies may defend him, but the reevaluation of the actor has not let up. Here's the lowdown on what's happened to Armie Hammer since he got canceled.

Arnie Hammer's shocking DMs were exposed

Things were looking up for Armie Hammer in 2021. He was set to star in "The Offer," a drama based on the making of "The Godfather," and a "Call Me By Your Name" sequel was in the works. That all changed, however, when multiple women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct.

The controversy began in January 2021 when sexually violent Instagram messages Hammer supposedly sent to a woman, simply known as Effie, were leaked. Although he vehemently denied misconduct, more damning DMs began to surface. As seen in various messages sent to former lovers, Hammer appeared to express fantasies involving cannibalism and torture. In one disturbing DM, he wrote, "I am 100% a cannibal."

This led to a reexamination of Hammer's past remarks. The actor appeared to admit to having dangerous impulses in a 2013 Elle interview, divulging, "My wife says I have a frontal lobe issue. Your frontal lobe controls your danger response, like, 'Whoa, I shouldn't be doing this.'" Likewise, in an interview with Playboy (via ET), he admitted that he had too much respect for his wife, Elizabeth Chambers, to act on his fantasies. "I liked the grabbing of the neck and the hair and all that," he said. "You get married and your sexual appetites change." The latter led to debates as to whom Hammer deems "deserving" of respect, leading to further condemnation. New Statesman argued that Hammer reinforced the Madonna/whore complex with the remarks.

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In the wake of the controversy, his agents dumped him

There's perhaps no greater sign of a celeb's downfall than being dropped by an agent. Having no one who wants to represent you is, understandably, a great source of embarrassment for the once high flying rich and famous. A lack of representation can lead to an actor essentially becoming invisible in the Hollywood sphere, untouchable and unwanted. Thus, the calls regarding new projects stop coming in and the movie and TV offers inevitably disappear as a result. As Backstage noted, getting yeeted by an agent sure can sting. In Armie Hammer's case, the sting came swiftly. 

Indeed, Hammer's life was beginning to look like one endless downward spiral in the wake of his very public cancellation. Per The Hollywood Reporter, the actor's agency, WME, dropped him in February 2021. If that wasn't a big enough blow to his career, Hammer's publicist also cut ties with him, leaving the actor sans representation.

Although he didn't immediately respond to the news, Hammer previously claimed that his accusers are lying and plotting his downfall, branding the misconduct allegations false, per Variety. His lawyer, Andrew Brettler, echoed his clients claims, telling the outlet, "The stories being perpetuated in the media are a misguided attempt to present a one-sided narrative with the goal of tarnishing Mr. Hammer's reputation." As Rolling Stone noted, "[T]he industry has shunned Hammer at near-lightning speed," effectively making him persona non grata.

Armie Hammer was dropped from several projects

Armie Hammer's downfall continued as he was fired from several high profile productions. He was set to star in "Shotgun Wedding" opposite Jennifer Lopez, but was promptly dropped from the project in January 2021. Although he claimed that it was his decision to leave, there was likely immense pressure for him to step down. "In light of the vicious and spurious online attacks against me, I cannot in good conscience now leave my children for 4 months to shoot a film in the Dominican Republic," he said in a statement to Variety, adding, "Lionsgate is supporting me in this, and I'm grateful to them for that."

Two months later, The Hollywood Reporter announced that he was pulled from the thriller "The Billion Dollar Spy," in which he had been cast alongside Great Dane Mads Mikkelsen. Then, he was replaced by Noah Reid in the Broadway show "The Minutes." Soon after, he was dropped from the Paramount Plus series "The Offer," a dramatization of the making of "The Godfather." He was set to play producer Al Ruddy, a role that ultimately went to Miles Teller.

By the end of 2021, the career downfall showed no signs of slowing. Hammer was cast in Taika Waititi's soccer flick "Next Goal Wins," which focuses on the true story of the American Samoa team's fight to qualify for the World Cup. However, he was replaced by "Arrested Development" star Will Arnett.

Death on the Nile was a box office bomb

Armie Hammer's IMDb page hasn't grown since "Death on the Nile," which had wrapped long before the claims of sexual abuse surfaced. Prior to his downfall, Hammer had completed filming on the adaptation of Agatha Christie's classic mystery novel in which he portrayed Simon Doyle, a role previously played by the dashing Simon MacCorkindale in the 1978 production. However, since post-production was complete, the filmmakers couldn't pull a Ridley Scott and refilm the entirety of Hammer's scenes with a different actor; he might be cancelled, but the movie would carry on.  

