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Armie Hammer’s oil baron father dies aged 67 after ‘lengthy, hard fight with most cancers’

Armie Hammer’s father Michael has died aged 67 after a chronic battle with most cancers.

The businessman, who labored in funding banking earlier than taking up household agency Occidental Petroleum, handed away on Sunday.

A household consultant confirmed the information Tuesday, saying in a press release, ‘Michael Hammer has handed away after a protracted, hard fight with most cancers.’ 

The spokesperson added the millionaire oil mogul ‘is now at peace.’

Aside from his 36-year-old son Armie, Michael is survived by his spouse Misty and youthful son Viktor, 34. He additionally leaves behind an ex-wife in Dru Ann Mobley, Armie’s and Viktor’s mom. The pair divorced in 2012 after 27 years of marriage.

Best recognized for his ties to Occidental, Michael reportedly inherited a $40million greenback fortune from his late grandfather, industrialist Armand Hammer, who ran the company till his loss of life in 1990.

His loss of life comes simply months after his actor son – as soon as amongst Hollywood’s A-list elite however now a struggling addict on the middle of a number of scandals -traveled again to LA from the Cayman Islands, the place he was noticed promoting timeshares at a resort in July.

A supply on the time mentioned Armie was working the gig as a result of he ‘wants the money’ as a result of his father ‘will not assist him anymore and he is been reduce off.’ That choice got here shortly after Armie discovered himself on the middle of a LAPD investigation, when a girl claimed the actor ‘violently raped’ her.

It has since been revealed that his late father additionally led a checkered life, being embroiled in a single New York City ‘s largest artwork fraud scandals and reportedly protecting a intercourse dungeon within the Armand Hammer Foundation headquarters in Carpinteria.

Insiders have additionally claimed the businessman had ‘the mindset of a teenage boy’, in addition to a twisted intercourse drive that echoes comparable allegations surrounding his embattled son – who, if not for his current bother, would doubtless inherit his household’s empire.

Armie Hammer’s father Michael has died aged 67 after a chronic battle with most cancers, TMZ studies 

The businessman, who worked in investment banking before taking over family firm Occidental Petroleum, passed away on Sunday, the website said

The businessman, who labored in funding banking earlier than taking up household agency Occidental Petroleum, handed away on Sunday, the web site mentioned

Armie Hammer is pictured out in Los Angeles last month in a dressed-down ensemble including sandals and what looked like a shrunken t-shirt

Armie Hammer is pictured out in Los Angeles final month in a dressed-down ensemble together with sandals and what regarded like a shrunken t-shirt

Michael is the son of Julian Hammer – a hotheaded Hammer scion who killed a person over a playing debt within the 50s – and spouse Sue Kane, who was from Texas.

Julian allegedly sexually abused his daughter Casey, and didn’t comply with in his industrialist father’s footsteps like his son finally would.

The household additionally had roots to the previous Russian empire, with Michael’s paternal grandmother, Russian-born actress Baroness Olga von Root, being the daughter of a czarist normal. 

The unusual previous of the Hammer household was unearthed in a Vanity Fair exposé final year which claimed lots of the males within the well-to-do household, going again so far as 5 generations, had a unmistakable ‘darkish aspect.’ 

It offered a backdrop to Armie’s life and upbringing, and sheds gentle on why the actor’s current scandals – together with lately leaked textual content messages from the actor to a girl he was making an attempt to woo wherein he aired twisted fantasies of cannibalism and BDSM with his would-be lover.

Several ladies have since spoke out accusing the Lone Ranger star of emotional abuse and comparable violent sexual escapades.

One of these accusers, 22-year-old Paige Lorenze, informed the journal Armie had confided in her concerning the ‘darkish stuff’ in his household and was ‘proud’ of it.

Lorenze claimed Armie’s mom Dru – who reportedly helped tame MIchael’s playboy way of life throughout their marriage – confided in her that she was fearful her son was lost to ‘the satan’.

Michael, in the meantime, inherited the household business empire from his grandfather Armand, who made his fortune investing his third spouse’s money in Occidental beginning within the late 50s.

According to Vanity Fair, money additionally got here from ‘wide-ranging grifts, together with laundering money, utilizing art work to fund Soviet espionage, bribing his method into the oil business and knocking off Fabergé eggs’.

