For weeks now, industry insiders have been teasing a forthcoming Armie Hammer exposé featuring wild insight into his alleged cannibalism and abuse. But after speculation mounted, a source claimed that the article had been pulled.
Then yesterday, someone wrote in to celebrity gossip Instagram, @Deuxmoi, claiming that a different Armie Hammer piece would be arriving today. And wouldn’t ya bloody know it, they were right, ‘cos this morning we woke up to a huge-ass exposé by Vanity Fair.
The article is titled The Fall of Armie Hammer and it charts the rise and fall of the actor, featuring commentary from a variety of sources, including his family, his tortured exes and a bunch of people who wish to remain anonymous.
Credit: Vanity Fair.
Here are a bunch of wild Armie Hammer revelations spilled in the Vanity Fair article.
1. Armie Hammer has been making gruesome references for years
Straight off the bat, the piece points out that Armie Hammer has been making subtle nods to his cannibalistic tendencies for years.
Last September, he told British GQ that he hasn’t handled lockdown very well, saying: “I came very close to completely losing my mind.”
He compared himself to a trapped wolf who wants to “chew his own foot off.”
Shortly after the allegations went live earlier this year, folks did a deep-dive of Armie Hammer’s Instagram and Twitter and found a slew of disturbing posts. It was as if he was hiding in plain sight this whole time.
The magazine also points out that Armie Hammer was “perhaps more unfiltered than he or anyone realised,” before sharing a bunch of suss comments he’s made to interviewers in the past.
To Elle: “One chick tried to stab me when we were having sex.… She was like, ‘True love leaves scars. You don’t have any.’ And then she tried to stab me with a butcher knife.” He continued to date her for seven months.
Also to Elle: He got into a violent incident with a homeless man. “My wife says I have a frontal lobe issue. Your frontal lobe controls your danger response, like, ‘Whoa, I shouldn’t be doing this.’”
To Details: He recounted his boozy Bachelor party, complete with “a giant tequila bottle full of gasoline” and a machine gun.
To Playboy: “I used to like to be a dominant lover. I liked the grabbing of the neck and the hair and all that. Then you get married and your sexual appetites change….You can’t really pull your wife’s hair. It gets to a point where you say, ‘I respect you too much to do these things that I want to do.’”
2. His marriage ended because he ditched his family at the height of the pandemic
Armie Hammer had been quarantining at a luxury villa in the Cayman Islands with his father, Michael, his stepmother, Misty, his two young children, and his missus, Elizabeth Chambers.
As previously stated, he didn’t speak fondly of their lockdown situation and was so “desperate” to “escape,” that he booked a flight back to the U.S.
A mate of Elizabeth’s told the publication that his decision to ditch his family during a global pandemic and fly back to the U.S. solo was “the final straw in a marriage that had already been tested by infidelity.”
Armie Hammer’s once-happy family. (Credit: Instagram)
3. Soon after, he began dating “a series of short-term girlfriends”
She filed for divorce in July, then by January, he had “rebounded romantically with a series of short-term girlfriends and was ready to face the world anew.”
At the time, Armie Hammer tweeted:
“2021 is going to kneel down before me and kiss my feet because this year I’m the boss. 2020 was a cheap shot no one was expecting. Now I know what we are up against and it’s time to go to war.”
4. Sins of the fathers
The article goes on to detail the dark history of the Hammer family and the many, many, many scandals they’ve been embroiled in, dating all the way back to Armie’s great-great-grandfather, Dr. Julius Hammer in 1919.
This is not totally new information and has always been available to the public, but its rehashing in this piece to give readers an idea of the family Armie Hammer was born into certainly provides some context here.
5. Armie’s father’s sex throne
Apparently Armie Hammer’s father, Michael Hammer, proudly “boasted” about a sex throne or “naughty chair,” as he referred to it, that he kept at the headquarters of the family company, Armand Hammer Foundation.
One former friend, who knew of the sex throne, said that, when he heard about Armie’s alleged kinks, “I was not the least bit surprised.”
6. He’s been arrested before
I’ve seen loads of former interviews resurface amid all the allegations, but I haven’t seen this one: In 2018, Armie Hammer sat down with Conan O’Brien where he revealed he was arrested in 2011—the same year that Michael was pulled over for a DUI in Santa Barbara.
Apparently Armie and his mate had been doing deliveries for Elizabeth’s bakery, Bird, through Texas when their truck was pulled over and a sniffer dog detected marijuana.
Armie ended up spending a night in jail, where he says: “The inmates were great,” but “the guards were real assholes.”
7. The Call Me By Your Name director knew he was troubled
Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino, who hand-picked Armie Hammer for the 2017 Oscar-winning indie film, Call Me By Your Name, said he cast Hammer in the lead role because he was both good-looking and noticeably troubled.
“It’s not just that he’s beautiful-looking,” said the filmmaker. “It’s that plus his inner turmoil that is fascinating to me.”
8. Armie Hammer’s mother refused to watch his big break
The actor told Andy Cohen that his religious mother, Dru, would not watch Call Me By Your Name because of the same-sex relationship that’s conveyed in the film.
“It goes against a lot of her very strong religious beliefs,” he said.
9. Elizabeth was aware of his kinks, but tried to explain them away
A friend of Elizabeth’s said that Armie would “throw himself into hobbies with great intensity” when he wasn’t working. Said hobbies included his obsession with shibari, a Japanese bondage art form.
The insider added that Elizabeth tried to “find a lucrative spin on the obsession,” as Vanity Fair put it.
