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Armie Hammer’s Most Controversial Moments Over the Years

Armie Hammer is no stranger to controversy and backlash, having raised eyebrows for his questionable behavior and comments as far back as the early days of his career.

The actor came under fire in January 2021 after multiple women took to social media to share screenshots of graphic direct messages that he had allegedly sent them. The DMs, which have not been verified, detailed domineering sexual fantasies ranging from rape to mutilation to cannibalism.

Hammer called the screenshots “bulls–t” in a statement to TMZ in addition to slamming the “vicious and spurious online attacks” that caused his name to trend on Twitter for several days straight. In the midst of the scandal, he decided to step away from the movie Shotgun Wedding, in which he had been set to star alongside Jennifer Lopez. He cited spending more time with his children, Harper and Ford, whom he shares with estranged wife Elizabeth Chambers, as the reason for his exit.

The alleged DMs were not the Call Me by Your Name star’s first controversy though. He previously made headlines for being outspoken on Twitter and Instagram as well as sharing TMI details during interviews.

As a result of his online antics, Hammer has been the subject of a number of op-eds since he broke through in the entertainment industry in 2010 with his portrayal of the Winklevoss twins in The Social Network. In November 2017, BuzzFeed made waves by publishing an article titled “Ten Long Years of Trying to Make Armie Hammer Happen,” in which the website’s senior culture writer Anne Helen Petersen wondered whether he was “truly a unique star who’s finally finding his niche — or simply a beautiful, pedigreed white man who’s been allowed, in a way that few others in Hollywood have, endless attempts to discover it.”

The Gossip Girl alum infamously called the journalist “bitter AF” after reading her viral story. He subsequently announced that he would be taking a break from Twitter, only to fan the flames with Petersen once more upon his return two months later.

As the drama surrounding Hammer continues to spark conversations on social media, scroll through the gallery below to take a look back at some of his most controversial moments of all time.

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Rough Sex Comments

Seven-and-a-half years before the Rebecca star’s alleged DMs surfaced, he candidly spoke about his penchant for BDSM during an interview with Playboy.

“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 said in June 2013, three years after tying the knot with Chambers. (The couple split in July 2020). “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.’”

BuzzFeed Back-and-Forth
Hammer tweeted in November 2017 that the chronology of the aforementioned BuzzFeed op-ed was “spot on,” though he felt the writer’s “perspective [was] bitter AF.”

“Maybe I’m just a guy who loves his job and refuses to do anything but what he loves to do…?” he added.

In February 2018, the movie star attempted to reignite the feud, telling Peterson via Twitter that she should “try meditating” or “even medicating” because her “glass seems chronically half empty.”

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