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Armie Hammer dodges sexual assault charges after Los Angeles Police investigation

Armie Hammer dodges sexual assault charges after Los Angeles Police investigation

After an 'extremely thorough review', the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has confirmed the actor won’t be charged.

Armie Hammer will not face sexual assault charges in the wake of a lengthy investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department, the state District Attorney's office has confirmed.

The 36-year-old actor has been at the centre of a number of alarming claims with regards to sexual assault, cannibalism, blood play and other fantasies since screenshots emerged online in 2021.

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As a result, the Los Angeles Police Department launched an investigation into allegations against Hammer.

But now, after a two-year long probe into the alleged rape and sexual assault, the Director of Communications for DA George Gascon Tiffiny Blacknell has confirmed he will not face charges, as per Variety.

"Sexual assault cases are often difficult to prove, which is why we assign our most experienced prosecutors to review them," Blacknell said in a statement.

"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 added that prosecutors have an ethical responsibility to only charge cases that can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

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"We know that it is hard for women to report sexual assault. Even when we cannot move forward with a prosecution, our victim service representatives will be available to those who seek our victim support services," Blacknell said.

"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."

The woman at the center of the accusations, known only by her first name, Effie, came forward in 2021 to accuse Hammer of 'mentally, emotionally and sexually' abusing during the course of their four-year relationship.

She claimed the star became 'increasingly more violent' during the course of their romance and in 2017, she claimed his abuse allegedly escalated to rape.

Speaking to Page Six, Effie revealed she is 'disappointed' by the District Attorney's decision not to charge Hammer.

"I felt a duty to speak out and file a report in order to try to hold Armie accountable for all the harm and trauma he has caused me and in order to protect other women from experiencing similar abuse," she said.

"It has cost me a great deal to have spoken out and filed a report against Armie’s abuse."

Effie added that since she spoke out against the Call Me By Your Name star, she has been the victim of 'death threats, rape threats, countless attacks, and atrocious, incessant harassment'.

She finished her statement by adding she believes many of Hammer's alleged victims were afraid to come forward.

"My hope is that one day, rapists won’t get away with it," she said.

Featured Image Credit: Image Press Agency / Alamy. AGENZIA SINTESI / Alamy.

Topics: Celebrity, Entertainment, Crime