The star revealed a heartbreaking history of sexual abuse which left her “struggling to trust humans”
Pamela Anderson has revealed she was raped aged 12 and subjected to sexual assaults by a gang that has left her struggling to “trust humans”.
The former Baywatch star, 46, appeared in Cannes to launch her new animal charity, but taking to the microphone she said she felt it was “time to reveal a few of my most painful memories.”
Anderson then went on to describe a series of sexual assaults that took place when she was a child, starting with an account of being “molested” by a female friend of the family in her own home.
“I did not have an easy childhood, I was molested from age six by a female babysitter
“I went to her boyfriend’s house, and his older brother decided to teach me backgammon, which led into a back massage, which led into rape – my first heterosexual experience. He was 25 years old and I was 12.”
Despite suffering from nerves and a failing microphone, Anderson described how her first school boyfrien d then organised her gang rape.
“He decided it would be funny to gang rape me with six friends. I wanted off this earth.
“This meant I had a hard time trusting humans,” she said. “My parents tried to keep me safe, but to me the world was not a safe place. My dad was an alcoholic, my mum worked two jobs, my mum was always crying, dad didn’t always come home.”
The reason for discussing the sexual assaults in Cannes was because she said she was saved from depression by her feeling of love for animals.
“My infinity with animals saved me. It came to me naturally. The trees spoke to me.
“I wasn’t sure why I was alive. A burning question.
“My loyalty remained with the animal kingdom and I vowed to protect them and only them.
“I prayed to the whales with my feet in the ocean, my only real friends until I had children.”
Anderson said the fact animals had helped her over her trauma was the “why I am doing this,” with regards to launching her own charity.
The confession came at an unlikely time and venue, on a beach in Cannes on Friday night as she raised money for charity.
Following the speech Rick Saloman, the husband Anderson married for a second time in January, then joined her at the backgammon tables where guests had paid to take part.
The event raised around £100,000 for Anderson’s pal Vivienne Westwood’s charity Cool Earth.
According to its mission statement, The new Pamela Anderson Foundation “supports organisations and individuals on the front lines protecting the environment, animal rights and human rights”.