Hollywood has welcomed Casey Affleck with open arms while Nate Parker is persona non grata, and Armie Hammer can’t figure out why.
The “Call Me By Your Name” star questioned the timing of the resurfaced 1999 rape allegation against Parker, which arose in the middle of awards season last year.
Parker’s film “Birth of a Nation,” which Hammer co-starred in, was considered an Oscar contender before the rape claims were revisited.
“There was another person in the industry, who had a competing film for the Academy Awards, who decided to release all of the phone records and information. I’ve been told who did it — by several people,” Hammer told the Hollywood Reporter, calling the timing “orchestrated for sure.”
Parker, along with college roommate and “Birth of a Nation” co-writer Jean Celestin, was accused of raping a fellow student at Penn State in 1999.
Celestin was found guilty of sexual assault, but the conviction was overturned when the accuser declined to testify.
Parker was acquitted and later faced accusations of exposing himself to a female student trainer.
The alleged rape victim, who won a civil suit after accusing Parker and Celestin of harassing her on campus, committed suicide in 2012.
Hammer also claimed the resurfaced reports of Parker’s 1999 rape accusation in the middle of award season was “orchestrated for sure.”
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“Nate had the stuff in his past, which is heinous and tough to get beyond. I get that,” Hammer told the Hollywood Reporter.
“But that was when he was 18, and now he’s in directors jail. At the same time, the guy who went and won an Academy Award has three cases of sexual assault against him.”
Affleck, who Hammer was referring to, settled two cases of sexual harassment on the set of the 2010 movie “I’m Still Here.”
He won the 2016 best actor Oscar for “Manchester by the Sea.”
“Look, I’m not saying Nate should not have been in trouble,” Hammer told the Hollywood Reporter.
“I’m saying that they got in different levels of trouble. And that’s the disparity. It’s like there are two standards for how to deal with someone who has this kind of issue in their past, you know?”