Armie Hammer has dropped out of the Broadway production The Minutes, completely clearing his slate of upcoming projects, following allegations of sexual assault.
The Minutes was originally supposed to premiere last March, but was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, along with every other title on Broadway.
Industry publication Variety reports the play is set to resume production during the 2021-2022 season, minus the disgraced actor.
Last month, the LAPD officially opened an investigation into a woman’s allegation that she had been sexually assaulted by Hammer in Los Angeles on April 24, 2017.
Hammer’s lawyer called the allegations “outrageous”, and the actor himself has denied all accusations of wrongdoing.
In a statement obtained by Variety, Hammer said that he has “loved every single second of working on The Minutes.”
“But right now I need to focus on myself and my health for the sake of my family. Consequently, I will not be returning to Broadway with the production.”
The Minutes team also released a statement, saying: “Armie remains a valued colleague to all of us who have worked with him onstage and offstage on The Minutes.
“We wish only the best for him and respect his decision.”
Hammer has been facing allegations of sexual violence and language since January, after a series of graphic DMs resurfaced on social media.
He soon walked away from the film Shotgun Wedding, co-starring Jennifer Lopez and Josh Duhamel, as well as The Offer, a series about the making of The Godfather.
Hammer was also dropped by his agency, William Morris Endeavour, and the film Billion Dollar Spy, where he was set to star alongside Mads Mikkelsen.
On April 1, Hammer’s role in the Gaslit series, opposite Julia Roberts, was officially recast with Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens taking over the part.
The actor is still slated to appear in Death on the Nile, the followup to 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express.
The film, which will be released in 2022, wrapped production before the allegations came to light.
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