According to a recent report in the Los Angeles Times, Effie was contacted by a “House of Hammer” producer a month after her press conference. She was asked if she’d be interested in giving an interview for the series and declined with the following statement:
“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.”
Despite refusing to participate in “House of Hammer,” Effie’s experience and story are still covered in the docuseries, including screenshots that she posted on her Instagram account and a clip of the 2021 press conference where she alleged that Hammer raped her. The series also includes a sit-down interview with Effie’s lawyer Gloria Allred, the high-profile attorney known for working in protection of women’s rights. Effie told the Times that she was not made aware of her lawyer’s participation in the series.
On-screen, Allred introduces herself as Effie’s attorney but, due to attorney-client privilege, does not discuss Effie’s allegations. Instead, she speaks generally about representing victims because they need support in the fight against powerful men. Per Variety, she also comments on the nature of toxic relationships and consent, saying: “Even in BDSM relationships, consent is still at the heart of it. It doesn’t mean that anyone can do anything to anyone during a sexual relationship. If she withdraws her consent, and he continues, that’s crime. It’s as simple as that.”
Although Effie also declined to be interviewed by the Times, she did provide the following statement in regards to the docuseries:
“The way they’ve been exploiting my trauma is disgusting. When I keep screaming ‘no’ and they keep going, saying they don’t need my permission, they remind me of Armie.”