Pamela Anderson reveals she suffered from TMJ disorder after ex-husband Tommy Lee hit her while she was holding their child Dylan in 1998
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: 'Baywatch' star Pamela Anderson revealed she was deeply devastated and was "suffering from TMJ disorder" after the arrest of her then-husband Tommy Lee at their California home on charges of felony spousal abuse and child abuse in February 1998. The founding member of the heavy metal group The Mötley Crüe pled no contest in April 1998 and the child abuse charge was later dropped. However, he was ultimately sentenced to half a year in jail.
The 55-year-old dealt with the situation courageously despite the aftermath of their dispute. Anderson was reportedly finding out the physical damage Lee caused before tests allegedly "showed it was out of alignment, that it was a case of TMJ." According to Mayo Clinic, the disorder can also cause a clicking sound or grating sensation when one opens their mouth or chews something. Tommy Lee was suspected of hitting Anderson while she was holding their young tot, Dylan. She was left with a bleeding hand, a sore, reddened back, and a broken fingernail.
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According to Page Six, Anderson said that her “hell began” after Lee was arrested. “I still couldn’t believe that the person I loved the most was capable of what had happened that night,” she said, recalling how the rock star repeatedly kicked her in the back. “We were both devastated, but I had to protect my babies.” After initially ending their relationship in 1996, Pamela filed for divorce again in 1998 citing irreconcilable differences, thus marking the second time she decided to end their union.
Pamela's love for Tommy Lee
However, Anderson later appreciated that Lee took responsibility for his wrongdoing and expressed remorse. In recent years, she has expressed her love and affection for the rock star and claimed that he was the love of her life. "There was Tommy and then there was nobody else," she told People in 2015. "He was the love of my life. We had a wild and crazy beginning that was too much for both of us."
Pamela disclosed her love for Tommy Lee in her new memoir, 'Love', Pamela, where she wrote, "My relationship with Tommy may have been the only time I was ever truly in love." She said the private sex tape that was released put the final nail in the relationship, explaining, "It ruined lives, starting with our relationship — and it's unforgivable that people, still to this day, think they can profit from such a terrible experience."