Actor Armie Hammer is under investigation for sexual assault, Los Angeles police said on Thursday.
Hammer’s attorney denied the claim.
Hammer is the prime suspect in a sexual assault reported to police on February 3, said LAPD spokesman Drake Madison. The police would not provide any further details about the incident or the person who made the report.
Earlier on Thursday, a woman said at a video press conference that Hammer raped her for four hours on April 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, hit her head against a wall and committed other acts of violence against her.
The Associated Press generally does not identify suspected sexual assault victims.
The woman appeared on camera, but only identified herself by her first name, Effie.
“During those four hours I tried to get away, but he wouldn’t let me,” she said tearfully. “I thought he was going to kill me. He then left with no concern for my welfare. “
The woman’s attorney, Gloria Allred, said she presented evidence to Los Angeles police, including photos of Effie’s injuries. Allred declined to say when they produced the report and did not want to confirm that it was the February report that the LAPD is investigating.
Effie was 20 when she and Hammer met on Facebook and started a relationship in 2016, and they last met last year, Allred said.
Hammer’s attorney said in a statement that he claimed from the start that all of his interactions with Effie and any other sexual partner were “completely consensual, discussed and agreed in advance, and mutually involved”.
The statement called her allegations “attention-seeking and ill-advised” and said “her own correspondence with Mr Hammer undermines and refutes her outrageous allegations.”
“With the truth on his side, Mr. Hammer welcomes the opportunity to correct the record,” said Andrew Brettler.
The statement included a screenshot that Brettler said was a text message exchange between Hammer and Effie in July last year in which she expressed a desire to have rough, powerful sex with him, and he replied that he was no longer wants a relationship with her.
The 34-year-old actor was married to television personality Elizabeth Chambers at the time. They divorced last year.
Hammer first became famous in 2010 for playing twins The social networkand is best known for starring in the 2017s Call me by your name and 2013 The Lone Ranger.
Hammer was most recently seen in the Netflix remake of Rebecca. A continuation of Call me by your name with Timothée Chalamet was also in development.
Sexual violence allegations in recent months have derailed Hammer’s career.
Earlier this year, an Instagram account posted screenshots of text messages allegedly from Hammer back in 2016. Allred didn’t want to comment on whether her customer is behind this account, @houseofeffie. When these text messages appeared in media reports, Hammer called them “malicious and false online attacks against me”.
After these lyrics were published, Hammer left the comedy Must see, in which he was to appear alongside Jennifer Lopez shortly before production began. Soon after, he left the Paramount + series The offerabout making The Godfather.
Hammer was also dropped by his agency WME.