Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee: back on their sextape scandal


Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee never suspected millions of people would watch the sex tape they filmed while on their honeymoon – but that’s exactly what happened.

The scandal, which rocked pop culture, is now being explored in Hulu’s scripted series “Pam & Tommy,” which became available to stream on Wednesday. It stars Lily James as the “Baywatch” bombshell and Sebastian Stan as the drummer for Mötley Crüe.

A representative for Lee, 59, did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment while Anderson, 54, had no comment.

Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee met at a New Year’s Eve party in Hollywood.
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The drama began in 1994 when the rocker and the Playboy cover girl met at a New Year’s Eve party. Lee was freshly single after he and his wife of seven years, actress Heather Locklear, called it quits. Lee and Anderson bumped into Hollywood club Sanctuary, where they shared a drink.

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“He walked over, grabbed me and licked my face,” Anderson recalled to Movieline magazine, as quoted by the New York Post. “I thought he was a cool, friendly, nice guy. I gave him my number.”

A hopelessly smitten Lee was relentless with her incessant pleas, which discouraged Anderson, Rolling Stone reported. But the couple finally connected as Anderson prepared to leave town for a photo shoot in Cancun, Mexico.

Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee on the beach after their wedding in Cancun, Mexico, February 1995.

Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee on the beach after their wedding in Cancun, Mexico, February 1995.
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“I begged him not to come there,” Anderson said, as quoted by the outlet. “He said, ‘OK. See you later.’ I thought that was a weird way to end the conversation.”

The outlet noted that Lee kept his word. He flew to Cancun and followed Anderson to the Ritz-Carlton. In less than 96 hours, the couple said “I do” to each other on the beach and tattooed each other’s names on their ring fingers. Shortly after tying the knot, the newlyweds filmed a sex tape and took some explicit photos meant for their eyes only. The X-rated images would later come back to haunt them.

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Shortly after the nuptials, Anderson moved in with Lee in Malibu, California.

Tommy Lee has described how he and Pamela Anderson were unprepared for the intense media scrutiny that took place after the couple tied the knot.

Tommy Lee has described how he and Pamela Anderson were unprepared for the intense media scrutiny that took place after the couple tied the knot.
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“I didn’t understand the paparazzi, because I had never experienced anything so crazy with Heather,” recalls Lee, quoted by Rolling Stone. “Back then, the s— was more organized. With Pamela, it was a whole different level of harassment. The photographers would come out of the bushes when we left the house and start high-speed chases with us on the highway. Everywhere we went, someone was shouting ‘Pamela!’ or “Tommy!” and if we turned around, a million flashes would go off. If we didn’t turn around, they’d start booing and swearing at us.

“It’s become a sick game of trying to invent elaborate schemes to avoid them: sending your assistant out of the house with a luring blonde wig or changing cars to get them off our trail,” he said. for follow-up. “I wanted to crush them all: it wasn’t so much the invasion as the lack of respect for us as human beings. When Pamela collapsed and lost our first child to a miscarriage ( a curse of the Lee family, my mother said), the paparazzi were so intent on taking pictures that they kept cutting off the ambulance on the way to the hospital. F—, man, I I could deal with them trying to crash our parties, but trying to crash our ambulance was a different story.”

It was around this time that electrician Rand Gauthier began working on the couple’s property. After being fired, the disgruntled ex-employee sought revenge. In 2014, Gauthier told Rolling Stone the motivation came after Lee allegedly told him to “fuck off my property” while pointing a gun at him as he tried to retrieve his tools from home. He claimed that Lee refused to pay him or return his tools.

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Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson have become parents to two boys.

Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson have become parents to two boys.
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Gauthier then snuck onto the property and stole a safe in the hope that it contained cash and valuables. Instead, it contained the sex tape, which was distributed by Internet Entertainment Group, The Hollywood Reporter revealed. It grossed $77 million in 12 months.

According to the outlet, the couple sued the company and ultimately settled for an undisclosed sum. However, the major stress resulting from the invasion of their privacy put a strain on their marriage. Anderson said they never made any money from the tape and she never saw it.

During their marriage, Lee and Anderson became parents to sons Brandon Thomas and Dylan Jagger. The Hollywood Reporter noted that Anderson and Lee divorced in 1998, following a marital dispute. Lee served six months in prison for domestic violence.

“I’m very proud of Tommy,” Anderson told reporters outside the courthouse. “I’m glad he took responsibility for it. And I think it’s the first step towards healing.”

The duo got back together in 2008 but eventually decided to go their separate ways for good.

As for Gauthier, Rolling Stone reported that he resides outside of Santa Rosa, Calif., where he works as an electrician and “grows marijuana in his garage.”

Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee divorced in 1998.

Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee divorced in 1998.
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Anderson walked down the aisle five times. Her most recent marriage to bodyguard Dan Hayhurst ended after a year. As for Lee, he married internet personality Brittany Furlan in 2019.

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James told The Associated Press that she hopes the teachable moments in history will resonate with audiences in 2022.

“We look at these stories as a sort of record and realize our own culpability in the way people have been treated and how as a society we treat women, in particular, not just through the media, but at all levels,” James said. . “It’s good to spark a conversation, and it’s important for all of us to look within, look at ourselves, and try to do better.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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