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Actress Accuses Rock Star Husband of Assaulting Her

TIMES STAFF WRITER

Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee was booked on suspicion of abusing his wife, actress Pamela Anderson Lee, Wednesday after an altercation in their Malibu home, authorities said.

The tattooed heavy metal rocker was arrested after Pamela Lee dialed 911 and told authorities that he had “physically assaulted” her Tuesday night, police said.

“She had a broken fingernail, some bleeding on her hand, and some faint redness and soreness in her lower back,” said Deputy Michael Irving, a Sheriff’s Department spokesman.

Lee is on probation for attacking a cameraman who was trying to videotape the couple leaving Hollywood’s Viper Room nightclub in 1996. Lee pushed the man to the ground, breaking his pelvis and a rib.

The alleged probation violation is punishable by four years in prison, as is the spousal abuse charge, said Steven Slavitt, a prosecutor with the district attorney’s spousal abuse unit.

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Lee was being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lost Hills substation.

Marleah Leslie, Pamela Lee’s Beverly Hills-based publicist, issued a written statement confirming “that she is and has been a victim of domestic violence and spousal abuse.”

“Last evening, Tommy Lee assaulted and battered Pamela--while she was holding their 7-week-old child, Dylan, and in the presence of their 20-month-old son, Brandon,” Leslie said.

“Pamela intends to vigorously cooperate in the prosecution of her husband, and is looking to the district attorney and all other appropriate authorities to protect her and her children,” Leslie said.

Tommy Lee’s spokesman declined to comment, saying that she could not reach her client.

Pamela Lee first appeared as the Tool Time Girl in the “Home Improvement” television sitcom and then starred in the hit television show “Baywatch” before appearing in the movie “Barb Wire,” a box office bomb. She filed for divorce in 1996 and said Lee’s hard drinking had strained their marriage. Soon after, they reconciled and Lee sought substance abuse counseling.

Tommy Lee first rose to fame in the 1980s when bands like his, often called hair bands or glamour bands, were given heavy rotation on MTV.


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