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Armie Hammer’s Aunt praises women who come forward with shocking accusations about the fallen movie star.
The 36-year-old and his family are the subject of a Discovery+ docuseries called “House of Hammer” which will premiere on September 2. It promises to explore “the deeply disturbing accusations leveled against critically acclaimed actor Armie Hammer and the dark and twisted legacy of the Hammer dynasty.”
A trailer released ahead of the premiere showed Courtney Vucekovich and Julia Morrison sharing disturbing text messages and voice notes, allegedly from Hammer. He seemed to give explicit descriptions of his sexual fantasies involving cannibalism, rape, and bondage.
“I was proud of them for coming forward,” Casey Hammer, who served as a consultant for the special, told Fox News Digital. “The reason I wasn’t shocked was because of my experiences. I grew up with the multi-generational bad behavior of the Hammer men.”
“We were a very small family, but my grandfather controlled the narrative,” she said. “He controlled it like a chessboard where you were told what school you went to. You were told what car you drove. Basically you were tracked, filmed, recorded. It was a life under [a] microscope and you couldn’t go wrong in public or there were repercussions, and they were really bad. »
One of the text messages shown in the documentary read: “I have a fantasy about someone proving their love and devotion and tying them up in a public place at night and setting their body free to use. “
A handwriting, allegedly from Hammer, read, “I’m going to bite the f— out of you.” In an audio message, Hammer reportedly said, “My bet was going to involve showing up at your house and completely tying you down and incapacitating you and being able to do whatever I wanted in every hole in your body until I I’m done with this.”
In a text message, Hammer reportedly wrote that he was “100% cannibalistic”. Casey said she was disappointed that after it was published, the text quickly became a social media punchline.
“I think the emphasis was on the joke, right?” she explained. “It’s taken the attention away from the victims and that’s what’s really important here. I think these docuseries really highlight the fact that everyone is aware of that, that it’s deeper what they thought and it’s time for a change.”
“I applaud the women who have come forward,” she continued. “I applaud any woman who comes forward… To come face to face with such an audience, someone beloved to some extent that… it’s not easy to come forward. You get to a point where you feel like And it’s almost like you’re saying, “Enough, I’m sick of being broken and I’m going to do something about it. It’s empowering.”
Hammer’s father is Michael Armand Hammer, the grandson of oil tycoon Armand Hammer, who ran Occidental Petroleum Corp. The industrialist had ties to the Soviet Union and high-level associates including Prince Charles and former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. When Armand died in 1990, Michael inherited nearly all of his family’s business empire, which was reportedly worth more than $180 million.
Hammer’s great-great-grandfather, Dr. Julius Hammer, was convicted of first-degree manslaughter after the death of a Russian diplomat’s wife whom he gave an abortion. He was imprisoned in 1919. Julian, Armie’s grandfather, killed a man in 1955 in his Los Angeles home for a gambling debt. According to Vanity Fair, Julian claimed self-defense and the charges were rejected.
“You don’t wake up one morning and become a monster,” Casey explained. “It’s…learned behavior. It’s what you’re used to.
Casey is estranged from family and at one point worked as a kitchen designer at a Home Depot in San Diego. In 2015, she self-published a memoir titled “Surviving My Birthright”, where she first made allegations against the Hammer family. It went viral after her nephew scandal.
Casey’s half-sister Jan Ward told Vanity Fair in 2021: “I will say that I love my family very much, which includes my brother, my sister and my nephews…I have wonderful memories of us, the children, spending every summer in Laguna Beach with our grandmother Olga and spending the holidays with our parents and grandparents. We were all lucky to be able to attend excellent schools thanks to Grandfather Hammer who was a great supporter education. Our family taught us the value of hard work and I had a fulfilling career and a great family life.” She declined to comment on the allegations.
Asked about her brother Michael, Casey declined to comment.
“My mom kept us together in a crazy, dysfunctional way, but once she died we all went our separate ways and it’s probably better that way,” she said. “So I don’t have any contact at this point.”
Casey said the publication of the shocking book was “healing for me”.
“When I was growing up, there was no social media,” she said. “…No one really knew the secrets [of] wealthy families like that. On the outside, everyone had to be perfect… All I had to do was behave myself, not say anything that would embarrass the family, and walk out perfectly. And I would be taken care of for the rest of my life. My mom had her cigarettes dyed to match her shoes… That’s how rich people are screwed up.
When asked if she thought Hammer would ever try to come back to Hollywood, she replied, “You know what a great comeback story would be? What happened to the victims who came forward and how they help people, how they heal, how they go about taking the rediscovered platform that catapulted them into the stratosphere.”
“…Let’s follow their journey and see how they initiate change or help people,” she shared. “Let’s focus on them and give them a standing ovation. Because they really are heroes here. Without them, none of this would have ever happened.”
Hammer’s attorney, Andrew Brettler, did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
Hammer’s wife, Television personality Elizabeth Chambers, filed for divorce in 2020 citing irreconcilable differences. Months later, allegations of sexual abuse derailed Hammer’s once-burgeoning Hollywood career. Posts allegedly from Hammer, which detailed violent sexual fantasies, have leaked online. Hammer called them “vicious and spurious online attacks on me.”
After the publication of these texts, Hammer left the comedy “Shotgun Wedding”, in which he was to star alongside Jennifer Lopez, shortly before the start of production. Shortly after, he also left the Paramount + series “The Offer”, on the direction of “The Godfather”. Hammer was also dropped by his agency, WME.
In 2021, Los Angeles police announced that Hammer was being investigated for sexual assault, which his attorney denied. He has spent most of that year in a treatment center seeking help with issues related to drugs, alcohol and sex, Vanity Fair reported.
Greg Risling confirmed to Fox News Digital that Hammer has not been charged with any crime.
“A specially appointed prosecutor is working with law enforcement as they continue their investigation,” Risling said. “Once law enforcement has completed their investigation and submitted the case to our office, we will conduct an assessment and file criminal charges supported by evidence.”
Hammer’s attorney previously told Vanity Fair, “All interactions between Mr. Hammer and his former partners were consensual. They were fully discussed, agreed to in advance with his partners, and mutually engaged. The stories perpetuated about the social networks were designed to be salacious in an effort to harm Mr. Hammer, but that doesn’t make them true.
Hammer first rose to prominence playing twins in 2010’s ‘The Social Network’ and is best known for his starring roles in 2017’s ‘Call Me By Your Name’ and 2013’s ‘The Lone Ranger’. also starred in the Netflix remake of “Rebecca.”
If you or someone you know is suffering from abuse, please contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673. The Associated Press contributed to this report.