This article makes reference to earlier allegations of sexual assault. Since the beginning of 2021, a number of women have come forward with allegations of rape, physical abuse, and alleged messages that convey cannibalistic and sexually violent fantasies against Armie Hammer. The allegations are highlighted in the brand-new House of Hammer docuseries on Discovery+, which Hammer has categorically denied. Hammer’s attorney Andrew Brettler has been contacted by Bustle for comment regarding House of Hammer and his ongoing investigation.
The Golden Globe nominee’s involvement in several anticipated projects came to an end as a result of the allegations, and his talent agency WME fired him, according to a report in Variety last year. Hammer has reportedly been working as a timeshare salesman in the Cayman Islands, where the Hammer family previously owned property, since stepping away from the spotlight in Hollywood.
Although the fallout was the catalyst for, it is merely the most recent in a long line of reported controversies in the context of the Hammer family.
It might be difficult to remember everyone’s names if all you know about the Hammers is the actor, such as Armie’s aunt Casey, who has been speaking out against the family ever since she published her memoir in 2015. “I want to be an advocate for victims and survivors and help them realize they’re not alone,” she tells Bustle. “So by my nephew suddenly thrusting all of this past year into the spotlight, it piqued interest in a completely different way. I didn’t want to merely serve as a soundbite for his collapse.
The men in the Hammer family tree are shown below.
Although articles about the Hammers frequently begin with Armand Hammer, Armie’s great-grandfather, Julius Hammer also had an impact on the family’s history. A Vanity Fair exposé, which cited Edward Jay Epstein’s biography of Armand, claimed that Armie’s great-great-grandfather Julius was a physician, a leading member of the Communist Party of the United States, and an immigrant from Russia. He reportedly faced a manslaughter charge in 1919 after the death of a patient he had performed an abortion on, forcing his son Armand to take over the family’s drug business while he was behind bars.
After investing in Occidental Petroleum, Armie’s great-grandfather Armand “reimagined himself as a self-made industrialist,” as Vanity Fair put it. Because of his social ties to world leaders, he was frequently pictured with the Kennedys and the British royal family. Additionally, Vanity Fair referred to him as “close friend” of Senator Al Gore Sr. and noted that he attended many inaugurations, including that of Franklin D. Roosevelt, George H. W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan W. Bush.
According to Neil Lyndon, a veteran journalist and the author of Armand’s autobiography Hammer, “I think he was the most satanic man of the second half of the 20th Century,” in the book House of Hammer. “There is no comparison in terms of corrupting the political process, in terms of controlling people, and in terms of making them dance to his tune. Because he represented a ruthless ego, Armand Hammer was the personification of sin.
The businessman was also charged in Epstein’s biography, which was released after Armand’s passing in 1990, with “wide-ranging grifts, including money laundering.”
Casey spoke candidly to Bustle about Armand’s all-pervasive perspective of his family and the outside world. My family and my grandfather’s problems in general, she says, “are pretty scary.” He desired to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. That is what he was after, then. Therefore, the Hammer-adorned museum can be found everywhere. The mausoleum is there. I used to say that if my grandfather had the ability, he would rename me. That was his legacy, and he wanted his name to be everywhere.
Casey once remarked that Julian, Armie’s grandfather, “could never get [Armand’s] attention unless he resorted to really, really bad behavior.” According to Vanity Fair, she alleges in her memoir that this behavior includes allegedly abusing his family and allegedly killing a man in 1955 “over a gambling debt and supposed advances on his wife,” although all charges were reportedly dropped in connection with the latter allegation because Armand reportedly arranged for $50,000 to be sent to a lawyer.
Michael, the father of Armie and the oldest living ancestor of Armand, is the son of Julian. According to Vanity Fair, Michael had relocated the family to the Cayman Islands for a period of 10 years, as Armie once recalled to The Hollywood Reporter. It’s the same Caribbean region where Armie was allegedly seen in 2022 hawking timeshares. Before 2021, when allegations of Armie’s purported sexual assault first surfaced, Michael was rumored to have his own tendencies, including the use of the “sex throne” that is covered in the House of Hammer documentary. Michael’s lawyer referred to it as one of the “unsolicited gag gifts sent by friends” and referred to the magazine’s inquiries as “absurd.”
Interview requests for House of Hammer were not fulfilled by Michael and his wife Dru.
Armand, after his great-grandfather, is Armie’s real name. Ford Douglas Armand Hammer is the name of his second child with his ex-wife Elizabeth Chambers, according to People. Armie had been financially cut off from his family, a source told the magazine in 2021. In 2022, he was accused of selling timeshares in the Cayman Islands.
Armie declined to give a House of Hammer interview.
You can contact the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or go to hotline.rainn.org if you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted. Call 911 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) if you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, or go to thehotline.org.