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The lady who accused Armie Hammer of sexual assault final 12 months has reacted to the brand new docuseries Home of Hammer.
As it’s possible you’ll recall, a number of girls got here ahead with surprising claims in opposition to the disgraced actor, accusing him of emotional abuse in 2021, manipulation, alleged messages that element cannibalistic and sexually violent fantasies, and extra. Then, one particular person – who goes by the title Effie – got here ahead in March 2021 to accuse Armie of “violently” raping her for 4 hours in 2017, prompting an ongoing investigation by the Los Angeles Police Division. The Name Me By Your Title star vehemently denied the allegations, saying by way of his lawyer that every interplay with the ladies has “been fully consensual, mentioned and agreed upon upfront, and mutually participatory.”
These horrific accusations quickly grew to become the impetus for the brand new documentary Home of Hammer, which deep dives into the downfall of Armie and the disturbing historical past of his household by means of intensive interviews with Courtney Vucekovich, Julia Morrison, his aunt Casey Hammer, and others. Now, following its launch this week, Effie has slammed the three-part documentary sequence for “exploiting” her trauma for revenue. She mentioned in a press release to The Los Angeles Occasions on Friday:
“The way in which they’ve been exploiting my trauma is disgusting. Once I hold screaming ‘no’ and so they hold going, saying they don’t want my permission, they remind me of Armie.”
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In response to Effie, one of many producers reached out to her to be interviewed for the mission a month after she went public along with her allegation in opposition to Armie. Nevertheless, she declined to take part and advised the particular person:
“This can be very inappropriate of you to use such a tragic, weak time in many individuals’s lives, with no regard in any way for our therapeutic course of and privateness.”
Regardless of her refusal to be part of the docuseries, it nonetheless included the NSFW screenshots and posts shared on her Instagram account @houseofeffie, in addition to footage from her press convention final 12 months during which she broke down in tears and recounted her sexual assault. In response, the documentary’s makers, Elli Hakami and Julian Hobbs, acknowledged Effie’s stance on the matter – however nonetheless defended their choice to incorporate her story. Hobbs defined to the LA Occasions:
“She has a proper to do what she needs to do. The people who find themselves individuals within the movie are very pleased with the work that they’ve executed in it. They’re doing press for it. For them, it was a great expertise. [Effie]‘s been vocal that she thinks that making any type of media out of those occasions is considerably problematic. As filmmakers, we don’t take that view. We really feel we even have an obligation to inform the tales.”
“For those who had been to cease making movies as a result of somebody mentioned they didn’t need a movie being made, you’d by no means make a movie. The fact isn’t everybody will get on board movies.”
Whereas Effie didn’t seem within the sequence, her lawyer, Gloria Allred, took half in an interview for the doc – which the sufferer advised the newspaper the lawyer didn’t inform her. Within the first episode, Allred solely launched herself because the authorized consultant for Effie and spoke about why she represents victims who want help to be able to battle in opposition to highly effective males, saying they shouldn’t be left alone to defend themselves. She additionally added on the time:
“Even in BDSM relationships, consent continues to be on the coronary heart of it. It doesn’t imply that anybody can do something to anybody throughout a sexual relationship. If she withdraws her consent, and he continues, that’s crime. It’s so simple as that. Kinky isn’t in opposition to the legislation. Rape is.”
Allred advised the LA Occasions that she wasn’t ready to answer Effie’s declare as a consequence of attorney-client privilege. Nevertheless, she shared with the outlet in an electronic mail that any “statements that I’ve made on behalf of shoppers have been made as a result of the statements had been in step with our illustration, had been licensed both explicitly or implicitly, and had been made as a result of I believed that the statements had been within the shopper’s finest pursuits.”
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