Armie Hammer will no longer perform in Broadway play The Minutes.
The actor, who is currently being investigated in a sexual assault case, released a statement Friday detailing his exit from the Tracy Letts play, which was set to resume production in the 2021-22 season after being interrupted during previews by the novel coronavirus pandemic.
“I have loved every single second of working on The Minutes with the family I made from Steppenwolf,” said Hammer in a statement posted to Broadway’s Best Shows. “But right now I need to focus on myself and my health for the sake of my family. Consequently, I will not be returning to Broadway with the production.”
During a press conference in March with attorney Gloria Allred, a woman named Effie — she did not offer her full name — detailed her accusation that Hammer assaulted her for four hours in Los Angeles in April 2017. She said that Hammer repeatedly slammed her head against a wall, resulting in bruises to her face, and committed “other acts of violence” against her.
“During those four hours, I tried to get away but he wouldn’t let me,” said Effie. “I thought he was going to kill me. Then [he] left with no concern for my well-being.”
Hammer, who denies the claims, is currently being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department in a sexual assault case opened Feb. 3. He has been dropped by agency WME and Amma Asante’s thriller Billion Dollar Spy.
A spokesperson from The Minutes gave a statement in response to Hammer’s exit. “Armie remains a valued colleague to all of us who have worked with him onstage and offstage on The Minutes. We wish only the best for him and respect his decision.”