Famous American actor Armi Hammer has been accused of raping a woman in Los Angeles in 2017.
A 24-year-old woman, identified only as Effie, made the allegations during a virtual news conference. Armi Hammer, 34, has denied the allegations. His lawyer called the allegations “cruel and outrageous” and said Armi Hammer “welcomes the opportunity to express what really happened.”
Los Angeles police have told the BBC that Armi Hammer is a suspect in a rape investigation that began on February 3.
The accused cried while reading a statement about the charges against Hammer, who is known for starring in films such as Social Networking and Call Me by Name.
What claim was made?
The woman spoke with Gloria Allard, a prominent women’s rights lawyer, and claimed that she first met Armi Hammer on Facebook in 2016, when she was 20 years old.
“I fell in love with him in one fell swoop,” he said.
The woman claimed that shortly after starting the relationship, Hammer used “deceptive methods to control me.”
The woman accused Armi Hummer of “spiritual, emotional and sexual” abuse.
He claimed that Hammer raped her on April 24, 2017.
“Armi Hammer kept banging her head against the wall for 4 hours, causing my face to turn blue,” she said. “She left after worrying about my condition. I was shocked and could not believe that her friend “He did it to me.”
He said he had “suicidal tendencies” and “felt very guilty” that he had not spoken about earlier.
How did Army Hammer’s lawyers react?
Mr Hammer’s lawyer, Andrew Bertler, denied the allegations in a statement to the BBC.
Mr. Bertler sent the BBC a picture of messages allegedly sent by the woman to Armi Hammer containing suggestions about sexual misconduct. He said Armi Hammer responded to the woman and openly told her that he did not want to have this kind of relationship with her.
A statement from Mr Hammer’s lawyer said: “This behavior will make it” more difficult for real victims of sexual violence to achieve justice “.