Michael inherited the family business empire from his grandfather Armand, who made his fortune investing his third wife's money in Occidental Petroleum

Michael inherited the household business empire from his grandfather Armand, who made his fortune investing his third spouse’s money in Occidental Petroleum

Armie Hammer as a baby with grandfather Armand Hammer, Julian Hammer and Michael Hammer. Michael Hammer took almost the entire family fortune and was embroiled in New York City's biggest art fraud

Armie Hammer as a child with grandfather Armand Hammer, Julian Hammer and Michael Hammer. Michael Hammer took virtually the whole household fortune and was embroiled in New York City’s largest artwork fraud

Armand would then go away most of his relations excessive and dry when he died in 1990, aside from apple of his eye Michael, who took the lion’s share of his grandfather’s fortune.

While her brother Michael inherited two artwork galleries, two foundations and a large chunk of the multi-million greenback fortune, his sister Casey – Julian’s daughter and Armie’s estranged aunt – informed Vanity Fair her father acquired simply $250,000 of the fortune.

The divvying of the magnate’s belongings got here as a shock and led to rifts that wrangled by the courts. 

Last year, Casey mentioned she had simply $100 in her financial savings account and was holding down a job at Home Depot resulting from her father Julian, Arman’s solely son,  being disinherited years earlier than, resulting from out-of-control habits that reportedly noticed him abuse family members.

‘If you’d have informed me in my 20s that I might find yourself financially challenged, single, and dealing at Home Depot, I might have guess you 1,000,000 {dollars} that would not have occurred,’ she mentioned.

Casey detailed the darkish secrets and techniques about her household’s historical past in a Discovery+ docuseries titled ‘House of Hammer’, together with allegations her father would shoot weapons at her and allegedly battered their mom, Glenna Hammer, leaving her lined in blood, earlier than their divorce. 

She mentioned she thought Michael might assist, given his fortune. She mentioned simply one of many household work he has would assist her get on her ft – nonetheless, earlier than his loss of life Tuesday, the pair by no means reconciled.

Michael’s mom Glenna, in the meantime beforehand informed The Washington Post her son ‘forgot about us’ after he got here into the money from his grandfather within the early 90s.

At the time, he additionally began offloading among the household’s legacy, handing the Hammer Museum to the UCLA artwork division in 1994 and asking the Metropolitan Museum of Art to take away Armand’s title from the Hall of Arms and Armor so he did not must pay the remaining $1 million.

Michael then moved his household – Dru, Armie and Armie’s brother Viktor – to the Cayman Islands earlier than returning to California round a decade later.

In 2011 – on the peak of Armie’s stardom – Michael’s galleries turned embroiled in an enormous artwork scam that went again virtually 20 years when the Knoedler Gallery and its former director Ann Freedman had been sued for promoting a faux Jackson Pollock portray.

He was embroiled in a $70 million fraudulent ring selling counterfeit paintings going back to 1994 at the family-owned Knoedler Gallery

He was embroiled in a $70 million fraudulent ring promoting counterfeit work going again to 1994 on the family-owned Knoedler Gallery

Michael had inherited the Knoedler Gallery in New York City from his grandfather, who had purchased the business in 1971 for $2.5million.

Accusations of a forgery ring surfaced in 2009 however solely turned public in 2011 when the gallery closed and hedge fund government Pierre Lagrange sued the gallery and its director after he was bought the solid Pollock for $17million.

A probe into the allegations uncovered an alleged $70million fraudulent ring promoting counterfeit work going again to 1994.

It turned out the work had been really the work of a comparatively unknown artist in Queens.

Ten lawsuits had been settled and one case went to trial in 2016 with Sotheby’s chairman Domenico De Sole and his spouse Eleanor accusing the gallery of promoting them a faux Mark Rothko for $8.3million.

Although Michael was not personally accused of wrongdoing within the fraud ring,  throughout court docket testimony it was claimed he had been utilizing the gallery’s funds for his personal bills together with two luxurious vehicles and a visit to Paris.

But Michael by no means answered to the allegations because the case was settled simply an hour earlier than he was resulting from testify.

