Casey Hammer—sister of Armie’s father, Michel Armand Hammerand author of the 2015 memoir Survive my birthright—said in episode two, “Sins of the Father”, that she “wasn’t shocked” when the allegations against her nephew surfaced. “This behavior, it is deeply rooted.”
Casey said she saw her father, Julien Armand Hammerphysically abusing and terrorizing his mother, Glenna Sue. (Julian died in 1996 and Glenna Sue died in 2010.) When her mother tried to leave, said family patriarch Casey Armand Hammer (Julian’s father and Armie’s great-grandfather, who died in 1990) would bully her into staying. Armand had “creepy, creepy energy,” his granddaughter said.
The oil tycoon kept files on all the family members, Casey said, describing their life as “like a chessboard and my grandfather liked to control all the moves”.
After her parents separated, Casey said, Glenna Sue received $200 in support from Julian. Casey said his father always had drugs and young women around his house, that women “were disposable in the Hammer family”.
Casey alleged in her book that her father also physically and sexually abused her and reiterated the accusation on the show, crediting 1990s therapy with helping her regain repressed memories. She hoped her mother would tell her she was crazy, Casey recalls, “but it turns out she knew it and what I remembered was happening.”
Regretting that he never faced his father in his lifetime, Casey said: “The generation I grew up in was behind closed doors. But that’s a different time.” She said she hoped Courtney would “find peace.”