Phillip Faraone/Getty Armie Hammer
The woman known only as Effie, whose rape allegations against Hammer, 36, sparked an LAPD investigation into the actor last March, called filmmakers Elli Hakami and Julian Hobbs' treatment of her "disgusting" in a statement to the Los Angeles Times.
"It is extremely inappropriate of you to exploit such a tragic, vulnerable time in many people's lives, with no regard whatsoever for our healing process and privacy," she said.
"The way they've been exploiting my trauma is disgusting," Effie added. "When I keep screaming 'no' and they keep going, saying they don't need my permission, they remind me of Armie."
While Effie did not participate in the documentary, it shows alleged text messages from Hammer that Effie posted on social media and a clip from a press conference where Effie detailed her allegations. The filmmakers also interviewed Effie's attorney, Gloria Allred.
The three-part docuseries, which premiered Friday on discovery+, examines the allegations against Hammer, which he has denied, as well as his wealthy family's history of allegedly abusive behavior.
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As Effie is the only one of Hammer's accusers with an active investigation, Hobbs told the Los Angeles Times it was "an editorial decision" to "not get involved."
He argued that they didn't "have to get permission" to include screenshots of messages Hammer allegedly sent to Effie, describing his fantasies of rape and cannibalism, as she shared them on her Instagram profile House of Effie last January.
"[Effie]'s been vocal that she thinks that making any form of media out of these events is somewhat problematic," he explained. "As filmmakers, we don't take that view. We feel we actually have an obligation to tell the stories."
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"If you were to stop making films because someone said they didn't want a film being made, you would never make a film. The reality is, not everyone gets onboard films. That being said, I think what you have to be is ethically on the right side of how the affairs are conducted. You have to be open and transparent about what's going on with the film, and you have to be inclusive," Hobbs added. (PEOPLE previously worked with the the filmmakers' production company on the 2021 documentary Rebuilding Hope: The Children of 9/11.)
Effie's attorney Gloria Allred is interviewed in the docuseries, but Effie told the Los Angeles Times that Allred didn't tell her about participating in the production. Allred declined to comment to the LAT about that claim because of attorney-client privilege. The lawyer did tell the outlet that "statements that I have made on behalf of clients have been made because the statements were consistent with our representation, were authorized either explicitly or implicitly, and were made because I believed that the statements were in the client's best interests."
House of Hammer is now streaming on discovery+.