https://www.newsweek.com/-By Simone Carter
Here, Elizabeth Chambers attends The Women’s Cancer Research Fund’s An Unforgettable Evening 2020 at Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel on February 27, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. The actress, whose ex-husband is Armie Hammer, recently called the new “House of Hammer” documentary “heartbreaking.” Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Elizabeth Chambers didn’t plan on watching House of Hammer, the damning Discovery+ docuseries detailing claims of sexual violence made against her estranged husband, actor Armie Hammer. But one day, after sending their kids off to school and surrounding herself with her support system, she decided to press play.
“It was obviously heartbreaking on so many levels and very painful. But at the same time, it exists,” Chambers told E! News in a recent interview. “The past is the past and all we can do is take this as a moment to learn and listen, and hopefully process and heal in every capacity.”
The three-part House of Hammer series was released earlier in September and digs into claims of sexual abuse levied against the embattled actor. It also examines some of the history behind Hammer’s extended family.
USA Today reported that one of Hammer’s former romantic partners said he used to talk “a lot about the evilness of the men in his family—his dad, his grandpa, his great-grandpa.” But instead of feeling “ashamed” by that, she claimed that he acted as though it were a “badge of honor.”
Hammer was hit with allegations in 2021 that he’d raped and abused a woman, who has been identified as Effie. More women soon came forward, including some who claimed that he’d fantasized about eating specific parts of their bodies.
Yet Hammer has adamantly denied the allegations of abuse that have been lodged against him, calling them “bulls**t claims.”
Chambers, who starred in 2007’s The Game Plan, married Hammer in 2010, but the couple split up around a decade later. Together, they have two young children, a daughter named Harper Grace and a son, Ford Douglas Armand.
Even though Chambers was the one who initiated the breakup, E! quoted her as saying that a “divorce is a death” and that it was “the last thing [she] ever wanted.”
She also revealed to the outlet that her life has been hard for a while.
“I consider myself a feminist and stand in solidarity with anyone who has been a victim of any sort and hope they find healing,” she told E! News. “I’m not being here, like, ‘My life is amazing,’ because it’s been hell for a long time.”
Chambers added that she was asked to take part in the docuseries but ultimately turned it down.
“In this process, all that’s mattered and does matter is the kids and our family,” she said, “and that was not something that was going to be in line with my goals for them.”
Newsweek reached out to representatives for Hammer and Chambers for comment.