Armie Hammer (left) and Elizabeth Chambers in 2019. (Photo: Amy Sussman via Getty Images)
A woman who accused Armie Hammer of sexual assault is now speaking out against the actor’s estranged wife, Elizabeth Chambers, after an interview in which Chambers said she supported her husband’s efforts to prioritize his “healing.”
In conversation with E! News, Chambers confirmed she has transitioned into a “committed relationship” with wellness therapist Ricardas Kazinec, though her divorce from Hammer is pending. Still, she stressed that she and the “Social Network” actor are “in a great place” and “talking all the time” as they learn to raise their two children together.
“Children need their mother; children need their father,” Chambers said. “So there’s nothing we won’t do.” She further noted that Hammer was “focused on his healing” and that she is “here to support that process”.
On Wednesday, Hammer’s accuser – identified only as Effie – shared a series of screenshots to her “House of Effie” Instagram account that appear to show messages sent by Chambers encouraging her to make her allegations of assault against Hammer public.
“He really is a psychopath,” one of the posts reads. “And he’s never been around kids all day. Ever.”
In a separate post, Chambers reportedly told Effie that she needed Hammer to “leave” the Cayman Islands, where the actor’s family moved as the allegations against him continued to mount.
“I forced him to come here by court order to try to become a father and now he is a risk to them,” the message reads. “He has to go. Had a few days with them, but then drunk/high/violent.”
According to People, Effie concluded her series of Instagram stories — many of which can be found here — with a comment: “Just a few things to keep in mind before anyone else continues to wish rapists ‘healing.'”
In an email statement to The New Zealand Times, a Chambers representative rejected the implication that Chambers had urged Effie to come forward.
“Given the magnitude and nature of the allegations made, Elizabeth sought to establish the truth of those allegations. She was very sensitive to all parties involved,” the statement said. “The safety and well-being of their children remains her priority.”
Hammer’s professional life went into a tailspin last year when ‘House of Effie’ posted screenshots of messages that appeared to come from the actor’s account with references to violent sex acts and cannibalism.
Though Hammer denied the claims, the controversy that followed led him to pull out of a number of high-profile projects, such as Jennifer Lopez’s comedy “Shotgun Wedding” and the Broadway production of “The Minutes.”
About two months after the messages were posted, Effie came forward at a press conference hosted by her former attorney, Gloria Allred. She accused Hammer of raping her in 2017 and said the two had a four-year relationship that ended sometime in 2020.
Shortly after, Hammer went to a treatment center to deal with drug, alcohol, and sex problems. He has kept a low profile for most of 2022 and was reportedly spotted at a hotel resort in the Cayman Islands in July.
The accusations against Hammer by Effie and other women are explored in depth in a Discovery+ documentary series, “House of Hammer”, released last month.
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This article originally appeared on The New Zealand Times and has been updated.