Armie Hammer’s aunt Casey Hammer wants to see a Me Too movement within her family. The author, long-since estranged from her nephew and brother, wrote a tell-all Hammer family biography called Surviving My Birthright — and after her story blew up on TikTok, she got involved in Discovery+’s new docuseries House of Hammer.
Featuring interviews with Casey Hammer and several women who have accused Armie Hammer of abuse, House of Hammer delves into little-known accusations against the Hammer family and the men who run it, from secret political influence to Russian espionage. Armie Hammer has denied the allegations against him.
Now, Casey Hammer is asking for a new kind of Me Too movement — one that liberates people who have been abused not just in the workplace, but by their own families.
“Based on what I know, power is a drug. It really is,” Casey Hammer told MovieMaker. “This is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s so much more. But yet, it’s not only the crime [my relatives] get away with, as you can see from House of Hammer — it’s the payoff.”
“They show you, ‘I’ve got so much money and so much power, and I can buy anybody because anybody has a price. So if you speak out or you speak anything negative about me, I’m going to make you pay,'” Hammer added. “It’s a real threat. And up until this point, it’s like with the Me Too movement, those women were so brave to come forward and the work environment got exposed — but there also needs to be Me Too for the family. Because just because your parents give birth to you and say they love you, it doesn’t mean they can do whatever they want to. ”
Casey Hammer hopes that the docuseries helps other victims of abuse heal.
“House of Hammer opens the door, and me sharing my story shows people that this continues to happen and is still happening and they can’t get away with it anymore that they need to be held accountable,” she says.
She knows what it’s like to have the life she once knew ripped away from her. As House of Hammer explains, she lost access to the Hammer family fortune when her grandfather, Armand Hammer, died in 1990.
“I’m here to say you have a right, and you choose how you live your life and what’s done to you. And again, you can’t control what people do, or outside or material things — all that can be taken away from you at any moment,” she said. “I mean, I’ve lived a life where I had everything I could possibly ever want, to wondering, ‘Do I buy Skinny Cow ice cream or cat litter?” So it’s moments of a shift in the pendulum, and you’re not happy regardless. It’s that myth of watching social media and seeing, Oh, their life — they must be living it large because they have all the money in the world. It’s not about that. It’s about the choice that you need to make with yourself first, and say ‘I’m okay.'”
To be clear, Casey Hammer is okay, despite the hardships she’s experienced during her lifetime.
“I do a lot of meditating. I do a lot of yoga. I spend time with animals. It’s the little things. I name everything, you know? All the hummingbirds and the trees. And most people might think, Oh, she’s crazy,” she says. “But you know what, it gets me up and breathing and realizing I’m strong enough. And I have survived up until this point.”
All three episodes of House of Hammer are now streaming on Discovery+.
Main Image: Casey Hammer courtesy of Discovery+