Robert Downey Jr. has supported Armie Hammer through his career crisis, allowing the actor to stay at his home after previously paying for his rehab.
On Thursday, Variety reported that the Rebecca star, 35, left the Cayman Islands, where he worked as a timeshare salesman, and flew back to Los Angeles to avoid public scrutiny.
A source told the publication that Hammer had stayed at a home owned by the Iron Man actor, 57, and attended an AA meeting in the area. The source added that Downey is providing Hammer with “financial support until he gets back on his feet.”
Helping hand: Robert Downey Jr. lets Armie Hammer live in his LA home and has reportedly provided ‘financial support’ to Hammer during his career crisis; (L) Downey pictured in 2019; (R) Hammer pictured in 2020
Hammer lives there with his estranged wife, Elizabeth Chambers, 39, and their two children, Harper, seven, and Ford, five.
The source revealed it was also Downey who encouraged the star to go into rehab last year after his career imploded in January 2021 following sexual assault allegations.
The insider confirmed that Downey paid Hammer to spend nearly six months at The Guest House rehab facility in Florida.
Back in LA: Variety reported that Hammer, 35, left the Cayman Islands, where he worked as a timeshare salesman, and returned to Los Angeles with estranged wife Elizabeth Chambers, 39, and their two children, Harper, seven, and Ford has flown. five, to avoid public scrutiny; Pictured 2019
Hammer left the Cayman Islands after it was revealed he had taken a job as a timeshare salesman because he was “broken”.
A lawyer for Hammer also told the publication on Wednesday, “I can neither confirm nor deny the report because Armie has not addressed it.” He added that he felt it was unfair to have been publicly “shamed” for having a “regular job”.
The source added that the actor has no plans to return to Los Angeles permanently at the moment, although a career comeback isn’t out of the question.
Downey himself has a famous Hollywood redemption story, having returned to the big screen after multiple drug-related arrests and a stint in prison.
Kind heart: The insider confirmed that Downey paid Hammer to spend nearly six months in a Florida rehab last year after his career imploded after allegations of sexual assault; Pictured 2020
Ready for Armie’s comeback? Downey himself has a famous Hollywood redemption story, having returned to the big screen after multiple drug-related arrests and a stint in prison; Shown in the 1999 mugshot
Yesterday, a source revealed to Variety that Hammer “works in a cubicle,” adding, “The reality is he’s completely broke and trying to fill the days and make money to support his family.”
The insider also shared that Hammer had previously managed an apartment complex in the Cayman Islands, where he was living at the time, to stay close to his children.
According to the source, Hammer, the great-grandson of oil tycoon Armand Hammer (who was worth an estimated $800 million at the time of his death), “is not on the family payroll” and was forced to pursue regular work after his Hollywood demise.
Falling on hard times: Hammer had reportedly taken his job as a timeshare salesman in the Cayman Islands because he is ‘broke as a buck’.
It turned out he was into sadistic sex and shared fantasies of rape and cannibalism with female partners.
This included telling two women he wanted to remove their ribs, grilling them and eating them, with Hammer also being accused of carving the letter “A” into a young lover’s thigh before sucking the blood from her fresh wound .
After the allegations became public, the actor was dropped from his agency, WME, and subsequently fired from various film projects, including the Paramount Plus series The Offer (starring Miles Teller in his role), Jennifer Lopez’s Shotgun Wedding, and Jennifer Lopez as the thriller Billion Dollar Spy.
He and his wife announced a few months ago that they were separating after Hammer was allegedly caught cheating a second time.
Supporting his family: A source revealed that the actor was “working in a booth,” adding that he’s “trying to fill the days and make money to support his family.”
This woman also claims Armie emotionally abused her, although he has brushed off all hints of crime.
In classic Hollywood style, Armie entered rehab for treatment for “drug, alcohol and sex” issues in May 2021 and emerged from treatment in December last year.
Photos emerged last week of the Call Me By Your Name star walking into Morritt’s resort office in what appeared to be a clerk’s uniform, although his attorney had previously denied claims he had started a new career.
They were followed by photos of him, taken in the office another day, once again in a similar blue polo shirt, while reportedly discussing unit prices with a couple of potential buyers.
Alleged prank: Speculation about his work began after a picture of a Morritt’s Resort brochure showed the actor as the hotel’s concierge
TMZ reported at the time that during the pitch, Hammer offered potential buyers a timeshare for $2,020 a week, or “only about $21,000 for a 10-year vacation.”
Last Wednesday, his lawyer denied the disgraced star worked at the establishment after a viral tweet showing his face on a brochure as the hotel’s concierge.
The caption of the now-deleted tweet read, “My boyfriend’s parents were vacationing in the Cayman Islands and Armie Hammer was their concierge.”
The brochure featured discount coupons and advertised that Hammer would take guests swimming “with wild turtles” and direct them to the “best snorkeling and diving spots.”