Armand Hammer, Michael's oil mangate grandfather and Armie's great-grandfather, in 1977. He made the family fortune and snubbed most of the family when he died in 1990

Armand Hammer, Michael’s oil mangate grandfather and Armie’s great-grandfather, in 1977. He made the household fortune and snubbed a lot of the household when he died in 1990

Armand, Julian, Michael and Armie Hammer. Insiders claim Michael keeps a 'sex throne' or as he allegedly calls it the 'naughty chair' in the Armand Hammer Foundation HQ

Armand, Julian, Michael and Armie Hammer. Insiders declare Michael retains a ‘intercourse throne’ or as he allegedly calls it the ‘naughty chair’ within the Armand Hammer Foundation HQ

Aside from his 36-year-old son Armie (right), Michael is survived by his wife Misty (not pictured) and younger son Viktor (left), 34

Aside from his 36-year-old son Armie (proper), Michael is survived by his spouse Misty (not pictured) and youthful son Viktor (left), 34

One supply informed Vanity Fair this was all a part of the household’s penchant for ‘spending different folks’s money’ as they referred to as them the ‘fortunate sperm membership.’

‘We name these guys the fortunate sperm membership right here,’ the insider mentioned. Never achieved something. They know an entire lot about spending different folks’s money.’ 

Other habits that allegedly run within the household embody a passion for kinky intercourse, with a former pal of Michael’s saying he was ‘not in the slightest degree shocked’ when he heard the allegations about Armie’s intercourse life.

The pal – in addition to two different sources – informed Vanity Fair Michael bragged about having a intercourse throne contained in the household business’s HQ.

The chair is reportedly about ‘seven ft excessive, includes a chair with a gap within the seat, a cage beneath, and a hook’ with the Hammer coat of arms painted on the seat.

According to the report, a smiling Michael is pictured in a photograph sitting on high of the throne whereas holding the pinnacle of a smiling blonde lady, who’s sitting within the cage beneath.

Counsel for Michael and the Armand Hammer Foundation informed Vanity Fair the claims about his intercourse throne, drug and alcohol use, funds, and historical past with ladies had been ‘absurd’.

‘These questions, which ask about unsolicited gag items despatched by associates, conduct that sounds fairly typical of recently-divorced folks, and fully authorized monetary transactions that had been correctly accounted for, are absurd,’ mentioned the counsel.

Happier times: Hammer fell into controversy in early 2021 amid multiple accusations of sex abuse and a stated penchant for cannibalism (pictured with ex wife Elizabeth Chambers in 2018)

Chambers and Hammer had been snapped on the Parisian premiere of his movie Call Me By Your Name in 2018 

Armie Hammer, 35, was seen over the summer in Los Angeles with estranged wife Elizabeth Chambers, 39, and their two kids, Harper, seven, and Ford, five

Armie Hammer, 35, was seen over the summer season in Los Angeles with estranged spouse Elizabeth Chambers, 39, and their two children, Harper, seven, and Ford, 5

Hammer took the children to meet up with Chambers, who appeared sporty in black biker shorts, a t-shirt and sneakers in the summer

Hammer took the kids to fulfill up with Chambers, who appeared sporty in black biker shorts, a t-shirt and sneakers in the summertime

But associates informed the outlet he ‘has the mindset of a teenage boy’, would ship x-rated images to his associates and launched into ‘a string of girls, illicit substances, and tattoos’ after his break up from Dru.

It was an obvious bust-up with his son that contributed to hopping on a aircraft out of the Cayman Islands final summer season.

It was a transfer mentioned to have triggered divorce proceedings by Armie’s spouse Elizabeth Chambers and the damaging claims introduced by a number of ladies.

Courtney Vucekovich, who claimed in January Armie was into ‘master-slave fetishes’ and informed her he needed to interrupt and eat her ribs, informed Vanity Fair Armie confided in her he was escaping his ‘loopy household’ after virtually moving into fist fights with his father.

Armie and Michael had been holing up in a luxurious villa within the Cayman Islands underneath lockdown alongside Michael’s newest spouse Misty, Elizabeth and Armie’s two children.

‘Within the primary 5 minutes, he was mainly like, this all goes again to my horrible childhood,’ mentioned Vucekovich.

‘It’s not essentially the most romantic factor, however we bonded over previous trauma.’

