Armie Hammer has officially returned to Instagram amid a turbulent few years which saw him shunned from Hollywood following the emergence of sexual assault allegations.
The Call Me By Your Name actor, 37, reappeared on the app with a bizarre video with explanatory caption.
Hammer appeared to be sitting on a train with a laptop resting on his lap as a clip from the 1968 mystery movie The Swimmer played on the computer.
The comments section was flooded with welcoming posts from fans whom were happy to see the actor back on their Instagram feeds.
The post came after the Los Angeles District attorney announced the actor would not be charged over claims of sexual assault. It also comes after the end of his marriage to Elizabeth Chambers.
He’s back: Armie Hammer has officially returned to Instagram amid a turbulent few years which saw him shunned from Hollywood following sexual assault allegations leveled against him
Interesting statement: Armie appeared to be sitting on a train with a laptop resting on his lap as a clip from the 1968 mystery movie The Swimmer played on the computer
The Social Network star had been under investigation for sexual assault since February 2021 after his ex-girlfriend, Effie Angelova, 26, accused him of ‘violently’ raping and abusing her in 2017.
In May the LA County District Attorney announced the actor would not be charged over claims of sexual assault following Effie’s accusations of rape.
Armie posted a statement to his Instagram account after a spokesperson LA DA George Gascon announced he wouldn’t face charges due to a ‘insufficient evidence.’
‘I am very grateful to the District Attorney for conducting a thorough investigation and coming to the conclusion that I have stood by this entire time, that no crime was committed,’ Hammer wrote.
‘I look forward to beginning what will be a long, difficult process of putting my life back together now that my name is cleared.’
The post no longer appears on his Instagram.
Tiffiny Blacknell, Director of the DA’s Bureau of Communications, said in a statement that they were not able to prove Angelova’s claims.
‘Sexual assault cases are often difficult to prove, which is why we assign our most experienced prosecutors to review them. In this case, those prosecutors conducted an extremely thorough review, but determined that at this time, there is insufficient evidence to charge Mr. Hammer with a crime,’ she said.
‘As prosecutors, we have an ethical responsibility to only charge cases that we can prove beyond a reasonable doubt. We know that it is hard for women to report sexual assault,’ Blacknell added.
She did say that the county would continue to provide support to alleged victims with services.
No explanation: Hammer didn’t provide an explanatory caption, but fans were thrilled nonetheless to see him back on their Instagram feeds
Split: His wife, Elizabeth Chambers, with whom Armie shares two children, Harper and Ford, filed for divorce after 10 years of marriage in the wake of the controversy
‘Even when we cannot move forward with a prosecution, our victim service representatives will be available to those who seek our victim support services. Due to the complexity of the relationship and inability to prove a non-consensual, forcible sexual encounter we are unable to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.’
He has denied the accusations of rape through his attorney and said all of his sexual encounters were ‘completely consensual, discussed and agreed upon in advance and mutually participatory’.
Several other women came forward and accused Hammer of being interested in kinky sex and even cannibalism in the wake of Angelova’s claims.
The Social Network actor was dropped by his personal publicist and former agency as well as multiple projects following the allegations.
Hammer also stepped down from a role in Jennifer Lopez’s film Shotgun Wedding, but maintained his innocence.
‘I’m not responding to these b******* claims but in light of the vicious and spurious online attacks against me, I cannot in good conscience now leave my children for four months to shoot a film in the Dominican Republic,’ he said in a statement to the Daily Mail.
The actor subsequently claimed he tried to commit suicide in the Cayman Islands following the backlash.
Former flame: The former couple pictured in 2018
‘I just walked out into the ocean and swam out as far as I could and hoped that either I drowned, or was hit by a boat, or eaten by a shark,’ Hammer said.
Angelova hit back, accusing Hammer of being ‘manipulative’ and trying to ‘evoke sympathy’.
She said he had told her the suicide story years before she spoke out, and was only sharing it publicly in an attempt to gain sympathy and silence his victims.
The actor has admitted he was emotionally abusive towards his former partners, but blamed his actions on being traumatized by a youth pastor who allegedly sexually abused him when he was 13.
The scandal began when the Instagram account House of Effie started leaking disturbing messages, said to be sent by him between 2016 and February 2020, that include conversations about BDSM, in addition to numerous sexual references to cannibalistic acts and blood-sucking.
In one message, the actor allegedly writes to the woman: ‘I am 100% a cannibal. I want to eat you.’
‘F**k. That’s scary to admit,’ the message continues. ‘I’ve never admitted that before.’
Hammer’s former partners Paige Lorenze and Courtney Vucekovich then also accused him of being physically and emotionally abusive while they were together.
Armie posted a statement to his Instagram account after a spokesperson LA DA George Gascon announced he wouldn’t face charges due to a ‘insufficient evidence’
Lorenze told Page Six that the actor had carved the letter ‘A’ into her pelvis to brand her and then sucked the blood that oozed out.
In March 2021, Angelova officially came forward with her attorney Gloria Allred, alleging: ‘On April 24, 2017, Armie Hammer violently raped me for over four hours in Los Angeles, during which he repeatedly slapped my head against a wall bruising my face.
‘He also committed other acts of violence against me to which I did not consent.’
Angelova said she thought Hammer was ‘going to kill’ her and claimed he beat her feet during the alleged attack ‘so they would hurt’, according to Variety.
The 26-year-old claimed she met Hammer on Facebook when she was 20, before falling in love with the actor.
But she has since said she fell victim to ‘manipulation tactics’.
Shortly after, the LAPD confirmed it was investigating the actor after a ‘community member’ came forward with an attorney on February 3, 2021, with a sexual assault claim.
Hammer has continuously denied the allegations made against him.
His lawyer has said Hammer’s encounter with Angelova was ‘completely consensual, discussed and agreed upon in advance, and mutually participatory’.
In a statement, the lawyer said: ‘Effie’s own correspondence with Mr. Hammer undermines and refutes her outrageous allegations. As recently as July 18, 2020, [she] sent graphic texts to Mr. Hammer telling him what she wanted him to do to her.
‘Mr. Hammer responded, making it clear that he did not want to maintain that type of relationship with her.
‘It was never Mr. Hammer’s intention to embarrass or expose [Effie’s] fetishes or kinky sexual desires, but she has now escalated this matter to another level by hiring a civil lawyer to host a public press conference.
‘With the truth on his side, Mr. Hammer welcomes the opportunity to set the record straight. From day one, Mr. Hammer has maintained that all of his interactions with [Effie] — and every other sexual partner of his for that matter — have been completely consensual, discussed and agreed upon in advance, and mutually participatory.
‘[Effie’s] attention seeking and ill-advised legal bid will only make it more difficult for real victims of sexual violence to get the justice they deserve.’