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"The Committee is very disturbed by the video," the Miss Cayman Islands Universe Committee said in a statement, in part, ahead of Armie Hammer's apology

By Jen Juneau
January 18, 2021 09:43 AM
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Armie Hammer is apologizing after posting a video to his private Instagram account of a woman in lingerie whom he referred to as "Miss Cayman."

The actor, 34, issued the statement to the Cayman Compass on Sunday, beginning, "I would like to clarify that the person in my video, which was stolen from my private Instagram, is not Miss Cayman." (According to the Compass, the woman's face is not visible in the video.)

"I am genuinely sorry for any confusion my foolish attempt at humor may have caused," he added. "My deep sympathies to Miss Cayman, who I don't know, and to the entire organization, as I had no intentions of implying she was actually Miss Cayman."

Hammer's apology came after Miss Cayman Islands Universe Committee Chairperson Derri Dacres-Lee posted on the organization's Instagram account that its members were "aware of a video allegedly posted by Armie Hammer referring to a scantily clad young woman as 'Miss Cayman.' "

"The Committee is very disturbed by the video and would like to confirm that the woman is not the reigning Miss Cayman Islands and has no affiliation to the Miss Cayman Islands Universe pageant," their statement continued.

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The committee went on to say that they "and the reigning Miss Cayman [Mariah Tibbetts] regard this issue with the utmost seriousness and the matter has been reported to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS)."

"The role of Miss Cayman is in part, to serve as a role model to young Caymanian women," they continued. "The depiction of the woman in the video goes against all that our organization stands for and the Committee is consequently requesting that Mr. Hammer immediately remove all references to Miss Cayman from his social media channels."

Hammer has been at the center of controversy as of late amid his split from wife Elizabeth Chambers. (The two share son Ford Douglas Armand, 4, and daughter Harper Grace, 6.)

Recently, several private messages were leaked by the anonymous social media account House of Effie. The messages, which have not been verified, were alleged to be from the Call Me By Your Name actor and described sexual fantasies including BDSM.

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Hammer exited his planned action-comedy Shotgun Wedding amid the allegations, saying in part in a recent statement obtained by PEOPLE, "I'm not responding to these bulls--- claims but in light of the vicious and spurious online attacks against me, I cannot in good conscience now leave my children for 4 months to shoot a film in the Dominican Republic."

A production spokesman told PEOPLE, "Given the imminent start date of Shotgun Wedding, Armie has requested to step away from the film and we support him in his decision." 

Earlier this month, Hammer reunited with his kids in the Cayman Islands, where they have been quarantining with Chambers, 38, since last spring. (Hammer initially joined them, but had returned to California by summer.)