So, Vanity Fair dropped a longform article about Armie Hammer's family history and his recent personal...um, shall we say...issues. The article doesn't really drop a ton of new info, but it was a deep dive into a super fucked-up legacy of misogyny from the Hammers.
- His great-great-grandparents had ties to and personal protection from Lenin and Stalin.
- His great-grandfather, Armand Hammer, was buddies with Prince Charles and Al Gore. He also committed money laundering, funded Soviet espionage, bribed various officials, and made illegal campaign donations. He was personally pardoned by George H.W. Bush.
- He made his mistress change her name and wear disguises for decades and promised to care for her children, only to leave her out of his will.
- His grandfather, Julian Hammer, murdered one of his friends in a rage over a gambling debt. The charges were dismissed.
- Casey Hammer, Armie's aunt, claims that Julian sexually abused her as a child.
- [SEX THRONE]The endowment he is most proud of, multiple people say, is his own. For years, three people claimed, Michael boasted about a sex throne or “naughty chair,” as he has called it, that he kept in Armand Hammer Foundation headquarters in Carpinteria—a warehouse where two people claim Michael lived for several years after his divorce. The structure, about seven feet high, features a chair with a hole in the seat, a cage underneath, and a hook. The Hammer coat of arms—the same one that, for years, adorned the exterior of the headquarters—is painted on the seat. In one photo Michael sits atop the throne grinning while holding the head of a blonde woman, sitting in the cage and also smiling. In response to Vanity Fair’s questions about Michael’s sex throne, drug and alcohol use, finances, and history with women, Clare, counsel for Michael Hammer and the Armand Hammer Foundation, said, “These questions, which ask about unsolicited gag gifts sent by friends, conduct that sounds pretty typical of recently-divorced people, and entirely legal financial transactions that were properly accounted for, are absurd.”
- Armie's father inherited only $250,000 of his family's fortune.
- Armie is nearly broke from money mismanagement.
- Elizabeth Chambers, his ex-wife, joked to her friends that her marriage was like "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile," Netflix'x biopic of Ted Bundy.
- Armie did indeed have an affair with a coworker. According to the timeline, it is probably Lily James, ALLEGEDLY.
- He cheated on Elizabeth while their son was still a newborn.
- The final straw was when she found an incriminating text message from a co-star on his phone.
- Armie's mother believed that the devil was trying to "take" him.
- Armie's aunt compares their family to that in the show "Succession."