American actor Armie Hammer has been dropped from Amma Asante’s Cold War thriller ‘The Billion Dollar Spy’. The 34-year-old actor has been removed from the project in light of recent sexual assault allegations that are currently under investigation.
‘The Billion Dollar Spy’ is based on a true story. The film was to have Hammer star as Brad Reid, a fresh arrival into the Russian CIA, where he’s approached by Soviet engineer Adolf Tolkachev, played by Mads Mikkelsen.
Hammer has been involved in a controversy over graphic messages he allegedly sent to several women over social media. On March 18, a woman called Effie accused Hammer of rape in a press conference with attorney Gloria Allred. The LAPD confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that the ‘Call Me By Your Name’ actor is a suspect in a sexual assault case that was opened on February 3.
Effie said she first met Hammer over Facebook in 2016 when she was 20 years old and entered into an on-and-off relationship between 2016 to 2020.
“He abused me mentally, emotionally and sexually,” she said of the relationship. Hammer denies the claims.
Hammer first faced backlash in early January when several disturbing, unverified comments and conversations attributed to the actor surfaced on social media that outlined emotional abuse, manipulation and coercion. One of the accounts that shared anonymous messages was @houseofeffie.
The Hollywood Reporter unveiled that earlier, Hammer exited ‘The Offer’, a Paramount+ series about the making of ‘The Godfather’. Before that, he resigned from Lionsgate action-comedy ‘Shotgun Wedding’, which would have paired him with Jennifer Lopez. Josh Duhamel replaced him in the movie.