In 1995, Baywatch star Pamela Anderson and rocker Tommy Lee had a private sex tape stolen by their electrician. The VHS became the first celebrity sex tape widely distributed online. Now the scandal is being retold in the series Pam & Tommy. Watch the new teaser.
Lily James and Sebastian Stan play the then-married supercouple in the film by Craig Gillespie, who brought us I, Tonya. Nick Offerman, Taylor Schilling, and Seth Rogen all have key roles.
Before Paris Hilton, before Kim Kardashian, this was the the sex tape to end all sex tapes. The quintessential article on the drama is by Amanda Chicago Lewis:
It’s funny what being held at gunpoint will do to you. And being held at gunpoint by a megalomaniacal rock star? Well, that doesn’t feel very good at all.
Not when the rock star has spent the past three months, the entire spring of 1995, living a fantasy life right in front of you, sipping martinis and passing a joint around at 11a.m. with his new wife, a pert blonde actress who inspires over a billion people around the world to drool each week as she runs across the beach in a tight red bathing suit. Not when you’ve been laying wires, tearing up the walls and painting again and again, because the light switch the rock star thought he wanted over here he now wants just there.
By the time Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson abruptly fired the handful of the people renovating their Malibu mansion, refusing to pay for work they said was shoddily done, electrician Rand Gauthier was so sick of the celebrity couple’s demands that he was ready to simply write off the $20,000 he says they owed him. But when he and a general contractor came back to the couple’s mansion on Mulholland Highway to get their tools and Tommy Lee pointed a shotgun at them, saying, “Get the fuck off my property,” Gauthier got seriously pissed.
The revenge porn saga ended up in litigation forever and has all kinds of twists and turns. The series is scheduled to premiere February 2 on Hulu.
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