Armie Hammer and his family will be explored in a true crime documentary special from ID and Discovery+.
The special, currently given the working title of House of Hammer, is set to follow the “dark, twisted legacy of the Hammer family dynasty,” and the downward trend of the actor’s career following January 2021 abuse allegation, which included those of rape and cannibalism.
“Debauchery. Deceit. Abuse. Addiction. Corruption,” a release reads, per the Huff Post. “Armie Hammer’s alleged crimes are only the tip of the iceberg. Through a trove of archive and interviews from survivors and family members, the dark and twisted secrets of the Hammer family come to light. Behind the money and power lies a dysfunctional dynasty with its male characters exhibiting all the devastating consequences of privilege gone wild.”
The allegations first picked up steam in 2021 when screenshots of messages that were said to have been sent from Armie Hammer’s Instagram account to various women were shared on an Instagram account. One read, “You just live to obey and be my slave.” The account user said she had an affair with Hammer and discovered five other women, who offered “affair stories as we talked overwhelmed with grief for days and nights without sleeping or eating, with some ending up in the ER.”
Hammer then left production on the film Shotgun Wedding, which he was set to star in alongside Jennifer Lopez, shortly after the DMs surfaced. After that, he left the production of the Paramount+ series The Offer. At the time, he called the claims “vicious and spurious online attacks against me.” That same month, his ex Courtney Vucekovich opened up to Page Six about him allegedly saying he’d “want to take a bite out of” her.
“He quickly grooms you in the relationship,” she said. “He’s grooming you for these things that are darker and heavier and consuming. When I say consuming, I mean mentally, physically, emotionally, financially, just everything.”
Model Paige Lorenze later accused the actor of being “100 percent serious” about getting a doctor to remove her bottom ribs so that he could “eat” them. That claim led to a statement from Hammer’s legal team, which argued that the claims were untrue and were “being perpetuated in the media are a misguided attempt to present a one-sided narrative with the goal of tarnishing Mr. Hammer’s reputation, and communications from the individuals involved prove that.”
After the statement, on March 18 of 2021, Hammer was accused of rape by a woman named Effie, who said he “mentally, emotionally, and sexually” abused her while they were together. Hammer’s attorney then denied the allegations that his client raped Effie in a statement to Page Six. Despite the allegations, Hammer—who has since been treated for drug, alcohol and sex issues at a facility—appeared in the film Death On The Nile, released in February of this year.
Arriving this August to Discovery+ are other true crime specials Menendez Brothers: Misjudged?, Who Killed Biggie and Tupac? (working title), Mary Kay Letourneau: Notes on a Scandal, and The Killer Nanny.