Hammer returned from the Caymans after he was mobbed by media when photos showing him working as a timeshare salesman went viral

Hammer returned from the Caymans after he was mobbed by media when images exhibiting him working as a timeshare salesman went viral 

Earlier in July, Hammer's attorney denied that the actor was working as a salesman, following a viral tweet with an image that that showed his face on a pamphlet as concierge for a hotel

Earlier in July, Hammer’s lawyer denied that the actor was working as a salesman, following a viral tweet with a picture that that confirmed his face on a pamphlet as concierge for a lodge 

Hammer's rehab stint was reportedly funded by friend and fellow actor Downey Jr., who himself has dealt with and climbed back from career shattering substance abuse problems.

Armie Hammer was staying at a home owned by Robert Downey Jr. in Malibu where he is also attending AA meetings. Pictured: Downey Jr's sprawling seven-acre compound. It's unclear whether Hammer is staying at this property or another owned by the Ironman star

Armie Hammer was staying at a house owned by Robert Downey Jr. in Malibu the place he was additionally attending AA conferences. Pictured: Downey Jr’s sprawling seven-acre compound. It’s unclear whether or not Hammer is staying at this property or one other owned by the Ironman star

His departure in the course of the pandemic was reportedly the ‘ultimate straw’ for Elizabeth who had endured years of infidelity, a pal informed Vanity Fair, and he or she filed for divorce the next month.

Vucekovich revealed new particulars about her relationship with Armie telling Vanity Fair he made her ‘really feel unhealthy for him’ earlier than he ‘love-bombs you want loopy… And then he begins the manipulation and the darker stuff.’

She informed Vanity Fair she was left ‘with remorse’ following one encounter after she mentioned she agreed to ‘a bondage state of affairs that I used to be not comfy with.’

A series of texts Hammer sent to one of his accusers. It was anonymously shared in 2021 when he was first accused. It is unclear who he sent it to

A collection of texts Hammer despatched to one among his accusers. It was anonymously shared in 2021 when he was first accused. It is unclear who he despatched it to

Messages: A pair of texts Armie Hammer allegedly sent to Courtney Vucekovich were revealed in the documentary that disturbed the ex-girlfriend

A pair of texts Armie Hammer allegedly despatched to Courtney Vucekovich had been revealed within the documentary that disturbed the ex-girlfriend 

While Armie allegedly opened up about tensions with his father, one of many different ladies to come back ahead in January 2021 claimed Armie’s mom confided in her she was ‘so frightened’ about her son and feared the satan was making an attempt to ‘take’ him.

Dru allegedly informed Lorenze she was ‘so frightened about Armie and so grateful for me as a result of she felt like I used to be affect on him. 

‘And that she simply needed him to just accept God again into his life. And that he had simply been combating every thing for a very long time.’ Armie’s dad and mom are solely a part of the image.

Scandal and stunning tales have rocked the household for at the least 5 generations, beginning with Dr. Julius Hammer, Armie’s great-great-grandfather.

The Hammer family’s dark history  is detailed in a recent Discovery+ docuseries titled 'House of Hammer.' The documentary claims the disgraced actor was obsessed with BDSM, forced a lap dance on a male assistant and drove drunk at 140mph through a residential area

The Hammer household’s darkish historical past  is detailed in a current Discovery+ docuseries titled ‘House of Hammer.’ The documentary claims the disgraced actor was obsessed with BDSM, compelled a lap dance on a male assistant and drove drunk at 140mph by a residential space

He was a central determine within the US Communist Party, who was convicted of manslaughter for performing a botched abortion on the spouse of a Russian diplomat in 1919 the place she later died.

While in jail, his son Armand – the person behind the household empire – took over his pharma business Allied Drug and was personally endorsed by Vladimir Lenin in a letter to Joseph Stalin.

Armand, who married 3 times, later tried to distance himself from his Soviet previous and reportedly mingled with senior political figures together with Senator Al Gore Sr., attended the presidential inaugurations of FDR, Reagan, and George H. W. Bush and frolicked with Prince Charles.

He was pardoned by Bush in 1989 after he made an unlawful contribution to Richard Nixon’s reelection marketing campaign which is claimed to have helped pay towards the Watergate scandal.

His son Julian, Armie’s grandfather, carried on the legacy for scandal when he killed longtime pal Bruce Whitlock in Los Angeles in 1955.

The FBI mentioned the killing was over a playing debt and he was charged with first-degree manslaughter however the prices had been dropped.

