Armie Hammer Blasts 'Bulls--- Claims' as He Steps Down from Jennifer Lopez Film amid Controversy

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Armie Hammer Blasts 'Bulls--- Claims' as He Steps Down from Jennifer Lopez Film amid Controversy

"I cannot in good conscience now leave my children for 4 months to shoot a film in the Dominican Republic," said Armie Hammer

Armie Hammer is exiting his planned action-comedy Shotgun Wedding after alleged graphic social media messages detailing his private life were leaked.

His part in the Lionsgate film, which is set to star Jennifer Lopez, will be recast.

In a statement obtained by PEOPLE, the actor said, "I'm not responding to these bull— claims but in light of the vicious and spurious online attacks against me, I cannot in good conscience now leave my children for 4 months to shoot a film in the Dominican Republic."

"Lionsgate is supporting me in this and I'm grateful to them for that," he concluded.

A production spokesman tells PEOPLE, "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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Hammer's departure comes after several alleged messages were leaked by the anonymous social media account, House of Effie, according to Page Six. The messages, which have not been verified, are alleged to be from the Call Me By Your Name actor and depict sexual fantasies including BDSM.

Shotgun Wedding is produced by Lopez and Ryan Reynolds. The film follows a couple bringing their families together for a destination wedding. The dream wedding starts to fall apart when the couple gets cold feet once they arrive at the location. The pair are soon forced to come together to rescue their families from a dangerous hostage situation.

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