ARMIE Hammer is "sober and dating again" after being accused of rape by a 24-year-old woman who claimed he beat her for hours, The Sun can exclusively reveal.
The under-fire actor is now being investigated by police in LA after a former lover, only identified as Effie, claimed he “mentally, emotionally and sexually” abused her during their four-year relationship.
Armie has been in the spotlight after a series of graphic texts, allegedly between him and several women, showed him talking about drinking their blood, describing scenes of sexual control, and references to cannibalism.
In one message, Armie allegedly described himself as "100% a cannibal" and told a woman "I want to eat you."
He was spotted in Grand Cayman last week for the first time since the scandal broke, enjoying a cozy day with a mystery blonde, and friends have confirmed he is dating again.
A pal told The Sun: "Armie is seeing someone, we've known her a while and she's a nice girl, I don't believe she thinks he's the guy he's been portrayed as in the media."
A second source revealed the actor is desperate to prove he's changed his ways, by quitting booze and drugs, after previously "boasting of drug use" on his secret Instagram page.
In one video on the account, which he since confirmed is his, he was seen taking a drag from a vape box, writing: “When you realize they don't test for DMT on drug tests," referencing the powerful hallucinogenic.
"Armie is completely sober now and really working on himself," an insider claimed to The Sun.
"It is pretty amazing to see the transformation. He seems to be in a better place.
"He is still very restricted in seeing his kids, hopefully that will all change soon."
The Sun has contacted Armie's lawyer for comment, but did not hear back.
Despite seemingly turning a corner, police have confirmed they have launched an investigation into an allegation of rape made against the Hollywood actor on February 3.
It is not known whether Armie will return to Los Angeles from Grand Cayman to be questioned by officers after he vehemently denied the claims, saying their relationship was "consensual."
Armie's accuser, Effie, was introduced during a press conference by Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred last week, and alleged she was violently raped in 2017 during which the actor slammed her head against a wall.
The pretty brunette, who lives in Europe, claimed she had an on-off relationship with the star from 2016 to 2020 after first connecting on Facebook while he was still with his estranged wife, Elizabeth Chambers.
Sobbing as she spoke, Effie said that during their time together she “lost the will to live."
The woman also claimed that in addition to a horrific four-hour rape, Armie committed "other acts of violence," and "beat my feet with a crop."
Visibly upset, she told the room: "He also committed other acts of violence against me to which I did not consent.
"For example he beat my feet with a crop so they would hurt with every step I took for the next week.
"During those four hours, I tried to get away but he wouldn't let me."
She went on: "I thought he was going to kill me. He then left with no concern for my well-being."
Speaking in the press conference, Effie also said: "Looking back it is now clear to me he was employing manipulation tactics in order to exert control over me, until I started to lose myself.
"He would often test my devotion to him, slyly removing and crossing my boundaries, as he became increasingly more violent. He abused me mentally, emotionally and sexually."
"Over the years since the assault, on many occasions the invasive flashbacks were so excruciating they made me feel there was no way out but to take my own life. I just wanted the pain to stop."
In a statement, the actor's attorney branded Effie's claims "outrageous" and insisted all interactions with her and other partners "have been completely consensual, discussed and agreed upon in advance, and mutually participatory."
"Effie['s]… own correspondence with Mr. Hammer undermines and refutes her outrageous allegations," Attorney Andrew Brettler said.
"As recently as July 18, 2020, [she] sent graphic texts to Mr. Hammer telling him what she wanted him to do to her.
"Mr. Hammer responded making it clear that he did not want to maintain that type of relationship with her."
Meanwhile, Armie's ex Elizabeth, who is also in Grand Cayman with their two young children, is reportedly "horrified" to hear of the most recent allegations against the father of her children.
A source told ET: "Her number one priority is her kids and she wants to make sure that her children feel loved and taken care of during all of this."
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