Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer became very close after filming Call Me By Your Name, an Oscar- winning picture about a coming-of-age summer romance. That may have changed, however, when a woman named Effie came forward in March and said that Armie Hammer had abused and “violently raped” her back in 2017. Armie Hammer has denied the claim vehemently, as well as others made by a former ex-girlfriend.
Speaking with Time in promotion for his new film, the science-fiction/fantasy epic Dune, Timothee Chalamet told interviewer Sam Lansky that it didn’t feel right to speak about Armie yet when questioned.
“He demurs when asked about co-star Armie Hammer, who has denied a widely publicized accusation of rape,” Lansky wrote for Time, describing the scene.
Timothee responded saying that he understood why he would ask him about Armie, but that it wasn’t the right time or place. He’s here to promote Dune. “It’s a question worthy of a larger conversation, and I don’t want to give you a partial response,” he said.
Timothee Chalamet has yet to speak out about his Call Me By Your Name co-star’s allegations of sexual assault, and it’s unknown if the two have any sort of relationship anymore.
Back in 2018, before the rape allegations against Armie went public, Timothee Chalamet said that “Armie and I are 1000% in” on a sequel. “I don’t see any world where it doesn’t happen,” he almost presciently said. Later in June 2021, the project was canceled, and Timothee moved on to his new Wonka origin story movie.
Armie Hammer was later dropped by his management team at WME, his personal publicist, and two films: the Cold War drama film Billion Dollar Spy, where he was set to co-star alongside Mads Mikkelsen, and Shotgun Wedding, a rom com starring Jennifer Lopez.
“I’m not responding to these bullshit claims,” Armie Hammer wrote in a heated statement back in January, “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.”
Armie’s last appearance was in Crisis, a film about the opioid epidemic released in February.
After a disturbing expose was released at the beginning of the year detailing Armie Hammer’s odd, alleged cannibal and rape fantasies, messages said to be sent by the actor revealed even more alarming stories. He reportedly said that he “wanted to cut off” his ex-girlfriend’s toe and “‘keep it in his pocket,” along with other cannibalistic and slave tinged fantasies.
“You just live to obey me and be my slave,” he said in a screenshot of his text messages. “‘I will own you. That’s my soul. My brain. My spirit. My body. Would you come and be my property till you die?”
One of Armie Hammer’s exes, writer Jessica Ciencin Henriquez, later confirmed that these kinds of messages were real. Another ex, Courtney Vucekovich, said that Armie often sent her weird text messages describing how he wanted to “barbecue and eat” her.
“He says, ‘I want to take a bite out of you.’ If I had a little cut on my hand, he’d like suck it or lick it,” she explained. “That’s about as weird as we got.”
They were a series of weird stories until Effie came forward with her allegations, leading the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) into a rape investigation that has been going on since March. Describing the event, she said that she “thought that he was going to kill me.”
Declining to discuss the case, a spokeswoman for the LAPD told The New York Times in March that he is “a named suspect in an alleged sexual assault.”
In a statement from his lawyer, Andrew Brettler, Armie Hammer denied every claim against him, calling each relationship “completely consensual, discussed and agreed upon in advance, and mutually participatory.”
“I didn’t realize how much I didn’t know,” Armie Hammer’s ex-wife Elizabeth Chambers later said. She filed for divorce in July 2020 after 10 years of marriage and two children.