How Pamela Anderson & Tommy Lee’s relationship was doomed from the start with violence, drugs and a sex tape gone wrong

THE most notorious sex tape in showbiz history – starring Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee – is being turned into a TV series with Lily James.

Downton Abbey star Lily will be playing the surgically-enhanced former Baywatch actress in the drama provisionally titled Pam and Tommy.

When the newlywed couple recorded their bedroom antics on their honeymoon in 1995 the tape was stolen from Tommy’s safe.

Soon it ended up online and within a year had earned almost £60million in paid-for views, with punters across the world desperate to see the 34DD blonde fully naked.

Pamela, now 53, was distraught and the episode drove a wedge between her and the Mötley Crüe drummer, 58, leading to their divorce just three years later.

It was something she couldn’t ever bear to watch, saying: “Someone stole the safe and spliced together the different times and said there was a sex tape.

“I have never ever seen it. And it was not something you want anyone to see.”

But many believe their relationship was doomed from the start.

The eight part show, being made for the Hulu streaming site, will follow the couple from the bizarre beginning of their hook up to its violent end.

Sex toy stash for first date

Their introduction at a New Year’s Eve party in 1994 at Anderson’s bar was certainly far from romantic.

Off his head on champagne and ecstasy Tommy, who had divorced actress Heather Locklear a year earlier, grabbed Pam’s face and licked the side of it “from chin to temple”.

Then before their first date he put on an old T-shirt that stank of body odor and “picked up $400 worth of sex toys and outfits”.

Pam’s friends warned her off Tommy, who had a reputation for using women and drugs.

This was a man who during his time with glam rocker Mötley Crüe had set a hotel bed on fire, swallowed light bulbs and drank two gallons of vodka a day.

Yet his determination won her over.

After four days together in Cancun, Mexico, he proposed marriage in a down at heel disco by putting one of his many rings on her finger.

Tommy, who will be portrayed by Marvel actor Sebastian Stan, later told Rolling Stone magazine: "She said yes, hugged me and stuck her tongue down my throat.”

Sex tape swiped in safe heist

Initially, the couple confounded the doubters who thought their marriage would never last.

The couple had two children together, Brandon, 24, and Dylan, 22, and formed lots of plans for their future.

When Pam threw a party for Tommy there was a ferris wheel and fake ambulances to take all the wrecked guests home at the end of the night.

But they were already turning minor incidents into major shouting matches even before the tape surfaced.

The couple had gone to stay in London while Tommy’s Los Angeles pad was being renovated.

He believes that one of the contractors removed the safe while the work was being done.

The finger of blame pointed at disgruntled electrician Rand Gauthier, who is expected to be played by Seth Rogen in the TV show.

Later they received a call from a porn industry insider saying they would release the compromising recording.

According to Pam it was just a collection of their intimate moments, saying: “Tommy and I were naked at all times. We videoed lots of different things in our life and we put all of the tapes and video cameras in a safe.”

There was only one scene of full blown intercourse on the whole thing.

Tommy and Pam say they agreed to allow it to be broadcast on the internet one time only.

And then, without their permission, it was turned into a tape available for purchase at regular outlets.

SECOND racy recording

Attempts to sue Internet Entertainment Group in 1998 for £70million led to even more stress.

The judge first ruled that the couple had given up their rights to the tape, but they won a million pounds plus costs on appeal.

Matters were made worse when Internet Entertainment Group also put out a sex tape involving Pam and Poison frontman Bret Michaels from their time together in 1993. 

It was the start of a downward spiral for the couple. And Tommy’s abusive behaviour began to get worse.

A row which started with his frustration at not finding a frying pan, spiralled out of control in 1998.

The couple got into a vicious slanging match and it ended with Tommy kicking out at Pam while she was holding baby Dylan.

He was jailed for six months in May of that year after pleading guilty to assaulting his wife.

Bigger charges of possession of a firearm and violating his parole were dropped.

On his release Tommy was ordered to give up drinking alcohol and stay away from his ex. The alternative was another three years in jail.

'Devastated and depressed'

Briefly, it looked like the couple might rekindle their relationship.

They were seen out together and Pam said she saw herself with Tommy “old, toothless, on a bench somewhere with our tattoos.”

That hope came crashing down when they entered a savage custody battle in 2000.

Tommy asked for joint custody of their children, Brandon, 24, and Dylan, 22, and had to go through psychiatric evaluations.

In their bitter fall out there were accusations that Pam had contracted hepatitis C by sharing a tattoo needle with Tommy, which he denied.

Then in 2001 a four-year-old boy named Daniel Karven-Veres drowned in the swimming pool at Tommy’s Malibu home during a birthday party for Brandon.

A jury later cleared Tommy of any responsibility for the child's death.

Those woes seemed to seal the relationship’s fate, but a flicker of their love remained.

In 2008 Pamela moved back into Tommy's Los Angeles home sparking rumours they might even remarry.

Tommy said: “We’ve only given it a try 800 times – 801, here we go. It’s awesome.”

They had both had short marriages in between and seemed to be comfortable together.

The harmony did not last, though, and they split again a few months later.

She admitted that while she was in love with Tommy, she could not live with him.

Pam explained: “I have tortured myself over it for years and was devastated and depressed about that relationship.

“I think I’ve just tried to attach myself to anybody who’d create a family, but the people I attracted weren’t really the fairy tale I planned.”

'Pandora's Box' of porn warning

Last year Tommy married Brittany Furlan, while Pam’s marriage to Hollywood producer Jon Peters lasted just a month earlier this year.

The infamy of the sex tape is something that has followed the actress and animal rights activist around.

When Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat movie came out it featured a reference to the salacious recording.

So Pam decided she had to talk to her sons about it.

She told them: "Look, Mummy and Daddy were massively in love, we videotaped everything, everything was videotaped, and you’re probably going hear about something at school.''



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It is clear that former Playboy Playmate Pam has never forgiven the porn industry for the way she was mistreated.

She believes the sharing of sexual images was wrecking marriages and young lives.

Four years ago she commented: “The march of technology is irreversible and we aren’t so naive as to believe that any kind of imposed regulation could ever reseal the Pandora’s box of pornography.”

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