An internet storm over Armie Hammer's explicit DMs caused him to drop out of his new movie. Here's what's going on.

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Armie Hammer has been involved in a social-media storm over DMs attributed to him. Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images
  • The Instagram page @houseofeffie last week shared dozens of screenshots of messages that it said were sent from Armie Hammer to various women, some of which involved fantasies of rape, BDSM, and cannibalism.

  • Hammer has since responded to the controversy, which has been brewing for a week now, calling it a "vicious and spurious" attack involving "bulls--- claims," according to a statement given to People.

  • Many other women, however, have started to come forward with their own claims about dealings with Hammer.

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Armie Hammer has been the subject of an intense social-media controversy.

It all started last week when the Instagram account @houseofeffie posted dozens of screenshots of direct messages that it said Hammer had sent women from 2016 to 2020.

The messages in the screenshots, which are unverified, seemed to display fantasies of rape, domination, and cannibalism.

Hammer has stepped down from his latest movie amid what he said were 'vicious and spurious online attacks'

Among the messages, later amplified by the Instagram gossip page @deuxmoi, which boasts 590,000 followers, was one referring to the recipient as "kitten" and another asking to drink the person's blood.

Other messages show the sender telling the recipient he wants to "bite pieces off of" her and eat her heart.

Another passage of messages shared by @houseofeffie said: "I am 100% a cannibal. I want to eat you. F---. That's scary to admit. I've never admitted that before."

On Wednesday, Hammer stepped down from a coming rom-com called "Shotgun Wedding," in which he was set to play the lead opposite the star and producer Jennifer Lopez.

"Given the imminent start date of 'Shotgun Wedding,' Armie has requested to step away from the film and we support him in his decision," a production representative confirmed to Insider. The role will be recast.

In a recent statement to People, Hammer said:

"I'm not responding to these bulls--- claims, but in light of the vicious and spurious online attacks against me, I cannot in good conscience now leave my children for 4 months to shoot a film in the Dominican Republic. Lionsgate is supporting me in this and I'm grateful to them for that."

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Hammer at the 13th Annual Go Gala at NeueHouse Hollywood on November 16, 2019, in Los Angeles. Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

@houseofeffie released photos of Hammer and stories from other women

It is unclear whether these messages are genuinely from Hammer, though @houseofeffie insists they are and has tried to prove it by releasing what appear to be previously unseen photos of Hammer.

The Daily Mail reports that in one now-deleted photo, Hammer has his own hand around his throat in a selfie, apparently imitating choking.

Another now-deleted photo purports to be of Hammer's hand, which is placed on a script and has a ring-finger tattoo similar to one Hammer has on that finger.

After @houseofeffie surfaced these claims, the account shared other stories from women who it said had come forward with their own experiences and screenshots of their own conversations with the "Call Me By Your Name" actor.

"Women approached me with their affair stories as we talked overwhelmed with grief for days and nights without sleeping or eating, with some ending up in the ER," the account admin wrote in an Instagram story, which was subsequently saved to the account's highlights reel.

"We collectively decided we have to speak out after how we were treated and seeing how the women in 2020 were being treated by him," the statement continued. "We cannot allow more women to endure what we are going through in the future."

It is unclear how many women, who call themselves "kittens," have come forward or are behind the allegations, but @houseofeffie says they have "united" and have been able to work out a five-year timeline of Hammer's relationships with the various women.

The Daily Mail also reported that one of Hammer's exes, the writer Jessica Ciencin Henriquez, whose Twitter account is private, had posted about her experience with Hammer.

The Mail reported that Henriquez tweeted: "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."

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Hammer and Elizabeth Chambers married in 2010 but split in 2020. Leon Bennett/WireImage

Hammer was married to Elizabeth Chambers during the time span when @houseofeffie said the messages were sent

@houseofeffie claims she and Hammer have been talking since October 2016, during which time Hammer was married to Elizabeth Chambers.

Hammer has described a tense time in lockdown in the Caribbean with his family. While quarantining together, Hammer and Chambers decided to end their marriage after 10 years and are now estranged. Chambers filed for divorce on July 10, citing irreconcilable differences, People reported, and has asked for primary custody of their children.

In identical Instagram captions, the two announced: "Thirteen years as best friends, soulmates, partners and then parents. It has been an incredible journey, but together, we've decided to turn the page and move on from our marriage."

Hammer's past behavior is now being examined with new scrutiny

In a Netflix Brazil interview for "Rebecca" in November, Hammer said his dream dinner guest would be the Marquis de Sade, an 18th-century French philosopher and writer famous for his erotic work that heavily involved sexual violence.

The words "sadism" and "sadist" actually derive from de Sade's name.

Meanwhile, stories about what @houseofeffie calls Hammer's "obsession" with raw meat have also been surfacing. The account shared old screenshots from Hammer's Instagram in which he showed off a slab of raw meat as well as a pig's head.

@houseofeffie also shared an old interview in which Hammer recounted eating "an entire raw steak."

Hammer also frequently posts about knives on his Instagram, captioning one picture with the hashtag "#givemesomethingtocarve."

In 2013, Hammer described himself in an interview with Playboy magazine as being a "dominant lover."

"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."

"I liked the grabbing of the neck and the hair and all that. But then you get married and your sexual appetites change," he continued. "And 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. It gets to a point where you say, 'I respect you too much to do these things that I kind of want to do.'"

That same year, he told Elle a former girlfriend tried to stab him while they were having sex.

"She was like: 'True love leaves scars. You don't have any.' And then she tried to stab me with a butcher knife," he recalled. "Of course I promptly broke up with her. Seven months later."

And back in 2017, Hammer's Twitter likes had been put on display after he liked some tweets about rope play and bondage.

Representatives for Hammer did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

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