Cannibalism, Abuse Allegations, Extra – The Hollywood Reporter

Within the closing moments of the third and ultimate installment of the brand new Discovery+ docuseries Home of Hammer, Casey Hammer reads a letter she just lately acquired from her brother, Michael, the daddy of actor Armie Hammer.

“For those who select to proceed pretending that the tales you’ve gotten invented are the reality, I’ll haven’t any alternative aside from to pursue each authorized treatment to set the file straight,” states the letter earlier than it adjustments course. “Regardless of all of the ache your fabrications have causes, you share the blood working by my veins. You’re nonetheless my household and I want you nothing however the very best.”

The Hammer bloodline is the topic of Home of Hammer, and administrators Elli Hakami and Julian P. Hobbs use the sexual misconduct allegations lodged towards Armie as a jumping-off level to discover all sides of the well-known household over three hourlong episodes. It’s terrain that Casey explored in a 2015 memoir and recounted in a 2021 Self-importance Honest exposé, so the shock worth of the sequence will rely on how acquainted viewers are with both of these or with any of the cannibal-themed headlines which have ricocheted throughout social media.

As soon as she finishes studying the letter aloud, Casey stays unfazed by the specter of authorized motion. “My brother thinks he can silence me,” provides Casey, who stays estranged from her kinfolk. “The best way my brother is intimidating me proper now by that letter and people phrases, it’s precisely what my grandfather would do. I’ve let the Hammers management me a lot of my very own life. It’s time to cease. I refuse to be silenced.”

Casey takes full benefit of her voice over the three episodes — “Love Bomb,” “Sins of the Father” and “Observe the Cash” — as she’s joined by Hammer household insiders and Courtney Vucekovich, a girl who had a months-long relationship with Armie that she says left her traumatized and in a rehab facility. Under is a recap of the largest allegations from Home of Hammer, from cocaine-fueled orgies and explosive household fights to all these Instagram DMs.

• It opens with an Instagram voice message from Armie to an unidentified recipient. “Hello, buckle your seatbelt,” he says earlier than revealing a wager involving rope bondage, a reported obsession of his. “That is going to be the wager: If I received, I get to return over to your home with my bag of goodies. Inside my bag of goodies, there are a number of totally different bundles of Shibari rope; Shibari is the Japanese artwork of rope bondage. My wager was going to contain exhibiting up at your home and utterly tying you up and incapacitating you, then with the ability to do no matter I needed to each single gap in your physique till I used to be executed with you.”

• There have been rumblings in Hollywood about Armie’s alleged predilection for kink per The Hollywood Reporter senior author Seth Abramovitch, who seems to element a 2017 cowl story he penned on the actor. Abramovitch says there was “one factor that repeatedly got here up” when he advised individuals he was profiling Hammer — that he had “a kind of edgy curiosity in BDSM intercourse.” He goes on to clarify how he introduced it as much as Armie however that “he shut me down fairly decisively” by saying that he has “much less of a remark than if he had no remark.”

• The title of the episode appears to be impressed by the experiences of a Dallas-based enterprise proprietor named Courtney Vucekovich. She will get probably the most display screen time as she had the closest relationship with the actor, one which began amid the pandemic in June 2020. On the time, Armie claimed that he and spouse Elizabeth Chambers had been separated for 2 years although they didn’t formally announce a cut up till a month later in July 2020. “He would ship me textual content messages and name me daily, consistently,” particulars Vucekovich. “Instantly he was sharing all this stuff with me, intimate particulars about his mother and father, household secrets and techniques.” He additionally flooded her with compliments. “Between the love bombing and the eye, I felt like this was all excellent, this was wonderful. That is what we’re all taught to consider as a fairy story.”

