Hollywood 2021: Armie Hammer Scandal Grows Bigger–Actor Exits Broadway Play

Armie Hammer Exits Broadway Play Amid LAPD Investigation

 

Armie Hammer
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Armie Hammer

The actor released a statement Friday noting he will not be returning to the production of ‘The Minutes.’

Armie Hammer will no longer perform in Broadway play The Minutes.

The actor, who is currently investigated in a sexual assault case, released a statement Friday detailing his exit from the Tracy Letts play, which was set to resume production in the 2021-22 season after being interrupted during previews by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

“I have loved every single second of working on The Minutes with the family I made from Steppenwolf,” said Hammer in a statement posted to Broadway’s Best Shows. “But right now I need to focus on myself and my health for the sake of my family. Consequently, I will not be returning to Broadway with the production.”

During a press conference in March with attorney Gloria Allred, a woman named Effie — she did not offer her full name — detailed her accusation that Hammer assaulted her for four hours in Los Angeles in April 2017. She said that Hammer repeatedly slammed her head against a wall, resulting in bruises to her face, and committed “other acts of violence” against her.

“During those four hours, I tried to get away but he wouldn’t let me,” said Effie. “I thought he was going to kill me. Then he left with no concern for my well-being.”

Hammer, who denies the claims, is currently being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department in a sexual assault case opened February 3.

He has been dropped by agency WME, Amma Asante’s thriller Billion Dollar Spy, and other projects.