Left with no choice but to release the film in spite of its star's sordid scandal, it bombed epically. The flick made a meager $12.7 million in its opening weekend; viewers' resistance to watching the disgraced star may have been compounded by the fact that he plays a womanizer whose devious behavior appears comparable to many of the abuse claims Hammer faces, albeit not as extreme. At the BAFTAs, Aussie actor Rebel Wilson quipped, "Kenneth Branagh is here. The only director not afraid to give Armie Hammer a job. Brave!"

Police began investigating the actor

Further claims were made regarding Armie Hammer's alleged kinks, but then came accusations of rape and abuse, which led to an LAPD investigation. Speaking with Page Six, the actor's ex, Courtney Vucekovich, claimed that Hammer said her wanted to eat her body parts, and was also partial to tasting blood. Another of his ex-girlfriends, Paige Lorenze, told the outlet that she was subjected to branding, which is a form of domestic violence. She claimed that the actor would boast to his pals about branding his lovers.

"I thought that he was going to kill me," said accuser Effie, who is being represented by Gloria Allred, per Insider. Effie alleged that she was subjected to sexual torture for four hours in 2017, adding that Hammer deliberately injured her feet so that she had no way of leaving. Eventually, Effie was able to flee the alleged torturous ordeal. Thereafter, she pressed charges against the actor, tearfully appearing at a press conference in which she detailed the alleged abuse she endured, per People. In a statement, Hammer said that these acts were part of consensual BDSM. One of his DMs, published by International Business Times, shows him apparently admitting to rape and enjoying making a woman cry, though this could have been a fantasy or part of role-play.

After nine months, the investigation ended in December 2021. According to TMZ, it's believed that Hammer will end up in the clear because the case supposedly is not airtight enough.

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Discovery+ picked up a doc about the Hammer family

Armie Hammer's family history is littered with scandal. The son of businessman Michael Armand Hammer, who died in November 2022, the actor comes from a wealthy, immensely privileged family. Indeed, his aunt Casey Hammer compared the clan to the Roys of "Succession."

Per The New York Times, Armie's great-great-grandfather, Dr. Julius Hammer, went to jail for manslaughter when a patient of his died after she underwent an illegal abortion. However, some accounts suggest his son (and Armie's great-grandfather), Armand Hammer, reportedly was the one who conducted the procedure, not Julius. Meanwhile, the actor's grandfather, Julian Hammer, killed his friend Bruce Whitlock over a debt dispute in 1955. Knoedler Gallery in New York, which was owned by the Hammer family from 1971 until its dissolution in 2011, was saw its fair share of drama over the years, including but not limited to selling art that was stolen by Nazis during World War II. What's more, Netflix released a documentary in 2021 about the fake works of art sold by the gallery. (While Michael was the owner of the gallery, he never got into legal trouble.) 

In September 2022, Armie was the subject of the Discovery+ documentary, "House of Hammer," which dug into his dark family history. The documentary features interviews with Armie's accusers, Paige Lorenz and Courtney Vucekovich, who detail the abuse allegedly inflicted by the actor. Moreover, the series uncovers accusations of workplace misconduct, with a former colleague alleging that Armie bullied and shamed him.

Stories about his financial situation emerged

It's not uncommon for once-thriving celebs to go bankrupt, particularly in the wake of a scandal. Despite being a relatively successful actor from an old money family, Vanity Fair reports Armie Hammer's financial situation isn't as cushy as one might expect. Even before his downfall, he was beset by money woes, with ex Paige Lorenze revealing that she had to pay for everything throughout their relationship. Hammer also once remarked that if he were to pay a debt owed to his "Call Me By Your Name" director Luca Guadagnino, he would be completely bankrupt. These financial difficulties have been compounded by his cancellation.

Speaking with Page Six, Hammer's ex Courtney Vucekovich even compared him to "The Tinder Swindler." Hammer would reportedly ask Vucekovich for cash all the time, insisting that he would reimburse her once he had the money. "If anyone swindled me it was this mother f***er," she said.

As Forbes points out, Hammer was never a particularly prominent movie star, but was treated as such due to his social privilege. But following the colossal flop that was "Death on the Nile," he has arguably shown that he is, as the outlet put it, "expendable." If Hammer was struggling prior to being canceled then the reality of having zero work for the foreseeable future will be his financial undoing.

