In the aftermath of a highly publicized scandal that saw the actor at the center of allegations of s*xual abuse and cannibalism, Armie Hammer has opened up about his struggles and experiences in a candid interview with Air Mail.
This is the first time he has publicly addressed the matter since the allegations first emerged two years ago.
Childhood S*xual Abuse
Hammer revealed that he was s*xually abused by a priest when he was just 13 years old.
"What that did for me was it introduced s*xuality into my life in a way that was completely out of my control," he told Air Mail. "I was powerless in the situation, I had no agency. S*xuality was introduced to me in a scary way, where I had no control.
My interests then went to wanting to have control in the s*xual situation." The actor went on to say that his interest in BDSM s*x can be traced back to that traumatic experience. Addressing the Allegations Hammer also spoke about the allegations made against him and took responsibility for emotionally abusing his former partners.
"I would have these younger women in their mid-20s, and I'm in my 30s. I was a successful actor at the time. They could have been happy to just be with me and would have said yes to things that maybe they wouldn't have said yes to on their own.
That's an imbalance of power in the situation," he said. He added, "I'm here to own my mistakes, take accountability for the fact that I was an asshole, that I was selfish, that I used people to make me feel better, and when I was done, moved on." Suicidal Thoughts and Recovery The interview also described a situation that the journalist referred to as a suicide attempt.
Hammer admitted to swimming out to sea with the intention of either drowning, being hit by a ship, or attacked by a shark. However, the thought of his children waiting for him on the shore was enough to make him abandon such thoughts.
"I'm now a healthier, happier, more balanced person. I'm able to be there for my kids in a way I never was... I'm truly grateful for my life and my recovery and everything. I would not go back and undo everything that's happened to me," Hammer stated.
The actor has two children with his ex-wife Elizabeth Chambers – son Ford and daughter Harper. The interview with Armie Hammer provides a rare insight into the personal struggles of a public figure and serves as a reminder that even the most successful people can be affected by trauma and abuse.
The actor's bravery in opening up about his experiences is commendable and sends a message of hope to others who may be going through similar struggles.