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Courtney Vucekovich talks about Armie Hammer’s new documentary and a photo featured in it, which viewers discovered actually came from Pinterest.
On Discovery+’s House of Hammer which debuted Friday, Vucekovich recounts her past experiences with Hammer, 35, saying she “lost [her] her entire sense of self” during her months-long relationship with him in 2020. The document includes text messages and voice notes allegedly sent by Hammer himself about their relationship and his fantasies.
Some viewers pointed out on TikTok and social media that a photo shown while Vucekovich was describing her alleged injuries is a snapshot found online of a tattoo with bite marks. In the episode, she says as the image appears on screen, “I think Armie took that picture. He bites really hard. And he tells you to wear them like a badge of honor, almost like he’s convinced me I’m lucky to have it.”
In an exclusive statement to PEOPLE, Vucekovich explains how the photo came to be House of Hammer.
“When you’re being bombarded with love, you get multiple images in rapid succession. During my time with Armie, I received many messages, including countless images and videos,” she says. “The bite mark shown was a photo sent by Armie in our archived text thread and over a year later, I thought it was a photo of me since I have dozens of photos of him abusing my body.”
Adds Vucekovich, “I chose to tell my story to shed light on what I experienced in my relationship in hopes that others will not be in the same situation.”
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A spokesperson for the production company behind the documentaries, Talos Films, says: “We take the responsibility of representing victims’ stories seriously. When new information about this series came to light, we immediately began investigating it and will make the appropriate changes in as soon as possible We are proud of those who came forward to share their truth with the public – including Courtney Vucekovich and Casey Hammer – and stand firmly behind the important message of this documentary.”
The photo is in the process of being removed from the documentaries.
In July 2020, Elizabeth Chambers, who has two children with Hammer, filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. Months later, Hammer was embroiled in controversy after messages from the actor allegedly describing violent sexual fantasies were leaked online. He was later accused of rape, which he denied.
Hammer’s attorney, Andrew Brettler, previously said in a statement to Vanity fair: “All interactions between Mr. Hammer and his former partners were consensual. They were fully discussed, agreed upon in advance with his partners, and were mutually inclusive. The stories perpetuated on social media were designed to be diabolical in an effort to hurt Mr. Hammer, but that doesn’t make them real.”
House of Hammer now airing on Discovery+.
(PEOPLE previously worked with the film production company on the 2021 documentary Rebuilding Hope: The Children of 9/11.)