The actor entered a rehab program

In June 2021, Vanity Fair reported that Armie Hammer had entered a Florida rehab program for struggles with drug, alcohol, and sex. Sources who spoke to TMZ said that the disgraced star was doing well following intervention. While there was no suggestion that the actor was set to admit to any of the misconduct claims he faced, insiders nonetheless divulged that Hammer conceded he needed help.

"Everyone looks at Armie thinking that he's had some sort of privileged life — and that must mean there were no problems in his youth and everything was peachy keen," a friend of Hammer's told Vanity Fair. "But that's not necessarily the way things go. Just because you come from an upbringing where financial resources are plentiful doesn't mean life isn't without problems."

Hammer was treated at the facility for nine months. After completing the program, The Sun reported that he was looking forward to getting his life back on track and spending quality time with his two kids. Entering rehab appeared to be one of the few perks in Hammer's post-canceled life. According to Page Six insiders, the star's mom is mighty proud of how far he's come and denied that her son had committed any of the acts he has been accused of. "She said he's done great in the last year, and none of these things are true," a source said.

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Armie Hammer wants to mend things with his wife

Following the revelations regarding Armie Hammer's private life, his wife of a decade and mother of his two children, Elizabeth Chambers, issued a statement condemning sexual abuse. "I didn't realize how much I didn't know," she wrote on Instagram. "I support any victim of assault or abuse and urge anyone who has experienced this pain to seek the help she or he needs to heal."

Per Vanity Fair, the couple were already having difficulties due to Hammer's infidelity. In one instance, Hammer accidentally sent his wife a thirsty text intended for one of his lovers. Subsequently, Chambers filed for divorce in 2020, before the cannibalistic screen captures were made public. In the wake of the scandal, she reportedly referenced Ted Bundy. Despite the gravity of the allegations, it's not yet over for Hammer and Chambers.

In February 2022, a source told People the couple are now attempting to mend their fractured relationship. "Elizabeth's priority has always been her children and their well-being. The past year hasn't been easy, but she and Armie have always had love for each other," the tipster said. "They're slowly figuring things out as a couple, but being parents to their two kids will always come first." Soon after, Chambers posted Insta snaps of Hammer and the couple's kids playing joyfully in a park.

These celebs have Armie Hammer's back

Regardless of the shocking accusations canceled celebrities may face, there will inevitably be people coming out to show support; even Harvey Weinstein had A-listers rushing to his defense. Armie Hammer may be canceled — for now, at least — but he knows that he can rely on some celebs to have his back.

In the immediate aftermath of Hammer's DMs being leaked, Bella Thorne spoke out. She didn't, however, speak out to condemn the allegedly problematic actions of a powerful man, but to stand in his corner. In an Instagram Story, Thorne flat out refused to believe that the allegations are true, even branding Hammer's accusers liars, resulting in a major backlash. "People are crazy to fake this kinda s***...this poor guy and his kids like leave him and his family alone. No way he's a freaking CANNIBAL," Thorne wrote. 

As Jessica Ciencin Henriquez, one of Hammer's exes, tweeted, "Maybe you should start questioning why we live in a culture willing to give abusers the benefit of the doubt instead of victims." Much like Thorne, Hammer's "Shotgun Wedding" replacement Josh Duhamel awkwardly offered his support, sending his condolences to the actor via email, per Man About Town. And in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Dakota Johnson slammed Hammer's vilification as nothing more than an example of cancel culture. "I feel sad for the loss of great artists," she said of her "Wounds" co-star. "But, yeah, cancel culture is such a f***ing downer."

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Armie Hammer has continued to date

Armie Hammer was always a hit with the ladies. It has been alleged that he had a rendezvous with his "Rebecca" co-star Lily James, which was supposedly the catalyst for his divorce. In his pre-alleged cannibal days, he was also linked to Rumer Willis. When his disturbing DMs were leaked, however, a very different image of the one-time heartthrob began to form.

But despite the claims of cannibalism and abuse, Hammer has managed to find new love since being canceled. In his first public sighting since the accusations, The Sun published snaps of Hammer and a mystery blond sunning themselves in the Cayman Islands. Per People, Hammer and the woman were spotted getting cozy on a staycation. It is believed that the initially unidentified woman is dental hygienist Lisa Perejma. "Armie's happier and healthier than I've seen him in a long time," a source told the Daily Mail. "He's even introduced her to his father and stepmother — it won't be long until she meets his kids." According to the outlet, Hammer had been liking a number of Perejma's racy Insta snaps prior to the pair hooking up. 

