Bella Thorne Defends Armie Hammer After Alleged Instagram DM Leak

Just days after Armie Hammer was accused of sending graphic Instagram messages to unidentified users, Bella Thorne publicly defended the actor.

By Elyse Dupre Jan 15, 2021 9:02 PMTags

Bella Thorne is standing by Armie Hammer.

The actress took to Instagram Stories on Thursday, Jan. 14 to defend the actor amid a social media scandal in which he's been accused of sending unverified messages detailing sexual acts, including an alleged message that read, "I need to drink your blood."

"I honestly can't believe this…," the 23-year-old wrote alongside a Variety post about the news. "People are crazy to fake this kinda s--t this poor guy and his kids like leave him and his family alone. No way he's a freaking CANNIBAL…." 

Thorne then added, "Also, there's a million fake screen shots going around." 

It wasn't long before her followers started to react to the since-expired post. "Why is Bella Thorne defending Armie Hammer on her story??" asked one social media user. Another tweeted the facepalming emoji and wrote, "Typical from her." 

For his part, Hammer slammed the accusations after it was revealed he would no longer act alongside Jennifer Lopez in the upcoming movie Shotgun Wedding.

"I'm not responding to these bulls--t claims, but in light of the vicious and spurious online attacks against me, I cannot, in good conscience now, leave my children for four months to shoot a film in the Dominican Republic," he said in a statement to E! News. "Lionsgate is supporting me in this and I'm grateful to them for that."

A production spokesperson for the film also released a statement that read, "Given the imminent start date of Shotgun Wedding, Armie has requested to step away from the film and we support him in his decision."

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While E! News has been unable to verify the authenticity of the alleged DMs, social media user @houseofeffie, who posted graphic messages they claimed were sent by Hammer, continues to stand by the validity of their claims. The account holder seemed to initially say they weren't real but later appeared to claim the post denying the DMs validity was fake, alleging Hammer's "crazy fans went so far as to fake a DM by me."

In addition, Jessica Ciencin Henriquez, who was spotted having lunch with Hammer four months ago, tweeted she believed the alleged DMs "are real."

"I'm seeing a lot of posts going around about how I am a man-hater and I would just like to clarify," she tweeted from her since privatized account. "Yes. I love women, I respect women... I stand by women, and I hate men who don't."  

The news comes about six months after Hammer announced he and Elizabeth Chambers were ending their 10-year marriage. The two share 6-year-old daughter Harper and 4-year-old son Ford.