A source that has known the couple for 10 years attributed the scandal to Hammer’s “very dry sense of humor” and a lack of context behind the purported texts, while another friend said he was being unfairly targeted.
Hammer’s lawyer, Andrew Brettler, told Vanity Fair in a statement, “All interactions between Mr. Hammer and his former partners were consensual. They were fully discussed, agreed upon in advance with his partners, and mutually participatory. The stories perpetuated on social media were designed to be salacious in an effort to harm Mr. Hammer, but that does not make them true.”
A representative for Chambers declined to have her interviewed for the story.
On Feb. 1, the 38-year-old chef released her own statement on Instagram, seemingly to address the accusations against her estranged husband, although she did not mention him by name. “For weeks, I’ve been trying to process everything that has transpired. I am shocked, heartbroken, and devastated. Heartbreak aside, I am listening, and will continue to listen and educate myself on these delicate matters. I didn’t realize how much I didn’t know,” she wrote. “I support any victim of assault or abuse and urge anyone who has experienced this pain to seek the help she or he needs to heal.”
E! News has reached out to Hammer’s lawyer and Chambers’ rep for comment.
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