Pam and Tommy: The real story behind the world’s first celebrity sex tape

Baywatch star Pamela Anderson and drummer Mötley Crüe Tommy Lee met on New Year’s Eve 1994 at the Sanctuary nightclub in LA. Two months later, after four romantic days on the beach in Cancún, Mexico, they were married. Lee proposed at a string bikini contest at a nightclub. While the couple went on to have two sons, before divorcing in 1998 when Lee was sentenced to six months in prison for assaulting her, to this day they are best known for one thing: their sex tape surname.

The leaked tape inspired a new Hulu TV series, Pam & Tommymain character Lily James and Sebastian Stan like a famous couple. In time with its UK premiere on Disney Plus on February 2, here’s some background info on the real story behind the series.

Only a handful of guests attended the couple’s barefoot wedding in Mexico. Anderson wears a white bikini and Lee wears shorts. The couple both have each other’s names tattooed on their ring fingers, and Anderson’s mother only discovered the wedding photos in the tabloids.

The sex tape is said to have been made during the couple’s honeymoon, and was later stolen from Lee’s Malibu mansion, which is being remodeled. Lee fired an electrician, Rand Gauthier, to whom he owed $20,000. Gauthier, a former adult film star, became disgruntled with the couple after they allegedly refused to pay him what they owed. He then broke into Lee and Anderson’s home and stole items from their safe, including an eight-minute sex tape.

According to the police report, the safe also contained an AK47 assault rifle, a .45 caliber rifle, a Mossberg pistol, a Rolex, and a Cartier watch in gold and diamonds. , gold and emerald cufflinks, a ruby ​​and diamond cross, the white bikini Anderson wore to their beach wedding, and a collection of family photos.

The electrician used his connections in the adult film industry to sell tapes online. VHS copy of Pamela’s Hardcore Sex Video will cost $59.99 – around £40 – and ship worldwide.

The video is considered the first celebrity sex tape and certainly the first to be released on the internet. Long before Kim Kardashian was famous for releasing sex tapes of her with her boyfriend at a time when videos of Ray J, Anderson and Lee’s home went viral.

Lily James and Sebastian Stan in ‘Pam & Tommy’


Lee and Anderson later sued Internet Entertainment Group, one of the companies that sold the video. An agreement was reached, but they never received their money due to the bankruptcy of the business.

By 1997, as internet usage began to grow, the porn industry exploded. In November of that year, Seth Warshavsky, a 25-year-old internet enthusiast, aired a sex tape on his porn site Club Love for five hours. Pamela’s Hardcore Sex Video earned $77 million in online views in less than a year.

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By 1998, the film was sold in most adult video stores in the US, and by 2000, Anderson was named the “most downloaded star” of all time. The Guinness Book of World Records.

The former couple’s marriage was marred by domestic abuse allegations, with Lee jailed for allegedly assaulting Anderson while she was holding their 7-week-old son in 1998. Anderson also later accused Lee of spreading hepatitis C.

When they divorced, Anderson had a tattoo of “Tommy” on her ring finger changed to “Mom.”

While Lee has commented on the Hulu show in the works – “Let the moms know, we broke the internet first” – Anderson has yet to reveal his feelings about the film.

James, who has independently tried to contact Anderson, said: “I really hope that she gets involved. I wish it had been different. ”

Pam & Tommy premieres on Disney Plus in the UK on Wednesday, February 2.

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Tom Vazquez

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