US actor Armie Hammer has mentioned he’s “very grateful” to prosecutors following a call to not cost him over allegations of sexual assault.
The 36-year-old mentioned he was trying ahead to “beginning what will be a long, difficult process of putting my life back together” in an announcement shared on social media following the announcement by the Los Angeles County district lawyer’s workplace.
Hammer, identified for movies together with Call Me By Your Name, Hotel Mumbai and The Social Network, was accused of rape by a girl in Los Angeles in March 2021 and confronted claims over specific messages he allegedly despatched on social media.
Prosecutors performed an “extremely thorough review”, the district lawyer’s workplace has now mentioned, however there’s at the moment “insufficient evidence” to cost Hammer.
“Sexual assault cases are often difficult to prove, which is why we assign our most experienced prosecutors to review them,” mentioned Tiffiny Blacknell, director of the bureau of communications.
“In this case, those prosecutors conducted an extremely thorough review, but determined that at this time, there is insufficient evidence to charge Mr Hammer with a crime.”
She continued: “As prosecutors, we now have an moral accountability to solely cost circumstances that we will show past an affordable doubt. We know that it’s onerous for girls to report sexual assault.
“Even when we cannot move forward with a prosecution, our victim service representatives will be available to those who seek our victim support services.
“Due to the complexity of the connection and incapability to show a non-consensual, forcible sexual encounter we’re unable to show the case past an affordable doubt.”
In his assertion, Hammer wrote: “I am very grateful to the District Attorney for conducting a thorough investigation and coming to the conclusion that I have stood by this entire time, that no crime was committed.
“I look ahead to starting what will likely be an extended, tough means of placing my life again collectively now that my identify is cleared.”
In the caption he added: “I wish to say a really particular thanks to all the individuals who have helped me get via this time. Onwards and upwards.”
Following the allegations, Hammer stepped down from a movie function reverse Jennifer Lopez and took to quarantining within the Cayman Islands in the course of the pandemic. He was additionally changed by Miles Teller within the TV sequence The Offer, a drama concerning the making of The Godfather.
Earlier this yr, he spoke out concerning the allegations for the primary time, revealing he was sexually abused as a young person and saying he thought of taking his personal life within the aftermath of the claims towards him.
The father-of-two, who has all the time vehemently denied all of the claims, mentioned within the interview with digital e-newsletter Air Mail: “I’m now grateful for everything that’s happened to me. I’m able to be there for my kids in a way I never was.”
In September, a three-part Discovery+ sequence titled House Of Hammer, produced by the actor’s aunt Casey Hammer, confirmed on-camera interviews with two of the actors alleged victims, during which they detailed a few of their alleged abuse.