Courtney Vucekovich

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• Whereas Armie was on a street journey, he stopped by Vucekovich’s condo constructing in Dallas. Although she had knowledgeable him that she was within the Hamptons with buddies, Armie took photographs of the constructing and stated he was going inside “looking for your scent.” He additionally left a notice. “I assumed this may be a cute notice and it simply says, ‘I’m going to chew the fuck out of you,’” she explains. “As loopy as that sounds, I took it metaphorically, not actually. I selected to have a look at it extra flattering than regarding. After I advised me buddies about us speaking, I left that half out. I believe that claims quite a bit.”

• Vucekovich particulars a three-week trip they took collectively to Twentynine Palms, a desert vacation spot close to Palm Springs. Although she described a lot of the journey as pure romantic bliss — they hung by the pool, had al fresco dinners and watched films together with the BDSM-themed movie Secretary starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader — she claims one expertise left her traumatized. “It was one thing that has by no means been executed to me,” she says of the incident, which she had beforehand described to Web page Six as a intercourse act. “It’s very degrading and really belittling. I don’t prefer to put it on the market.”

• On one other street journey, this time to Sedona, Vucekovich says that Armie used the ropes together with her. “I stated all the pieces however no,” she says. “He places on this creepy playlist and simply, like, the ropes have been round [my] neck, wrists, ankles and behind [my] again. I had bruises. I hated it. I perceive that if that is your fantasy, if that is your factor, extra energy to you. I didn’t prefer it.”

• Armie is claimed to have initiated contact over Instagram with a model-actress-artist named Julia Morrison, who additionally seems within the first episode. She is thought for making a sequence of NFTs based mostly on her messages with the actor, whom she by no means met in individual. He apparently reached out a couple of sequence of images that she appeared in, zeroing in on one which options her being choked. When the pandemic set in, their messages bought heated. “I’ve needed to tie you up since I noticed these goddamn footage and messaged you about it,” he allegedly wrote. Later, he adopted it up by revealing a “fantasy about having somebody show their love and devotion and tying them up in a public place at night time and making their physique free use. And seeing if they are going to fuck strangers for me.”

Julia Morrison

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• Armie was additionally accused of sexual assault and misconduct by two girls with whom he had relationships — Paige Lorenze and one other recognized solely as Effie. The latter, who was the primary to step ahead with accusations posted on a Home of Effie Instagram account, lodged probably the most critical accusations by claiming that Armie raped and abused her throughout a four-year affair. She retained legal professional Gloria Allred and whereas the LAPD investigated Hammer, no prices have been filed. Lorenze and Effie solely seem within the Home of Hammer by beforehand recorded footage, and Allred sits for a brand new interview. “Kinky just isn’t towards the regulation,” she says. “Rape is.”


• Casey Hammer, Armie’s aunt, figures most prominently on this episode as she particulars her household’s “darkish, twisted secrets and techniques,” tales that she revealed in a 2015 memoir, Surviving My Birthright. When allegations first surfaced of Armie’s troubling habits, Casey says she was “not shocked. This habits is deep-rooted.” The remainder of the episode options claims of household trauma, allegations of legal habits, ties to Russia and the Communist get together and a few wild booze and cocaine-fueled orgies.

“The Hammer identify wielded numerous status and energy,” says Casey, providing that they navigated elite circles and hosted royals like Prince Charles and Princess Diana. “On the surface, we have been an ideal household however beneath all of it was a darkish world of deceit, betrayal and corruption and that’s why I’m coming ahead now. It’s time to cease the cycle.”

Casey Hammer

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• As detailed in her e-book, Casey’s father, Julian, brother of Armie’s father Michael, was, at occasions, an abusive alcoholic. “He was at all times drunk and also you simply by no means knew what sort of situation he was in,” she says. Throughout one occasion, she claims Julian slapped her mom and it precipitated her to bleed. “As just a little lady, whenever you’re seeing your mother get beat up by your father, you don’t actually perceive what’s taking place,” she says. “He bought worse and worse and worse.”