“She suggested he write a book about a hobby called Why Knot?” the unnamed friend told the publication.
10. Armie cheated shortly after their son was born
An insider claimed that Armie admitted to cheating shortly after their son’s birth, but insisted that it was a one-time thing.
11. And later, again, with a co-star
Years later, apparently Elizabeth found proof that he was having an affair with a co-star.
Armie Hammer with ex Elizabeth Chambers. (Credit: Getty)
12. The couple began therapy
The Hammers underwent “expensive family therapy” but despite their best efforts, the marriage still fell apart, with the publication noting his cheating and his decision to leave the family during the pandemic as the reasons for the split.
13. Armie accidentally sent a message intended for his girlfriend to his missus
Upon landing in the U.S., after ditching his family during COVID, Armie Hammer allegedly sent a “raunchy text message” intended for one of his girlfriends to his wife, Elizabeth, prompting her to file for divorce shortly after.
14. History repeated itself
After their separation, Armie Hammer began partying and living it up as he was now free from his decade-long marriage. Mates close to the Hammers told the publication that Armie’s post-marriage behaviour mirrored his father, Michael’s.
Apparently after Michael split up with Armie’s mother, he became “involved a string of women, illicit substances, and tattoos.”
Michael, who is said to have had “the mindset of a teenage boy”, also allegedly took NSFW photographs of his sexual encounters and distributed them to his friends.
15. The tattoos
Armie suddenly copped more than five tattoos in a matter of months, which included an outline of the Caymans above his knee, a heart that was inked by the in-house tattoo artist at Kaia Gerber’s birthday party to match two teenage boys’, the letters “E.G.B.A.,” standing for “Everything’s gonna be alright,” and the word “chaos,” which one friend said: “I’m pretty sure he’s accomplishing that.”
16. And so begins Armie’s Hammers finsta
The publication then points to the fake Instagram account created by Armie Hammer, @el_destructo_86.
In one particular photo, we see him taking a drug test, and it’s captioned with: “All negative, bitches. My body is a finely tuned toxicant processing unit. To be fair I had THC and benzos in my piss. But who doesn’t.” Another photo showed a mannequin tied up, with the caption, “If quarantine doesn’t start moving more quickly I’m going to fuck this thing.”
17. Armie Hammer lured women in with “his charm”
Vanity Fair spoke with two women who describe being “intoxicated by his charm” and his “Romeo and Juliet-style romantic proclamations, teary family confessionals, and kinky bedroom scenarios with disorienting ease.”
According to his ex girlfriend Courtney Vucekovich, Armie was on a flight out of the Cayman Islands when he messaged her on Instagram for the first time.
Hammer described his intense situation with his family, including “near-fist fights with his father and a short-lived escape plan that involved taking a fishing boat to Cuba.”
“Within the first five minutes, he was basically like, this all goes back to my horrible childhood,” said Vucekovich, the owner of an on-demand glam app called FLASHD. “It’s not the most romantic thing, but we bonded over past trauma.”
18. He often lied about his sexual kinks
Vucekovich said that “one of the most shocking things, that I realised he did to other women, is he says that he never tied up a human being before, only mannequins,” she said.
“I remember thinking, like, That’s got to be true because that’s the weirdest fucking thing I’ve ever heard. Who would lie about that? That’s weirder than saying, ‘I tied up 25 people.’”
19. Courtney Vucekovich sought treatment over her relationship with Armie Hammer
Vucekovich describes one particular encounter that “left her with regret”. Armie, who had allegedly been drinking heavily, is said to have talked her into “a bondage scenario that I was not comfortable with.” He sulked, “cold and angry,” to convince her, and then, she said, “I eventually consented and really regretted doing so.”
The relationship ended in September, and she checked herself into a treatment program for trauma.
20. “A lot of really dark stuff”
In September the then 22-year-old Paige Lorenze met Armie and was coaxed in by his emotional retelling of his family drama.
“A lot of really dark stuff,” Lorenze said. “I felt confused why he was telling me this stuff so instantly…It was stuff I would never share off the bat… He said his grandfather was this kind of very scary person who had these crazy sex parties where there would be guns.
He thought it was cool and was proud of him in a way.”
Armie later took her to meet his mother, the infamous time that she spoke of “the devil” trying to “take” Armie.
21. Armie Hammer’s people blame @deuxmoi
An insider adds that the people in Armie Hammer’s camp, which no longer includes his agent or management as they subsequently ditched him, blame the scandal on celebrity gossip Instagram, @deuxmoi, which published unverified allegations about the actor to its followers.
22. Armie’s camp thinks the timing is “suspicious”
Apparently Armie Hammer’s people think that the timing of all of this being released close to his divorce proceedings is “suspicious.”
23. “Don’t go out after dark”
Armie’s aunt, Casey Hammer, is quoted quite a bit in the piece as she’s been very vocal about the struggle and pattern of abuse in her family. Apparently she recently received a text warning her to be careful.
“Don’t go out after dark,” a woman texted her. “If you do, go in a group. Park under a light and near a store entrance. Valet as much as you can. Be ‘aware’ and ‘beware.’ Always check to make sure you’re not being followed… Watch your surroundings for a stranger’s face that appears more than once.”
24. There are concerns for Elizabeth
A friend of the family says they’re “genuinely concerned” for Elizabeth amid the custody battle with the Hammers.
“I want to tell her to be careful,” the anonymous person said. “I hope she can just get off that island soon.”
Have a read of the full Vanity Fair piece on Armie Hammer here.