Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee's abusive relationship with Pamela Anderson and the OG sex tape completely bypassed in biopic

Revisiting the notorious romance between the Motley Crue drummer and the Baywatch beauty, which produced the OG video that defined viral pornography


                            Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee's abusive relationship with Pamela Anderson and the OG sex tape completely bypassed in biopic

Famed drummer of notorious rock band Motley Crue and all-round bad boy Tommy Lee has had some trying times when it comes to love.

He is portrayed in Netflix's new film 'The Dirt' as a wild child who basically used to "drugs, booze, concert, booze, drugs, repeat" before that sequence even became a thing in mainstream media.

The movie shows Lee's (played by rapper Machine Gun Kelly) relationship with actress Heather Locklear pretty prominently but fails to even mention the most controversial relationship he ever had: the one with 'Baywatch' beauty Pamela Anderson.

Their tumultuous love story began on February 19, 1995, and they shocked pretty much everyone by announcing their marriage after spending just 96 hours or four days together.

Lee was doing very well as the Crue's drummer at this point and Anderson was setting hearts racing with her stint on 'Baywatch'. The couple got married on a beach with Anderson wearing a bikini. 

Actor Pamela Anderson and musician Tommy Lee on the beach following their wedding, Cancun, Mexico, February 1995 (Source: Getty Images)
Actor Pamela Anderson and musician Tommy Lee on the beach following their wedding, Cancun, Mexico, February 1995 (Source: Getty Images)

 

The whirlwind romance took everyone by surprise, with even Anderson's mother knowing about the whole thing through an article in PEOPLE magazine at the time.

During the time that they were together, Anderson was professionally known as Pamela Anderson Lee. The couple have two sons together: Brandon Thomas Lee and Dylan Jagger Lee.

Lee and Anderson became the talk of the town for something that took place just after their honeymoon. The couple had gone the adventurous route while on vacation and videotaped their sexual activities. This same video ended up being stolen from their home in 1995 and was released on the internet. It became the OG video that defined viral pornography.

Pamela Anderson Lee, Tommy Lee, and son Brandon at Motley Crue's Walk of Fame induction on Sunset Blvd. on May 20, 1997 (Source: Getty Images)
Pamela Anderson Lee, Tommy Lee, and son Brandon at Motley Crue's Walk of Fame induction on Sunset Blvd. on May 20, 1997 (Source: Getty Images)

 

According to what Lee said in the band's 2001 autobiographical book, 'The Dirt: Confession of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band', he had some work being done at the family home around the same time as the theft.

The book said that a former porn star by the name of Rand Gauthier was working at the house during that time, found the sex tape, and sold it.

Lee's furious wife Anderson sued the video distribution company, Internet Entertainment Group. In the end, however, the Lee family had to accept that it had basically gone "viral" in those days and entered a confidential settlement agreement with IEG.

The company then started making the sex tape available to all the subscribers on its websites once more and this resulted in triple the amount of regular traffic for the site.

Tommy Lee Appears At Malibu Municipal Court on February 26, 1998, accused of attacking wife Pamela Lee (Source: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Tommy Lee Appears At Malibu Municipal Court on February 26, 1998, accused of attacking wife Pamela Lee (Source: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

 

In the time that the couple was married, Lee was arrested for spousal abuse after he assaulted Anderson. The incident took place in early 1998 and involved Anderson, the couple's second son Dylan and Lee. The reports state that Lee kicked his wife while she was holding their baby son in the kitchen of the family home. The altercation took place because Anderson refused to call and ask her parents not to come over to the family home.

Lee reportedly left Anderson with "bruises, a torn fingernail and fear for the safety of her two sons, Dylan and Brandon". The drummer pleaded no contest in court and ended up serving six months in a county jail. The couple finally called their relationship quits, or at least that's what it says on paper, that same year. 

Pamela Anderson talks with former husband and musician Tommy Lee, drummer for Motley Crue, at the Malibu Courthouse after a probation progress report April 10, 2003, in Malibu, California (Source: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Pamela Anderson talks with former husband and musician Tommy Lee, drummer for Motley Crue, at the Malibu Courthouse after a probation progress report April 10, 2003, in Malibu, California (Source: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

 

After they got divorced, Anderson and Lee kept seeing each other on and off for many years in spite of them officially being done with each other.

On at least two occasions, one in 1999 and the other in 2008, the couple made very public announcements that they were back together again.

Lee was quoted as saying in 2008: "We’ve only given it a try 800 times — 801, here we go. Pamela and the kids have moved in with me. It’s awesome. It’s definitely working."

Unfortunately for the eccentric drummer, the relationship didn't last for very long and the couple split once more a short time later.

Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee arrive at the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Event Honoring Tom Ford on March 28, 2004, in Beverly Hills, California. (Source: Giulio Marcocchi/Getty Images)
Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee arrive at the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Event Honoring Tom Ford on March 28, 2004, in Beverly Hills, California. (Source: Giulio Marcocchi/Getty Images)

 

In March 2002, Anderson threw a major bomb when she publicly stated that she had contracted hepatitis C because she shared tattoo needles with Lee.

The former Baywatch actor was reported to have been cured of hepatitis C in 2015, but the shadow of her former husband trailed her even when she had moved on with other partners.

Last year in March, it was reported that Lee was assaulted by their son Brandon at his house after the musician taking to Twitter to bash his former wife for talking about their relationship in an interview with Daily Mail journalist Piers Morgan.

Tommy had tweeted: "Think she'd find something new to discuss instead of rehashing old s*** but I guess she has nothing else going on & needs attention. Signed, 'The Abuser' (who she texts everyday & asks for me back)."

This apparently didn't sit well with Brandon, who was then staying with Lee and his fiancee Brittany Furlan. He reportedly sucker punched Lee, knocking him out cold. 

But the duo seemed seem to have moved on since then, with Lee marrying Furlan this February and Anderson having an on-off thing going on with French footballer Adil Rami.

'The Dirt' may have bypassed Lee and Anderson's bruising love story completely, but we believe the notorious romance deserves its own stand-alone movie.

Netflix's The Dirt aired on the streaming site on March 22.