According to Vanity Fair, Armand despatched $50,000 in money to a lawyer in Los Angeles earlier than the costs had been dismissed.

Julian has additionally been accused of sexually abusing his daughter Casey when she was a baby.

Accusers Courtney Vucekovich appears in the documentary

Accusers Julia Morrison appears in the documentary

In the documentary, accusers Courtney Vucekovich (left) and Julia Morrison (proper) describe their allegedly violent relationships with Hammer in harrowing element. They shared tales about his alleged BDSM and cannibalism fetish

Casey made the claims in her 2015 memoir Surviving My Birthright. She additionally claimed Julian was abusive to different family members.

Jan Ward, Casey and Michael’s half sister, declined to touch upon the allegations when approached by Vanity Fair.

‘I’ll say that I like my household very a lot which incorporates my brother, my sister, and my nephews…I do have fantastic recollections of us children spending each summer season at Laguna Beach with our Grandma Olga and spending the vacations with our dad and mom and grandparents,’ she mentioned in a press release.

‘We had been all blessed to have the ability to attend wonderful colleges due to Grandpa Hammer who was a fantastic supporter of training.

‘Our household taught us the worth of hard work and I’ve had a satisfying career and an exquisite household life.’

 The new ‘House of Hammer’ docuseries, produced by Discovery+ and Hammer’s aunt Casey, which concluded final month, expands on the alleged darkish historical past of the Hammer clan.

The documentary reiterates claims from Hammer’s former girlfriends, who mentioned the actor abused them by BDSM intercourse, with one lady recognized solely as Effie claiming he raped her throughout their four-year affair. 

An nameless supply who labored as an assistant to the actor additionally claimed Hammer compelled him right into a strip membership at 10 a.m. to get him a lap dance, which the worker was uncomfortable doing. 

‘I used to be very towards it, I did not wish to do it. He made me consider that I had no selection. I might’ve walked away, however I used to be afraid of the stature of all of it.’ 

The man additionally recalled one occasion when Hammer drove by a residential space at 140 mph whereas ‘inebriated.’ 

‘It would scare me like loopy,’ he mentioned. 

The documentary additionally dives into the alleged corrupt and ruthless nature of household patriarch Armand Hammer, whose former media marketing consultant dubbed him ‘essentially the most satanic man’ of the second half of the twentieth century.  

The documentary is the newest chapter within the unravelling of the previous Hollywood A-lister whose career was felled in 2021 by sexual assault allegations and an ensuing investigation from the Los Angeles Police Department that led him to spending months within the Cayman Islands as a timeshare salesman. 

The new 'House of Hammer' docuseries explored the allegations of sexual assault and 'cannibalism' fetish that felled actor Armie Hammer's career, seeing his descent from movie star to a so-called 'monster'

The new ‘House of Hammer’ docuseries explored the allegations of sexual assault and ‘cannibalism’ fetish that felled actor Armie Hammer’s career, seeing his descent from film star to a so-called ‘monster’

The documentary features the generational sins of the Hammer clan as recounted by the disgraced actor's aunt, Casey (pictured) who came forward with her stories following the claims against her nephew

The documentary options the generational sins of the Hammer clan as recounted by the disgraced actor’s aunt, Casey (pictured) who got here ahead with her tales following the claims towards her nephew

The first episode of the collection, titled ‘Love Bomb,’ centered on Hammer’s tumultuous love life and obvious obsession with BDSM, because it opens with an Instagram voice message from the actor concerning a wager to an unknown recipient. 

‘This goes to be the guess: If I received, I get to come back over to your home with my bag of goodies. Inside my bag of goodies, there are a number of totally different bundles of Shibari rope; Shibari is the Japanese artwork of rope bondage,’ Hammer says within the recording. 

‘My guess was going to contain exhibiting up at your house and fully tying you up and incapacitating you, then having the ability to do no matter I needed to each single gap in your physique till I used to be executed with you.’ 

In the episode, Courtney Vucekovich, of Dallas, recounts her relationship with Hammer, saying it felt like a ‘fairy story’ earlier than issues took a darkish flip. 

She mentioned that whereas she indulged the actor in his BDSM fantasies, Hammer took issues too far throughout a three-week trip they took close to Palm Springs. 