• Casey claims that household patriarch Armand Hammer gathered recordsdata on buddies and “anyone you dated,” and that he usually recorded conversations. “You didn’t make a transfer with out serious about what if Grandpa came upon? I prefer to say that our lives have been like a chess board and our grandfather managed all of the strikes.”

• Edward Epstein, an creator and investigative journalist who as soon as wrote a profile of Armand Hammer, additionally seems prominently to element what sort of man his topic was, paying shut consideration to how he handled girls. “They served a goal to him. He at all times had mistresses. He regarded for younger girls who he might management utterly,” stated Epstein, earlier than detailing a wild (and beforehand well-documented) story about how Armand was caught by spouse Frances of getting an affair with Martha Kaufman.

After the indiscretion was revealed, Armand requested Martha put on a white wig and alter her identify to Hilary Gibson with a view to deceive Frances and lead her to imagine it was a brand new individual. “What he demanded was management of each a part of her life, together with her id. It was all in his nature of a person who completely needed to manage a girl that he seen as an object, not as a human being.”

Cathe Boal

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• One of many massive reveals of the episode comes courtesy of an interview with a girl named Cathe Boal. She says she encountered the Hammer household within the mid-Nineteen Seventies when she was employed to scrub the house of Julian. “He was an actual charmer. He knew tips on how to get his approach. He was suave. As time went on, we bought actual shut,” she explains, including that she left her husband for him and so they bought engaged. “He appeared to be extra possessive as time went on. He didn’t need me to have any buddies. I used to be naïve. I assumed if I might give him sufficient love, I might change him.”

Boal provides up a surprising allegation that one night time in 1977 whereas out on a date, Julian took her to a bar solely to pay extra consideration to the lads within the room. “I bought jealous that he was flirting with guys after which I began to understand that it was a homosexual bar. He didn’t need to depart,” she says. She bailed on the bar and hitchhiked a journey house from a 19-year-old stranger named Gary Bowers. As soon as Julian arrived house, he was livid and threatened the person with a gun. Julian, who reportedly as soon as bought out of a manslaughter cost by claiming self-defense after killing a person over a playing debt, was arrested on the scene. Boal says his “go-to” was at all times pulling a gun. “That was his method to get management,” she claims. When it occurred once more just a few days later — this time the gun went off with Boal’s younger son within the room — she says she ended the connection for good.

• Casey claims that her father, Julian, and her brother Michael as soon as got here to blows over a wild proposition that the previous made. “My father provided my brother 1,000,000 [dollars] for his girlfriend,” she claims. “My brother, it was like a monster unleashed. They each stated, ‘I’m going to kill you,’ and so they ran outdoors. After I lastly circled the constructing, I noticed police had separated them.” Ultimately, her father received out as Casey says that the girlfriend left with Julian “to tame the scenario,” and so they ended up dwelling collectively for eight months.

• After Armand Hammer handed away on Dec. 10, 1990, his heirs have been shocked to seek out that he wasn’t as rich as that they had believed. Mentioned Epstein: “The expectation of his relations was that he was a billionaire and when his will was learn, they realized he wasn’t. He had given away most of his cash. They have been left preventing for themselves.” Armand had roughly $40 million in money and had made the choice to depart the majority of it to Armie’s father, Michael, because the executor of his property whereas Casey and her father, Julian, acquired $250,000 and $500,000 respectively. “I used to be utterly omitted. It’s actually unhappy whenever you notice that you simply don’t have any household or anybody who loves you,” Casey says by tears. “It didn’t finish effectively.”

Edward Epstein

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• The episode opens with Casey speaking a couple of message she acquired instantly after the docuseries was introduced. A good friend reached out with a warning: “Watch out. Appears to me that you’re opening Pandora’s field. Don’t exit after darkish. At all times verify to be sure you’re not being adopted. Preserve your identify off a mailbox. Unlisted cellphone. Watch your environment for a stranger’s face that seems greater than as soon as.”

