Armie Hammer resurfaces in the Cayman Islands after March rape allegation

Armie Hammer resurfaces in the Cayman Islands after March rape allegation

May 7, 2021

Armie Hammer has resurfaced for the first time since he was accused of rape in March.

The 34-year-old actor — who was dropped from film projects and by his talent agency amid the allegations, which he has denied — was photographed dining out in the Cayman Islands.

According to the photo agency selling the photos, the actor dined with a group of friends at Macabuca oceanfront tiki bar, which boasts uninterrupted views of the Caribbean Sea, and "no alcohol was consumed."

It's not the kind of spot you go if you don't want to be seen, according to the restaurant, which describes the venue as "the place to be." There's even a web cam focused on the tables at all times.

Hammer now has a crew cut and has shaved his facial hair.

In March, a 24-year-old woman claimed that she was "violently raped" by Hammer in 2017. She claimed they met on Facebook and, between 2016 and 2020, had a relationship — while he was married to Elizabeth Chambers — that was both violent and abusive. She said, "I thought he was going to kill me."

Hammer's attorney said the star "maintained that all of his interactions with [his accuser] — and every other sexual partner of his for that matter — have been completely consensual, discussed and agreed upon in advance, and mutually participatory." The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed Hammer has been the suspect in an ongoing sexual assault investigation since Feb. 3.

Hammer has been in the headlines since January, when screenshots of graphic Instagram DMs he allegedly sent various women between 2016 and 2020 first surfaced. The messages described sexual fantasies including violence, rape and cannibalism. 

In addition to his rape accuser, several women who claimed to have relationships with Hammer came forward. Paige Lorenze, an Instagram model who dated Hammer for four months last year, claimed he used a knife to brand her and bruised her to mark her. Another woman, app founder Courtney Vucekovich, who Hammer dated last year, said he told her he wanted to "break my rib and barbecue and eat it" and accused him of emotional abuse that she sought treatment for. Jessica Ciencin Henriquez, a writer who was briefly linked to Hammer last summer, tweeted at the time this was all unfolding, "If you are still questioning whether or not those Armie Hammer DMs are real (and they are) maybe you should start questioning why we live in a culture willing to give abusers the benefit of the doubt instead of victims."

Hammer's rep called all the claims "patently untrue."

Hammer and his wife of 10 years, Chambers, announced in July that they were separating. They had been quarantining in Grand Cayman with their two children, and she remained there after the split while he initially returned to the U.S.

She has said she's “shocked, heartbroken and devastated" by the allegations against her soon-to-be ex.

Hammer wasn't able to return to Grand Cayman to see their children until the holidays. In early January, during his first trip back and as his DM scandal unfolded, he posted videos on his private Instagram account of a woman in lingerie on a bed, referring to her as "Miss Cayman." He then issued a public apology clarifying "that the person in my video, which was stolen from my private Instagram, is not Miss Cayman" — after the Miss Cayman Islands Universe Committee Chairperson launched an investigation into the video.

Other videos shared on that same account saw Hammer talking about a drug test he had to see in order to visit his children. He said said he passed it despite having "THC and benzos," or benzodiazepines, "in my piss," adding, "Divorce is so fun. Not as fun as drugs. But what is.”

Hammer has lost multiple films (Billion Dollar Spy, Shotgun Wedding) and a series (The Offer) amid the fallout and will no longer be part of Broadway's The Minutes. He was also dropped by talent agency WME and his personal publicist.

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