Robert Downey Jr. supported Armie Hammer during his career slump and allowed the actor to stay home after paying for rehab.
On Thursday, Variety reported that the Rebecca star, 35, left the Cayman Islands, where he worked as a timeshare salesman, and returned to Los Angeles to escape public scrutiny.
A source told the publication that Hammer was staying at a home owned by the Iron Man actor, 57, and “attended an AA meeting” in the area. The source added that Downey had provided Hammer with “financial assistance until he got back on his feet”.
Helping hand: Robert Downey Jr. is letting Armie Hammer stay at his Los Angeles home and reportedly providing Hammer with ‘financial help’ amid his career slump; (L) Downey pictured in 2019; (R) Hammer photographed in 2020
Hammer is staying there with his ex-wife Elizabeth Chambers, 39, and their two children Harper, seven, and Ford, five.
The source revealed that it was also Downey who encouraged the star to enter rehab last year, after his career imploded in January 2021 following sexual assault allegations made against him.
The insider confirmed that Downey paid for Hammer to spend nearly six months at Florida’s rehab facility, the Guest House.
Back in Los Angeles: Variety reported that Hammer, 35, left the Cayman Islands, where he worked as a timeshare salesman, and returned to Los Angeles with his ex-wife Elizabeth Chambers, 39, and their two children Harper, seven, and Ford, five, to escape public scrutiny; Pictured 2019
Hammer left the Cayman Islands after news broke that he had taken a job as a timeshare salesman because he was “totally broke”.
A lawyer for Hammer also told the publication on Wednesday, “I can’t confirm or deny the report because Armie hasn’t spoken about it.” He added that he felt it was unfair to have been publicly ‘shamed’ for having a ‘normal job’.
The source also added that the actor has no plans to return to Los Angeles permanently at this time, although a career comeback may not be ruled out.
Downey himself has a famous story of redemption in Hollywood, having returned to the big screen after multiple arrests on drug charges and a stint in prison.
Good heart: The insider confirmed that Downey paid for Hammer to spend nearly six months in rehab in Florida last year after his career imploded following sexual assault allegations; Pictured 2020
Rooting for Armie’s return? Downey himself has a famous story of redemption in Hollywood, having returned to the big screen after multiple arrests on drug charges and a stint in prison; Pictured in a 1999 photo
Yesterday, a source revealed to Variety that Hammer ‘worked in a cubicle’ and added, ‘The reality is he’s totally broke trying to fill his days and earn money to support his family. .”
The insider also shared that Hammer previously managed an apartment complex in the Cayman Islands, where he was living at the time in order to be close to his children.
According to the source, Hammer, who is the great-grandson of oil tycoon Armand Hammer (worth an estimated $800 million at the time of his death), “is not on the payroll of family” and was forced to work a regular job after his fall in Hollywood.
Fallen on hard times: Hammer reportedly took his timeshare job in the Cayman Islands because he was ‘totally broke’
It appeared that he was into sadistic sex and shared fantasies of rape and cannibalism with female partners.
It involved telling two women he wanted to pull out their ribs, grill them and eat them, with Hammer also accused of cutting the letter ‘A’ into a young lover’s thigh, before sucking the blood of his new injury.
After the accusations became public, the actor was let go by his agency, WME, and was subsequently fired from various film projects, including the Paramount Plus series The Offer (with Miles Teller reprising his role), Jennifer Lopez’s Shotgun Wedding, as well as the thriller Billion Dollar Spy.
He and his wife announced they were separating a few months prior, after Hammer was allegedly caught cheating on her a second time.
Supporting his family: A source revealed that the actor ‘worked in a cubicle’ and added that he was ‘trying to fill his days and earn money to support his family’.
This woman also alleges that Armie emotionally abused her, although he brushed off all suggestions of criminality.
In classic Hollywood style, Armie checked into rehab for treatment of ‘drugs, alcohol and sex’ issues in May 2021 and was discharged from treatment in December last year.
Photos of the Call Me By Your Name star walking into the office at Morritt’s Resort in what appeared to be a staff member’s uniform emerged last week, although his lawyer had previously denied claims he had undertaken a new career.
They were followed by photos of him taken inside the office another day, again wearing a similar blue polo shirt as he allegedly went over the price of a unit with a few potential buyers.
Alleged prank: Speculation about his work began after a photo from a Morritt’s Resort brochure showed the actor as the hotel’s concierge
TMZ reported at the time that during the pitch, Hammer offered potential buyers a timeshare for $2,020 a week or “only about $21,000 for ten years of vacation.”
Last Wednesday, his lawyer denied that the disgraced star worked at the establishment, following a viral Tweet which showed his face on a pamphlet as the hotel’s concierge.
The caption of the since-deleted tweet read, “My friend’s parents went on vacation to the Cayman Islands and Armie Hammer was their concierge.”
The brochure included discount coupons and advertised that Hammer would take guests swimming “with wild turtles” and direct them to the “best snorkeling and diving spots.”
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