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Jon Hamm Opens Up About His Softcore Porn Past & Fraternity Hazing Allegations!

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Just like Don Draper, Jon Hamm has a controversial past.

The former Mad Men star covers Esquire's bi-annual style manual The Big Black Book, where he reflects on his life as a frat boy at the University of Texas, and his former job as a set dresser for softcore porn films.

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According to the Associated Press in 2015, the actor was charged in the early '90s for allegedly hazing a Sigma Nu pledge who said he was severely beaten, dragged by a hammer, and had his pants lit on fire. Reportedly, a separate charge of assault against the now-47-year-old was dismissed.

In response to the controversy, Hamm remarked:

"Everything about that is sensationalized… I was accused of these things I don't… It's so hard to get into it. I don't want to give it any more breath… It was a bummer of a thing that happened. I was essentially acquitted. I wasn't convicted of anything. I was caught up in a big situation, a stupid kid in a stupid situation, and it's a fucking bummer. I moved on from it."

In his mid-20s, the St. Louis-native worked as a set dresser on softcore porn movies as he struggled to find gigs as an actor in Los Angeles.

He explained:

"I got that job because of a friend of mine, this girl who was like our stage manager in college… I was hanging out with her and another friend of ours from Mizzou, commiserating at a potluck… None of us had any money. I'd lost my catering gig. I was like, 'I need a job.' My friend said, 'You can have my job. I'm doing set dressing.'… I said, 'I don't know how to do that.' She says, 'It's not that hard. They'll hire anybody.' She says, 'It's just soul-crushing for me. I can't do it.' I said, 'Soul-crushing: That sounds amazing. I'll do it.' And she's like, 'It's for these Skinemax softcore titty movies.' I asked, 'What do you do?' She hands me this bucket with all of her tools in it and says, 'You just move shit around. Do whatever they want you to do.' I went in the following Monday and said, 'I'm the new set dresser.' Literally, no one blinked."'

Even after becoming a big star, Hamm still had his demons. In 2015, he entered rehab for alcohol abuse and ended a relationship with longtime flame Jennifer Westfeldt.

In regards to that troubling year:

"I had a lot of shifts in my life. A lot of rearranging of priorities. I don't think it was conscious, but it was necessary. It was tricky, and the dust is still settling in many ways."

See his Esquire cover (below):

A post shared by Esquire (@esquire) on Apr 4, 2018 at 7:34am PDT

[Image via FayesVision/WENN.]

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