A now former friend of Chambers, who allowed Chambers access to her email account, provided emails and screen shots of text messages to News84Media, which show that Hammer’s ex allegedly posed as this woman and sent messages to press outlets using her account. The woman, who has asked not to be named in News84Media’s report, citing privacy for her family and children, said she is coming forward because she feels things “went too far” as she was trying to “support my friend while she was going through a difficult divorce.”
News84Media has also obtained screenshots of text messages between Chambers and her former friend discussing the impersonation.
The woman told News84Media that she would sometimes speak to reporters on the phone, while Chambers stood beside her and told her what to say, adding that she felt “pressure” to keep up the charade.
News84Media has reached out to representatives of Chambers who declined to comment.
Hammer’s lawyer, Andrew Brettler, declined to comment when reached by News84Media.
Hammer, who has appeared in films like “Call Me By Your Name” and “The Social Network,” and Chambers were married for 10 years. They share two children together. Chambers filed for divorce from the actor in July 2020, citing irreconcilable differences.
On October 15, 2020, according to screenshots of an email message viewed by News84Media, Chambers contacted a media outlet using her friend’s name and account. In the email, she claimed that Hammer had abandoned her and their children in Grand Cayman where they were living together during the early months of the pandemic, before their separation, to spend time with actress Lily James. The email tip by Chambers was sent just weeks before Hammer and James’ movie “Rebecca” was set to debut on Netflix.
James’ representative has previously denied the allegation that the two co-stars had an affair.
It’s unclear if any of the outlets used the information provided by Chambers, although they did repeatedly cover the former couple’s split and Hammer’s professional downfall.
Two months after first sharing her allegations of abuse, Effie accused Hammer of raping her in 2017. She made the allegation during a press conference with Allred. Allred told News84Media that as of last week, she is no longer representing Effie. She did not elaborate why.
News84Media has reached out to Effie for comment and has not heard back.
Hammer has not been charged with any crime and has denied any wrongdoing. At the time, his attorney called the allegation “outrageous” and said Hammer’s interactions with the woman and other partners have been “completely consensual, discussed and agreed upon in advance.”
In images of emails obtained by News84Media and dated January 13, 2021, allegedly writing under the guise of her friend, Chambers provided screenshots from Hammer’s private Instagram account to the same reporter she had previously contacted. In the correspondence, Chambers writes that Hammer had been photographed poolside, despite the allegations from women coming forward on social media, “smugly living his most privileged life as his career burns to the ground.”
Two days later, the outlet published a story about Hammer’s private Instagram account, although it is unclear whether the story was prompted by the emails.
In the texts and emails obtained by News84Media, Chambers appears to acknowledge multiple times that she is impersonating her friend. In one screenshot of a text message sent from Chambers to her friend, she writes, “Omg. I’m currently writing an email from your account to the [media outlet].”
In Chambers’ interview this week, she said their whole family is now focused on healing.
“Armie has been focused on his healing. There’s the oxygen mask theory: You can’t really take care of someone until you are taken care of,” she said. “He has been very busy securing his own mask. My mask has been secured, [the kids’] masks are on, so right now it’s really been a lot about focusing on them, protecting them.”