The documentary Armie Hammer faces a controversy that raises eyebrows

The following article contains a discussion of sexual assault and violence.

House of Hammer, the Discovery+ documentary about the rape allegations against actor Armie Hammer, is causing a stir. The three-part docu-series premiered on September 2, 2022 and immediately drew criticism from one of Hammer’s alleged victims. The woman – who goes by the alias Effie – revealed to the Los Angeles Times that she was invited to take part in the television special, but declined without question. “It is grossly inappropriate of you to take advantage of such a tragic, vulnerable time in so many people’s lives, with no regard for our healing process and privacy,” Effie said.

Effie was the only victim to take legal action against Hammer after she created an anonymous Instagram account in hopes of exposing the star. During a press conference in March 2021, Effie claimed Hammer had “repeatedly” abused her and forced her into violent sexual acts. “I thought he was going to kill me,” Effie said (per Variety).

And while the abuse allegations are troubling, the filmmakers behind the project now face a bizarre controversy.

The documentary series used a fake injury photo

Discovery+ is facing a backlash after viewers noticed a major blunder in the first episode of the docu-series. In the first episode, Armie Hammer’s accuser Courtney Vucekovich alleged that the oil heir had physically violent sex. During Vucekovich’s recollection, an image of an alleged bite mark was shown on the screen. “I think Armie took that picture,” Courtney recalled (via E! News). “He really bites hard. And he tells you to wear it like a badge of honor, almost like he’s convinced me I’m lucky to have it.”

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However, social media users suggested that the photo was not of Vucekovich, and some speculated that the image was stolen from the internet. “This is not a mistake’. You stole an image from Pinterest [and] presented it as evidence,” one person tweeted. Another Twitter user added, “So the filmmakers didn’t review the images they put in their film?”

Following the backlash, Vucekovich attempted to provide an explanation for the mix-up, claiming that the image included in the documentation had previously been sent to her by Hammer himself. “I believed it was a photo of me as I have dozens of photos showing his abuse on my body,” Vucekovich said in a statement to People. Talos Films – who produced the special for Discovery+ – confirmed the image was removed after an “investigation”. Hammer has denied the allegations, implying that every sexual encounter he had was consensual.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual assault, help is available to help. Visit the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network website or contact the RAINN National Helpline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).