Pamela Anderson said in a television interview on February 22, 2017 that she is going to start campaigning for men falsely accused of rape. Anderson is best known for her starring role in the Baywatch television series, which at the peak of its popularity was one of the most watched TV programs in the world.
Anderson’s interest in false rape accusations is the result of her friendship with Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks.org. In August 2012 Ecuador granted Assange political asylum in their London Embassy to protect him from arrest and extradition to Sweden for what he claims are false allegations of sexually assaulting several women. Assange claims the false allegations are “political persecution” and a ruse for Sweden to gain custody of him for extradition to the U.S.
Assange has been under investigation for a number of years by the U.S. government for espionage and other charges related to Wikileaks’ publication of information provided to them by then-U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning. Manning was convicted by court-martial in 2013 for leaking the information, and sentenced to 35 years in prison. Outgoing President Barack Obama commuted Manning’s sentence to 7 years from the time of his arrest, and he is scheduled to be released on May 17, 2017.
Anderson is a staunch defender of Assange’s innocence, and she has visited him at Ecuador’s Embassy.
During her interview on RT’s ‘Going Underground’ program, Anderson talked about Assange’s case and that it was politically motivated. She also said, “I’m going to actually start campaigning for men who have been victims of being accused of rape when they haven’t actually done anything. … We all of course gravitate towards vulnerable people and we consider that to be women and children first and foremost, which is important of course, but there’s also a lot of men who are in a vulnerable situation.”