Junk Explained: A Deep-Dive Into The “Armie Hammer Is A Cannibal” Allegations
A lot of weird things have happened in 2021, yet Armie Hammer allegedly being a cannibal is still the strangest storyline.
Over the last week, you’ve likely seen Armie Hammer’s name along with the word ‘cannibal’ thrown around a fair bit.
And even with the year we’ve already had, filled with riots on the US Capitol, Bean Dad basically starving his child for six hours, rumours about Jeffree Star and Kanye West having an affair, and Azealia Banks ~cooking~ her dead cat, the whole “Armie Hammer is a cannibal” rumour is still the most bonkers thing that’s happened in 2021.
Remember how celebrity news in 2016 was "Chrissy Teigen Is HILARIOUS on Twitter, Here Are 17 Of Her Best Tweets" and now in 2021 it's like "Armie Hammer is a cannibal and Azealia Banks dug up her dead cat and cooked it"
— Tahlia Pritchard (@Tahls) January 13, 2021
For those playing at home, the gist of it is that Armie Hammer, the American actor in films such as Call Me By Your Name and The Social Network, has an alleged cannibal fetish which he has since vehemently denied.
But day by day, the number of screenshots and stories of Hammer’s cannibalistic alleged fantasies have continued to pour in, even including some from his own ex-girlfriends.
So, let’s breakdown exactly how and why did these cannibal rumours started.
*This article includes reference of sexual assault and disturbing sex acts*
Why Does Everyone Think Armie Hammer Is A Cannibal?
Over the weekend, a number of disturbing screenshots started to circulate, which showed alleged texts between Armie Hammer and a woman who claimed she was involved with the actor from 2016 to 2020 — even while he was still married to his wife of ten years, Elizabeth Chambers.
Posted onto House of Effie, an anonymous Instagram account with over 50,000 followers, these screenshots detailed graphic messages where Hammer allegedly called himself “100 percent a cannibal” and said “I want to eat you”.
In other texts, Armie Hammer is said to have sent the woman a number of equally concerning messages. “I need to drink your blood, I crave it,” reads one text. “I need to eat your entire body. I need to touch every part of you, inside and out. I want to bite pieces off of you,” details another.
As these messages started to go viral, House of Effie claimed that at least five other women also had consensual affairs with the actor, where he told them all that wanted to “run away with us… that he loved us” before “fucking us all in his and [his wife’s] bed”.
“So we all had apartments ready for him around the world. So he met all our moms and they all loved him,” the screenshot continued. “He told us all to be monogamous to him and wait for his divorce.”
With the women deciding to pool their messages together, House of Effie then shared one screenshot where Hammer allegedly tells one of his “kittens” that she will be his “slave” and talks about cutting off her toes.
“You just live to obey me and be my slave. I will own you… would you come and be my property till you die?” the text read. “If I wanted to cut off one of your toes and keep it with me in my pocket so I always had a piece of you in my possession?”
Later, unclear whether it is the same woman or a different one, Hammer appears to make the switch from asking, and shifts over to demanding. “Those are my bones, and if I want to break one to prove it I will — fingers, toes and if you need more proof… your fucking neck,” the disturbing text read.
“I was starting small,” the message thread continues. “If you tell me what I can and can’t break, I will break them all.”
In another, clearly with a huge fascination for breaking bones, the actor appears to say that he is “going to cum” from the thought of breaking the woman’s bones.
As these screenshots continued to be shared by House of Effie, it’s evident that there is a clear theme in all of these exchanges: While extremely horny, the person at the other end of these texts is very aggressive and has some very questionable kinks.
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
So, Is Armie Hammer Actually A Cannibal?
While all the claims were originally from unverified screenshots by seemingly random women, the whole saga got a little more real when some of Hammer’s ex-girlfriends also weighed in on the matter.
Talking to Page Six, Hammer’s latest ex, Courtney Vucekovich, shared that the viral screenshots weren’t surprising to her based on her experience with him over their short relationship.
“He said to me he wants to break my rib and barbecue and eat it,” Vucekovich told Page Six. “He likes the idea of skin in his teeth. He says, ‘I want to take a bite out of you’. If I had a little cut on my hand, he’d like suck it or lick it. That’s about as weird as we got.”
Reflecting on her experience with the actor, Vucekovich admitted that while she thought the request was weird, she never really thought about it again. She did, however, share that Hammer is “good” at “active manipulation” and “quickly grooms you in a relationship”.
“He kind of captivates you and while being charming, he’s grooming you for these things that are darker and heavier and consuming,” Vucekovich said. “When I say consuming, I mean mentally, physically, emotionally, financially, just everything.”
“He did some things with me that I wasn’t comfortable with,” she continued. “You end up doing things that are very out-of-character for you, including sex acts.”
Similarly, Jessica Ciencin Henriquez, another of the Hammer’s exes, tweeted about the situation before making her Twitter account private.
In the tweet, Henriquez said: “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”.
On her Instagram story, Henriquez also shared that “it takes an army to hide a predator” as “behind every abuser is a team of people working hard to cover up the trail”.
Everyone: Armie Hammer is a cannibal omg
Me: Come on guys, that’s gotta be an exaggeration
Armie Hammer: pic.twitter.com/goKoom9DmE
— Mitch (@czarmitch) January 11, 2021
As a number of Hammer’s exes have come forward with their own comments, concerning quotes from the actor’s past interviews have also resurfaced as the cannibal rumours continue to swirl.
In 2013, Armie Hammer told Playboy that he used to be a “dominant lover” and “liked the grabbing of the neck and the hair and all that”, but noted that since he got married his “sexual appetite” had changed.
“Well, if you’re married to a feminist, as I am, then it’s… I don’t know how much we can put here without my parents being embarrassed, but I used to like to be a dominant lover,” Hammer told the magazine. “So it becomes a new kind of thing that’s less about ‘I want to dominate you’ and more about both of us having a really good time. It’s just a different style.”
“I mean that for the better — it’s not like I’m suffering in any way. But you can’t really pull your wife’s hair,” he continued. “It gets to a point where you say, ‘I respect you too much to do these things that I kind of want to do.’”
After the interview, Armie Hammer told E! News that his explicit comments were just a result of “drinking during [the] interview” and blamed his crassness on alcohol.
But despite the mounting evidence against him from his past lovers and own quotes, Armie Hammer finally broke his silence and called the cannibal rumours “bullshit claims” on January 13.
“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 told TMZ. “Lionsgate is supporting me in this and I’m grateful to them for that.”
The actor was actually slated to start filming for Shotgun Wedding alongside Jennifer Lopez immediately, so his role will now need to be recast.
Variety reports that a spokesperson for the production confirms that Hammer “requested to step away from the film” himself, but an anonymous submission to infamous gossip Instagram account, Deux Moi, says that “on agency side, studio [was] trying to replace [Hammer] in a hurry” following the allegations emerging.
So, that’s 2021’s latest bonkers storyline. Who knows what next week will hold?
Michelle Rennex is a senior writer at Junkee. She tweets at @michellerennex.