Actor Armie Hammer Leaves Broadway Play Following Sexual Assault Investigation
CNN is reporting that Armie Hammer has now exited the Broadway play The Minutes.
Recall that the actor is being investigated in a sexual assault case, and on Friday, he published a statement explaining his decision to leave the Tracy Letts play, which was set to resume production in the 2021-22 season.
“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, per CNN. “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.”
This comes after attorney Gloria Allred and a woman named Effie detailed Effie’s 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, per CNN. “I thought he was going to kill me. Then [he] left with no concern for my well-being.”
Hammer has denied the claims, and now he is being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department in a sexual assault case opened Feb. 3. He has also been dropped by agency WME and Amma Asante’s thriller Billion Dollar Spy.