Armie Hammer's Former Girlfriend Says He's 'Kind of a Scary Person': 'I Just Started to Feel Really Unsafe'

Two women have come forward with their experiences dating the Call Me By Your Name star

Armie Hammer's former girlfriend Paige Lorenze is speaking out about feeling "unsafe" in her relationship with the actor.

Lorenze, a 23-year-old design student who began seeing Hammer in September, said she broke things off with the actor, 34, after he "started making rules for me of things I could and couldn't do," in an interview with Vanity Fair.

"He told me that I couldn't have anyone else in my bed," Lorenze said of Hammer. "And then I just started to feel really unsafe and really sick to my stomach about things. I was also emotionally dependent on him."

Lorenze said she ended the relationship over text "because you never know what you're going to get with him—he's kind of a scary person."

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A lawyer for Hammer, Andrew Brettler, said in a statement to the publication, "All interactions between Mr. Hammer and his former partners were consensual. They were fully discussed, agreed upon in advance with his partners, and mutually participatory. The stories perpetuated on social media were designed to be salacious in an effort to harm Mr. Hammer, but that does not make them true."

Courtney Vucekovich, who said she began dating Hammer in June 2020, also spoke to Vanity Fair and said she and The Social Network star "bonded over past trauma."

Vucekovich, 30, said Hammer made her feel like "the only girl in the world," before she explained one sexual encounter with Hammer in which she said he persuaded her into "a bondage scenario that I was not comfortable with."

She said she "eventually consented and really regretted doing so." Vucekovich said the two split in September. She then checked herself into a treatment program for trauma.

Lorenze's and Vucekovich's interviews come a month after the Call Me By Your Name actor was dropped by his talent agency, William Morris Endeavor, according to sources. Hammer's publicist has since also stepped away, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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This came after he exited the upcoming Jennifer Lopez action-comedy Shotgun Wedding amid the controversy surrounding his alleged leaked online messages. Josh Duhamel has since replaced him in the film. Hammer will also no longer be starring in the Paramount+ series The Offer or the Julia Roberts and Sean Penn Watergate series Gaslit.

In a statement obtained by PEOPLE after Hammer left Shotgun Wedding, the actor said, "I'm not responding to these bull— 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."

"Lionsgate is supporting me in this and I'm grateful to them for that," he said.

In January, a private Instagram account, @houseofeffie, shared alleged screenshots of direct messages they claimed were written between themselves and Hammer.

The messages, which have not been verified, include graphic accounts of sexual acts including topics such as cannibalism, with one message depicting the actor allegedly writing, "I am 100% a cannibal."

Some of the alleged Instagram messages refer to rape, although it is unclear if the messages meant consensual kink play involving rape fantasies or nonconsensual sex.

Jessica Ciencin Henriquez, a writer with whom Hammer was seen with in September, tweeted screenshots of the alleged messages in January, writing, "If you are still questioning whether or not those Armie Hammer DMs are real (and they are) maybe you should start questioning why we live in a culture willing to give abusers the benefit of the doubt instead of victims. TW// sexual violence."

The actor's estranged wife, Elizabeth Chambers, addressed the controversy in an Instagram post on February, writing, "For weeks, I've been trying to process everything that has transpired. I am shocked, heartbroken, and devastated. Heartbreak aside, I am listening, and will continue to listen and educate myself on these delicate matters. I didn't realize how much I didn't know."

"I support any victim of assault or abuse and urge anyone who has experienced this pain to seek the help she or he needs to heal," she continued. "At this time, I will not be commenting further on this matter."

"My sole focus and attention will continue to be on our children, on my work and on healing during this incredibly difficult time," Chambers added. "Thank you for all of the love and support, and thank you in advance for your continued kindness, respect, and consideration for our children and me as we find ways to move forward."

Chambers and Hammer married in May 2010 and announced their split last July after 13 years together and 9 years of marriage. They share two children: daughter Harper Grace, 6, and son Ford Douglas Armand, 4.

In June 2013, the actor told Playboy he "used to like to be a dominant lover."

"I liked the grabbing of the neck and the hair and all that," he said at the time. "But then you get married and your sexual appetites change. And I mean that for the better—it's not like I'm suffering in any way. But you can't really pull your wife's hair. It gets to a point where you say, 'I respect you too much to do these things that I kind of want to do.'"

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