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Armie Hammer Responds To Instagram DM Scandal, Withdraws From Movie Role

Huffington Post - Thu Jan 14 16:14

Days after rumors began circulating on social media about Armie Hammer sending direct messages calling himself a “cannibal” and fantasizing about drinking blood, the actor has issued a not-quite response.

The 34-year-old actor evaded addressing the situation’s specifics in a statement to E! News and withdrew his participation in an upcoming film, “Shotgun Wedding.”

“I’m not responding to these bullshit 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,” Hammer said in the statement. “Lionsgate is supporting me in this and I’m grateful to them for that.”

A production spokesperson for the film told Variety in a separate statement that “Armie has requested to step away from the film and we support him in his decision.”

Hammer’s response follows several alleged victims sharing on social media what they claim to be graphic sexual direct messages sent by the actor on Instagram.

In a series of unverified messages alleged to be sent by Hammer, the “Rebecca” actor appears to say he’s “100% a cannibal,” and is interested in drinking blood and kink-based relationships.

Multiple victims of Armie Hammer came out saying he used his fame to manipulate em to have sex, calling em "kitties" and drink their BLOOD, now WHAT IN HANNIBAL LECTER??? pic.twitter.com/LWxgZdXC4t

— tevin 💀🔪 (@tevinauguste) January 10, 2021

Claims and screenshots come from all over tik tok and these two instagram accounts which are exposing him @/houseofeffie @/truths.and.facts. There is also this audio...pic.twitter.com/nyGU3HElZP

— tevin 💀🔪 (@tevinauguste) January 10, 2021

armie hammer please seek help Iimmedately pic.twitter.com/LRG4IiesAB

— ٰ (@rachelweisiz) January 10, 2021

Many of the purported DMs with Hammer have been disclosed anonymously and there has been much talk on social media of some of them being falsified. A DM circulated on Sunday with the Instagram account @houseofeffie, who had shared alleged DMs from Hammer online, where the Instagram user “admitted” everything they shared was “fake.”

A day later, @houseofeffie said publicly that the posts shared were real and “crazy fans went so far as to fake a DM by me.”

The screenshot where houseofeffie said it was a joke is fake. debunkthecrazy made in on tumblr to prove how easily people could fake DMS. She even joked she would do a better job than Hammer's publicist. pic.twitter.com/EId6N2fwSt

— BadBloodMary (@BadBloodMary) January 12, 2021

Jessica Ciencin Henriquez, who reportedly dated Hammer last year, backed @houseofeffie and said publicly she believed the DMs to be “real.”

Henriquez later tweeted: “I’m seeing a lot of posts going around about how I am a man-hater and I would just like to clarify: Yes. I love women, I respect women ... I stand by women, and I hate men who don’t.” She has since made her account private.

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