• Whereas she was in a rehab facility, Vucekovich says that “some fool” texted her to tip her off to the truth that Armie had a brand new girlfriend in his life. After wanting her up, Vucekovich says that she seen that Paige Lorenze had posted footage on Instagram of her physique and in a few of these photographs, she seen bruises. “I knew precisely what it was,” she claims. “My coronary heart fucking sank.” Then Lorenze seems in beforehand recorded footage from an look on Dr. Oz throughout which she opened up concerning the cannibalism allegations. “He stated he needed to seek out a physician in Los Angeles to removes my ribs. He needed to eat my ribs, he needed to smoke them,” stated Lorenze, who additionally particulars how Armie branded her with the letter “A” throughout certainly one of their sexual encounters. “He’s obsessive about meat. I brushed it off however I do imagine that he was critical.”

• An nameless supply who is simply recognized as “Armie Hammer’s co-worker” seems to share a number of tales about his time working for the actor as what seems like an assistant function throughout a film manufacturing. Whereas out with fellow crew members and a few actors, they ducked right into a strip membership at 10 a.m. on a Tuesday and Armie “compelled me into getting a lap dance,” the person says. “I used to be very towards it, I didn’t need to do it. He made me imagine that I had no alternative. I might’ve walked away, however I used to be fearful of the stature of all of it.” On one other occasion, the supply claims Armie was “inebriated” and driving 140 mph by residential streets. “It could scare me like loopy,” he says.

• Epstein says that when Armand Hammer handed away, Julian provided up his non-public recordsdata as a method to get again at his father for chopping him out of the need. Epstein asserts that Occidental Petroleum wouldn’t have been an organization that anyone would have heard of had it not been for Armand Hammer’s ruthless and legal enterprise actions. “Hammer was a grasp at bribery,” he claims. “Armand Hammer would go to a strong individual. He would supply them cash and unlawful money bribes. He would ship the cash and Julian would file all the crime being dedicated so he might later blackmail the individual. … Hammer had no disgrace. He ignored all legal guidelines.” Epstein continues: “The extraordinary factor concerning the Hammer household is the consistency of vice over advantage.”

• Neil Lyndon, Armand Hammer’s former political and media guide, claims that after his boss was convicted of hiding contributions to President Nixon’s reelection marketing campaign, he cozied as much as Prince Charles as a method to rehab his picture and make “himself respectable once more” within the eyes of the general public. In doing so, he donated 40 million British kilos to causes near the royal’s coronary heart. “Charles did see Hammer as a supply of funds for all the pieces he cared about.” He says the shut ties to necessary individuals helped Armand escape accountability when an oil platform known as Piper Alpha operated by Occidental exploded and killed 167 oil rig staff.

• Lyndon doesn’t pull any punches when speaking about Armand Hammer, calling him “probably the most satanic man” of the second half of the twentieth century. “Armand Hammer was the embodiment of sin” and ruthless ego.

• Morrison seems once more to share her NFT undertaking impressed by messages she exchanged with Armie. One piece includes a meme she shared concerning the wealthiest people on this planet together with her sentiment of “Eat the wealthy for actual nom nom nom.” Armie replied, “100” adopted by, “Dibs on the glute muscle groups and ribs for smoking.” Morrison says, “In mild of what’s come out since,” referencing the cannibal thread, she says that she doesn’t discover his response very amusing.

• Vucekovich says that after the information got here out about her relationship with the actor, she fielded intense harassment and bullying by Armie’s “diehard followers.” She acquired dying threats and footage of the place she lived on the time. Out of worry, she purchased a home and put in cameras to guard herself. “The ‘Charmies’ made my life hell,” she says. On the flip facet, she says that she fielded “hundreds” of messages from girls who went by one thing comparable. “I used to be keen to open up about it to assist individuals keep away from a scenario like this. You need individuals to have the ability to acknowledge these abusive patterns. It adjustments, you are feeling good doing it since you are doing it for the appropriate causes.”

Home of Hammer is at the moment streaming on Discovery+.

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