CNN is reporting that Armie Hammer has now exited the Broadway play The Minutes.
Recall that the actor is being investigated in a sexual assault case, and on Friday, he published a statement explaining his decision to leave the Tracy Letts play, which was set to resume production in the 2021-22 season.
“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, per CNN. “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.”
This comes after attorney Gloria Allred and a woman named Effie detailed Effie’s 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, per CNN. “I thought he was going to kill me. Then [he] left with no concern for my well-being.”
Hammer has denied the claims, and now he is being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department in a sexual assault case opened Feb. 3. He has also been dropped by agency WME and Amma Asante’s thriller Billion Dollar Spy.