Armie Hammer has been dropped by his agency as his career goes into freefall amid disturbing allegations against him.
WME, which represents megstars including Dolly Parton, Keanu Reeves, Lizzo, Adam Sandler, Miley Cyrus, Drake and Amy Schumer, has parted ways with Hammer, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The news comes after the 34-year-old departed two projects amid claims he sent graphic sexual messages to a number of women and allegedly engaged in abusive behaviour.
The star confirmed that he had dropped out of Shotgun Wedding, a comedy with Jennifer Lopez, as he denied the claims against him.
Hammer said: ‘I’m not responding to these bulls*** claims but in light of the vicious and spurious online attacks against me, I cannot in good conscience now leave my children for four months to shoot a film in the Dominican Republic. Lionsgate is supporting me in this, and I’m grateful to them for that.’
Josh Duhamel has replaced Hammer in the leading role.
Hammer has also left The Offer, a Paramount+ series about the making of The Godfather – having previously dropped out of a star-studded series called Gaslit to film it.
Unverified DMs shared on social media were attributed to Hammer, in which the sender had cannibalistic fantasies and wanted the recipients of the messages to be his slaves.
One ex-girlfriend alleged that Hammer carved his initial into her skin during sex, while others – many anonymous – accused Hammer of being emotionally abusive.
An attorney for the Call Me By Your Name star called the allegations ‘patently untrue’, and said that any interactions with sexual partners were ‘completely consensual in that they were fully discussed, agreed upon, and mutually participatory’.
In addition to the alleged DMs, posts from Hammer’s private Instagram account emerged, in which he filmed a woman on all fours on his bed and boasted about taking a drugs test to see his children.
In the wake of the allegations, his estranged wife Elizabeth Chambers, who split from Hammer last July after 10 years of marriage, issued a statement saying that she was ‘shocked’ by the claims.
The 38-year-old wrote on Instagram: ‘For weeks, I’ve been trying to process everything that has transpired. I am shocked, heartbroken, and devastated. Heartbreak aside, I am listening, and will continue to listen and educate myself on these delicate matters. I didn’t realize how much I didn’t know.
‘I support any victim of assault or abuse and urge anyone who has experienced this pain to seek the help she or he needs to heal.
‘At this time, I will not be commenting further on this matter. My sole focus and attention will continue to be on our children, on my work and on healing during this incredibly difficult time.’
While Hammer has left two projects, he will next be seen in the ensemble mystery Death On The Nile, which was delayed from 2020, and Crisis – although his co-star Evangeline Lilly seems to be throwing shade at his involvement.
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