Gloria Allred, an internationally renowned advocate for women’s rights, has withdrawn her representation of Effie Angelova, who has accused actor Armie Hammer of “violently” raping her during an alleged sexual encounter.
Recently, Angelova has slammed the lawyer for appearing in the Discovery+ documentary House of Hammer, which was broadcast earlier this month and featured interviews with numerous women who claimed to have been sexually assaulted by the Call Me By Your Name actor.
Despite Effie Angelova’s absence, a news conference she gave in 2021 was shown in one of the episodes.
In light of the fact that Gloria was well aware of how strongly I opposed participating in the docuseries, my discovery that she had granted an interview to the producers came as something of a shock.
After criticizing the “disgusting” documentary in a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, Angelova told Us Weekly that the experience had been “devastating to me and my family and felt like a betrayal.”
A source told Us that Gloria Allred fired Effie after she refused to sign a declaration under perjury of her charges, contradicting stories that Angelova was the one who fired her lawyer.
In a news conference held in March 2021 with Allred by her side, the social media star revealed her claims against Hammer.
Angelova said in 2017 that she and the actor had dated on and off from 2016 to 2020 and that in April of 2017 they had a sexual encounter that lasted “for over four hours” in Los Angeles.
Armie Hammer “committed various acts of violence against me, to which I did not consent,” she said, including banging her head against a wall.
We were able to confirm at the time that the Los Angeles Police Department had opened an investigation into the sexual assault allegations.
Hammer’s attorney released a long statement refuting Angelova’s “outrageous charges,” saying, “With the truth on his side, Mr. Hammer welcomes the opportunity to set the record right.”
The lawyer stated, “From the very beginning, Mr. Hammer has maintained that everything he has done with Ms. Angelova, and every other sexual partner of his for that matter, has been totally consensual, discussed and agreed upon in advance, and mutually participating.”
The actor from Death on the Nile went into a Florida rehab center for drug, alcohol, and sex problems some months after the story made headlines. Us verified that Hammer had checked out of the treatment facility in December 2021, but did not specify how long he had been there.
After ten years of marriage, Hammer and Elizabeth Chambers announced their separation in July 2020, and Angelova recently made headlines again by releasing what she claims are text conversations from Hammer’s ex-wife.
It is claimed in the screenshots that Chambers encouraged Angelova to “create a declaration” regarding her supposed encounter with Hammer so that she might gain legal custody of her children. They have a 7-year-old daughter named Harper and a 5-year-old son named Ford together.
While Armie and Effie were having an open relationship, “Elizabeth was the one who reached out to Effie originally,” says their source. However, in a statement to Us, a representative for Chambers refuted Angelova’s claims and added, “The safety and well-being of their children remain her priority.”
The owner of Bird Bakery told E! News earlier this month that she and Hammer are not divorced but are co-parenting amicably. That he is the best possible father to our kids is the only thing that counts to me, and we talk all the time.
She told the magazine that she hasn’t rejected the charges made against the Rebecca actor because “he processes everything else that he’s dealing with privately — and that’s his own road now.”
I identify as a feminist and want to express my support for all victims, regardless of the nature of their trauma, in the hopes that they will find peace. Life has been awful for me, so I’m not sitting here acting all smug like “This is the best period of my life.”