Alas, it was not meant to be. In 2022, The Sun reported that the twosome had split following Hammer's completion of his rehab program. They also unfollowed each other on Instagram, suggesting they perhaps didn't plan to be friends.

The items he left behind on moving day made headlines

According to Dirt, Armie Hammer and Elizabeth Chambers bought their luxury pad in the wealthy Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles in 2019. But following the abuse allegations that surfaced in early 2021, the former couple decided to sell up. Per The New York Post, they struggled to find anyone willing to purchase the property for the initial price of $5.8 million and were forced to take almost $1 million off the total. However, they still were unable to land anyone willing to take the Hammer house off their hands.

The following month, it was reported that Hammer finally found a buyer. In a rather curious move, the actor vacated his home in the dead of night. "Trucks and a gaggle of movers descended on the property, working well after midnight and lit only by flashlights," insiders told Page Six. But that wasn't the only detail that made headlines: In something straight out of a Hammer House of Horror, a mannequin torso that'd been tied with bondage rope was chucked in the trash and left out on the curb for the entire neighborhood to see.

Hammer had previously discussed his penchant for shibari, a form of Japanese robe-tying that was initially intended as a method of torture. Back in 2017, word got out that he'd liked bondage posts on Twitter. As sources revealed to Vanity Fair, shibari is one of Hammer's favorite hobbies and he would often practise on mannequins.

He hired a controversial lawyer to represent him

Considering Armie Hammer's admitted eccentricities, there is speculation as to whether his DMs are simply an extension of his fantasist tendencies or an admission of guilt to various crimes. Accordingly, he has sought legal representation. The actor's attorney is Andrew Brettler, who represents numerous high-profile men accused of sexual abuse, including Danny Masterson, Prince Andrew, and Chris Noth.

Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Brettler said that he wants to change public discourse around MeToo so that the emphasis is on men being presumed innocent as opposed to being tried in the court of public opinion, particularly when it comes to anonymous accusers. Since Hammer hasn't been charged with any crimes, Brettler has attempted to discredit the accusers by claiming that his client is the victim of a smear campaign.

"You have a well-known handsome actor being accused of salacious, kinky interactions with women," Brettler told Variety. "It captured the public's attention but was completely blown out of proportion — to the extent that there was never anything in court." Evidently, since he and his partners were into kink, it's difficult to prove sexual misconduct, and this is something that the actor and his attorney have latched onto as the basis of their defense. But as cannibal kink enthusiast Empress Wu told Rolling Stone, Hammer's DMs went beyond fetish. "That's pretty explicitly a consent violation, and that's the core of the issue," she said.

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The former A-lister transformed his look

In an apparent bid to distance himself from the monster his accusers claim he is, Armie Hammer has transformed his appearance. A photo shared by Hammer's pal Hughie Mann showed the star with a completely shaved head as he flipped the bird. He has also returned to Instagram, though he's set his account to private this time.

With a return to social media, it's possible that Hammer is planning a comeback. If other similarly canceled celebs are anything to go by, a career revival could very well be on the cards. It was, after all, just a few years ago that Kevin Spacey was banished from the Emmys, only to waltz his way down the streets of Rome for a bizarre poetry recital in 2019.

Long before Hammer's downfall came, BuzzFeed inadvertently predicted it via the article "Ten Long Years Of Trying To Make Armie Hammer Happen," which argued that as a privileged cis white man, Hammer would be afforded innumerable second chances in Hollywood. In hindsight, the piece serves as a reminder that regardless of what heinous acts powerful men in Hollywood allegedly commit, a comeback is rarely totally off the table. As argued by Variety, a glaring example of this is Mel Gibson: despite audio evidence of him berating his ex-partner, he has been given second, third, fourth, even fifth chances. Only time will tell if Hollywood will forgive Hammer like the men accused before him.

American Express sued Armie Hammer

In addition to losing out on lucrative TV and movie roles, Armie Hammer was struck by yet another blow when he was sued by American Express in the fall of 2022. Per TMZ, the credit card company claimed that Hammer, who co-owned an AmEx account with his ex-wife Elizabeth Chambers, owed a whopping $67,000 in various transfers, purchases, and cash advances. The debt reportedly relates to his impending divorce from Chambers, which has not been finalized as of writing. These debts help elucidate the disgraced star's apparent decision to take up a timeshare gig in the Cayman Islands. "His dad won't help him anymore and he's been cut off, so he got to work," an insider told People at the time, regarding the actor's seemingly never ending financial burdens.

