The story behind Armie Hammer’s new Cayman Islands ‘job’

Embattled actor Armie Hammer caused a stir last week with what appears to be a new career at a resort in the Cayman Islands. Now a boss from this resort explains what’s really going on in all the photos that have been posted online.

But first, here’s how Hammer’s Cayman’s confusion began.

Last Wednesday, Desus & Mero producer Muna Mire tweeted a picture of Morritt’s pamphlet. The handout – which promoted discounted drinks, raffle tickets and vouchers – featured the headshot of the disgraced actor and explained he was a “personal concierge” for arriving guests.

“My friends’ parents were vacationing in the Cayman Islands and Armie Hammer was their concierge. I’m still not over it,” Mire wrote. The tweet has since been deleted.

As the picture made the rounds, users questioned what initially appeared to be a new chapter in Hammer’s professional life, more than a year after he shied away from the public amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

Shortly after the post gained traction, Variety debunked the notion that the “social network” star was working as Morritt’s associate. But in the days that followed, TMZ published various photos of Hammer on the resort’s premises, wearing a light blue polo shirt and navy pants, and walking to an office alongside a similarly dressed man.

TMZ then published another photo of Hammer on Sunday, once again in a similar outfit, seated at a desk in an office. According to the website, the photo was taken in June and shows Hammer allegedly selling a timeshare to a couple.

But people can’t always believe their own eyes: Chris Butcher, director of sales at Morritt, confirmed to The Times on Monday that Hammer isn’t on the resort’s staff. According to Butcher, Hammer plays golf with a resort employee, who invited the actor to “come over and see what we do.”

“He came and stayed with us for a couple of days, just watching what we were doing and tailing different people around the office just to understand what we were doing,” Butcher said.

He said showing the flyer with Hammer’s face was an attempt to get more visitors to enjoy a weekly welcome party. Butcher also explained that it’s unlikely Hammer was wearing a uniform in the TMZ photos, as Morritt’s doesn’t have a set dress code for its employees.

As for the TMZ photos of Hammer in the office, Butcher said they may have been snaps from one of Hammer’s shadowing sessions.

But while Hammer isn’t currently an associate of Morritt, Butcher said he was more than excited to bring him on board.

“If Armie ever wanted a job here, [with] the amount of publicity he’s generated – we’d take him on in a heartbeat,” Butcher said.

Hammer officials did not respond to the Times request for comment Monday.

Hammer’s Cayman Islands sensation comes more than a year after various women accused him of sexual misconduct in January 2021, some six months after he and TV presenter Elizabeth Chambers announced their divorce. The actor has defended himself against the “bull claims” and pulled out of the Lionsgate film Shotgun Wedding amid the allegations.

A month later, the WME agency removed the actor from its customer list. In March 2021, the Los Angeles Police Department launched an investigation into the actor after a woman accused him of sexual assault. A source close to the investigation told The Times at the time that the woman who made the police report was the same woman who claimed she was “violently raped” by Hammer.

Most recently, the actor starred in Kenneth Branagh’s Death on the Nile, which hit theaters last February and then streamed on HBO Max and Hulu. Since the allegations in January 2021, Hammer has dropped out of television, film and Broadway projects.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-07-11/armie-hammer-cayman-islands-job The story behind Armie Hammer’s new Cayman Islands ‘job’

Sarah Ridley

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