‘It was one thing that has by no means been executed to me,’ Vucekovich mentioned, refusing to elaborate. ‘It’s very degrading and really belittling. I do not wish to put it on the market.’ 

On one other street journey, she claims she suffered bruises and accidents from being tied up by Hammer. 

‘He places on this creepy playlist and simply, like, the ropes had been round [my] neck, wrists, ankles and behind [my] again. I had bruises. I hated it,’ she mentioned. ‘I perceive that if that is your fantasy, if that is your factor, extra energy to you. I did not prefer it.’ 

Harrowing: Accuser Courtney Vucekovich appears in the documentary. She said her relationship with Armie started out idyllic but went suddenly south as she claims she suffered injuries and bruises from BDSM sex with the actor

Accuser Courtney Vucekovich seems within the documentary. She mentioned her relationship with Hammer began out idyllic however went all of the sudden south as she claims she suffered accidents and bruises from BDSM intercourse with the actor 

Also showing within the episode was Julia Morrison, a mannequin and actress, who mentioned Hammer contacted her on Instagram after she posted a photoshoot image of her being choked. 

‘I’ve needed to tie you up since I noticed these goddamn footage and messaged you about it,’ Hammer allegedly wrote. 

Morrison additionally shared one other message, the place Hammer allegedly shared one other disturbing fantasy about her. 

‘I have never actually digested this one,’ Morrison says flipping by her telephone and studying aloud a textual content from Hammer, ‘I’ve a fantasy of getting somebody show their love and devotion and tying them up in a public place at night time making their physique free use. And seeing if they’ll f*** strangers for me.’ 

Vucekovich and Morrison additionally share textual content messages they are saying Hammer despatched, describing extra violent sexual fantasies he needed them to play out – together with the notorious ‘I’m 100% a cannibal’ textual content. 

Hammer additionally allegedly informed the  he needed to take away their ribs, barbecue them and eat them. 

Paige Lorenze, who was in a relationship with Hammer, additionally accused him of slicing the letter ‘A’ into one her thigh earlier than sucking the blood out of her recent wound.

‘He’s obsessed with meat,’ she mentioned. ‘I brushed it off however I do consider that he was severe.’ 

Hammer has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and claims that each one his earlier relationships had been consensual. 

The second and third episode went additional into element about Casey Hammer’s claims towards her household, who she mentioned perpetuated a historical past of violence that in the end affected her nephew. 

Casey, who was was principally ignored by in her grandfather’s multi-million-dollar will in 1990 – reported to be value about $800million – mentioned violence runs within the household.

‘On the surface we had been an ideal household. But enlarge Succession 1,000,000 occasions, and it as my household,’ she mentioned, ‘If you consider about making offers with the satan, the Hammers are high of the totem pole.

‘Every era in my household has been concerned in darkish misdeeds, and it simply will get worse and worse and worse.’ 

Hammer’s great-grandfather and namesake, Armand Hammer, made hundreds of thousands within the oil trade however left his household deeply divided in his 1990 will, which favored some and slighted others.

Hammer’s father, Michael, was inherited the majority of the fortune, whereas Casey and her father acquired $250,000 and $500,000 respectively.  

Violence and scandal has plagued the household all through its tales historical past, with Armand  being convicted of manslaughter in 1920 over a botched abortion he tried to manage, and Hamer’s grandfather, Julian, killing a person in 1955 over a playing debt. He dodged these prices by claiming self-defense.

Armie Hammer as a child being held by his great grandfather Armand Hammer. His father, Michael Hammer, crouches to the right

Armie Hammer as a baby being held by his nice grandfather Armand Hammer. His father, Michael Hammer, crouches to the suitable 

Pictured: Armie Hammer with his father Michael Hammer, who received the bulk of his grandfather's $40 million inheritance while his father and sister were snubbed

Pictured: Armie Hammer with his father Michael Hammer, who acquired the majority of his grandfather’s $40 million inheritance whereas his father and sister had been snubbed 

Somewhat paradoxically, director Luca Guadagino and co-star Timothee Chalamet from Hammer’s star flip in Call Me By Your Name are set to launch a movie about cannibalism referred to as Bones and All.

‘I noticed this afterward once I began to be informed of a few of these innuendos on social media.’ 

He added: ‘Any hyperlink with the rest exists solely within the realm of social media, with which I don’t interact.’

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