Following the lawsuit, Hammer emerged from the woodwork in Los Angeles. In a rare paparazzi sighting, he sported an un-ironed T-shirt and jeans, resembling a scruffy shadow of his former A-list self as he battled mounting debt. The lawsuit was a familiar story in the Hammer saga, as the actor has long been renowned for his money woes. As noted in the previously mentioned Vanity Fair profile, he struggled to stay ahead of his finances even when he was at the top of his game in Hollywood.

By 2023, the lawsuit was reportedly resolved, with AmEx agreeing to dismiss its claim against Hammer. Though he may have escaped this snafu, the legal mess was only just beginning for the fallen star.

His ex-wife opened up about their difficult relationship

As is so often the case, the female partners of alleged sexual abusers end up getting dragged into the mess — and even blamed for the actions of the men in their lives. Unfortunately, many were quick to judge Elizabeth Chambers following revelations about her ex-husband's alleged sexual proclivities, as she revealed in a candid interview with Elle in 2023. Chambers has opened up about what it was like to live with a man who has been characterized as a monster by his myriad accusers. "He was the worst," she said, noting that Hammer opted to spend lockdown in California, rather than with his wife and kids in the Cayman Islands. Then came the allegations of cannibalism and sexual abuse. "I was learning things as the public was. I was like, 'There are no words. What the f***?'" she divulged.

In an apparent response to the trauma of her marriage, she is set to host a Discovery docuseries about toxic relationships. The series seeks to "empower victims with control of their own narratives," as insiders told Variety.

Moreover, it looks like Chambers encouraged one of her husband's accusers, Effie Angelova, to come forward, as a source explained to Us Weekly. Subsequently, the outlet published screenshots of texts supposedly between Angelova and Chambers, with the latter apparently stating that she believes her ex should be locked up in jail. "Do you think you could make a declaration this week? It will all be private," she told Angelova in another message.

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He broke his silence in 2023

Two years after the sexual misconduct accusations surfaced, Armie Hammer broke his silence. Subsequently, in his first interview since the allegations, he attempted to offer some insight into his behavior, telling Air Mail that he himself is a survivor of sexual abuse. The actor recounted having been molested by a pastor when he was 13. "What that did for me was it introduced sexuality into my life in a way that it was completely out of my control," he said. "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."

With regards to the sexual misconduct claims, Hammer insisted that he was innocent of little more than succumbing to Hollywood excesses. He did, however, confess to being an emotional abuser as opposed to a sexual predator. "I had a very intense and extreme lifestyle," he explained, "and I would scoop up these women, bring them into it... as soon as I was done, I'd just drop them off and move on to the next woman, leaving that woman feeling abandoned or used."

James Kirchick, who penned the interview, told outlet The Hill that Hammer was unfairly canceled and cast doubt on his accusers' allegations. However, as The Fine Print argues, Kirchick ran with the story without properly investigating the serious claims against the actor, seemingly in an attempt to paint Hammer as the real victim and to discredit the MeToo movement.

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The Los Angeles DA is investigating the sexual assault allegations

In April 2023, the Los Angeles District Attorney confirmed to CNN that the office is reviewing and potentially pursuing rape allegations against Armie Hammer. "We take allegations of violence against women very seriously and are thoroughly reviewing the matter," Tiffiny Blacknell, communications director for the DA, told People. The case is believed to relate to the aforementioned 2017 claims made by Effie Angelova, who accused Hammer of violent sexual assault.

The revelations came two months after Hammer told Air Mail that he did not rape any of his partners, insisting that he merely engaged in consensual BDSM roleplaying games. In fact, Hammer claimed that Angelova had not only lied about being raped, but had been complicit in violent sexual acts. "If I still had these messages, I would have been able to put this to bed in .5 seconds," he asserted. "This alleged rape was a scene that was her idea. She planned all of the details out, all the way down to what Starbucks I would see her at."

In a statement to CNN, Angelova lamented that Hammer had failed to take responsibility for his alleged crimes, but instead blamed her for supposedly initiating violent sex. "I am severely traumatized by Armie," she said. "I feel disgusted that he's not taking accountability for what he did to me, and that he's resorted to attacking me. Armie has no remorse." She added that Hammer was continuing to emotionally harm her years after allegedly raping her.

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).