- Armie Hammer is breaking his silence on the sexual abuse allegations against him in a new interview.
- The actor denies any criminal wrongdoing while adding: "I was an asshole, that I was selfish, that I used people to make me feel better, and when I was done, moved on."
- In the extensive interview, he reveals he was molested by a youth pastor at the age of 13, which he says led to his interest in BDSM and sexual power dynamics, and attempted to commit suicide following the allegations against him.
Armie Hammer has given his first interview since being accused of sexual abuse by several women.
The allegations against the star began in January 2021, when one woman claimed the actor sent her texts of an inappropriate, graphic and sexual nature.
Several others came forward, with Hammer's ex Paige Lorenze later detailing the couple's BDSM and polyamorous relationship, while another alleged the star "violently" raped her.
The allegations resulted in the end of Hammer's marriage and brought his career to a standstill.
Now, in an interview with Air Mail, the actor denies any criminal wrongdoing while admitting he had not treated ex-partners very well.
Further, he reveals he was molested by a youth pastor at the age of 13, which he says led to his interest in BDSM and sexual power dynamics, and attempted to commit suicide following the allegations against him.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, the actor explains of the incident with the youth pastor: "What that did for me was it introduced sexuality into my life in a way that it was completely out of my control. I was powerless in the situation. I had no agency in the situation. Sexuality was introduced to me in a scary way where I had no control. My interests then went to: I want to have control in the situation, sexually."
Hammer also responded the rape allegations against him, as he said the woman, who has since been identified as Efrosina Angelova, "engage[d] in what is called a 'consensual non-consent scene" – Hammer maintains his sexual activity was orchestrated and agreed upon.
"Every single thing was discussed beforehand. I have never thrust this on someone unexpectedly. Never."
The star added, however: "I'm here to own my mistakes, take accountability for the fact that I was an asshole, that I was selfish, that I used people to make me feel better, and when I was done, moved on.
"I'm now a healthier, happier, more balanced person. I'm able to be there for my kids in a way I never was. I'm truly grateful for my life and my recovery and everything. I would not go back and undo everything that's happened to me."