Courtney Love slams Pamela Anderson miniseries for focusing on release of sex tape that 'destroyed my friend Pamela's life'
James stars as Love's longtime friend Pamela Anderson in the miniseries, which follows the former Baywatch star's marriage to rocker Tommy Lee (portrayed by Sebastian Stan) and the events surrounding the release of their infamous sex tape after it was stolen from a safe in 1995.
In a Facebook post on Sunday, Love called out those behind the show, accusing them of exploiting a "disgusting" invasion of privacy that "destroyed" Anderson's life. She also detailed what it was like as one of few women in the music industry back then to witness her male counterparts watching the footage with "schadenfreude," or the act of deriving pleasure from another's misfortune.
"I find this so f—ing outrageous," the Hole frontwoman said of Pam & Tommy. "When Pam / tommy sex tape was out / myself [Hole's drummer Patty Schemel] @pattyschemel and [Hole's bassist Melissa Auf der Maur] @xmadmx were making a record. And the lone women in many recording studios in la. Where all / ALL! The staff engineers/producers/owners / were watching the sex tape with huge schadenfreude . . Guffaws, It was disgusting. I banned anyone discussing it. . It destroyed my friend Pamela's life. Utterly."
Love also alleged she was contacted by those behind the production to approve the usage of her 1994 Rolling Stone cover shot by photographer Mark Seliger, which she empathically declined. The star concluded her pointed message by taking aim at James. "And shame on lily James whoever the f– she is."
EW has reached out to reps for Pamela Anderson for comment.
Hulu released first look photos of James and Stan earlier this month that left fans all over social media celebrating the former Downton Abbey star and her likeness to Anderson. Stan was also on the receiving end of attention as his torso was emblazoned with tattoos and a pair of nipple rings.
Anderson tied the knot with the Mötley Crüe frontman in 1995 just four days after they met. The sex tape was shot during their honeymoon and was later stolen from their home by electrician Rand Gauthier (played Seth Rogen in the series) and released online. In 1998, they won a copyright infringement suit against Internet Entertainment Group, the company that sold it online.
Rounding out the cast are Nick Offerman, Taylor Schilling, Andrew Dice Clay, Pepi Sonuga, Spencer Granese, and Mozhan Marnò.
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