Going on a publicity tour, having your publicist issue press releases, or visiting talk shows is a common way to promote new books. When that book is a memoir, it is almost a necessity. For the many who have written them, they are already in the twilight of their careers, so they need the extra push to get people to make that purchase.
Pamela Anderson isn’t one of those people. Despite being relatively out of the spotlight for many years, people still remember her numerous spreads in multiple issues of Playboy magazine, her highly regarded time on Baywatch, or even her first break on Home Improvement. There was also the infamous “Pam and Tommy” sex tape with her former husband and Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee.
While she channeled into the 1990s sex appeal, her acting was always in keeping with the character, and many people expected to see her winning awards in the future. Despite this level of fame, the roles that could get her those big accolades never really came flooding in. Many Hollywood directors worried about her ability to get people to buy tickets, and the roles she was doing on TV weren’t in keeping with the movies coming out.
So, when she announced her memoir, many expected her to drop some bombshells about the industry. Nobody ever expected her to go after Tim Allen, however. As the lead in Home Improvement, she had a number of scenes with him, but not many. Her accusation of him flashing her in an excerpt of her book has left many scratching their heads.
“On the first day of filming, I walked out of my dressing room, and Tim was in the hallway in his robe. He opened his robe and flashed me quickly — completely naked underneath. He said it was only fair because he had seen me naked. Now we’re even. I laughed uncomfortably.”
When news broke of her allegation, the mainstream media were all over it. Allen issued a statement saying “No, it never happened. I would never do such a thing,” and given his track record with women and other stars, it would seem he is likely telling the truth.
Selling books is one thing. Attempting to assassinate the character of someone who helped people coast-to-coast even learn who you are is another. It will help sell books for sure, but it could also trigger a huge lawsuit. If the rest of the book is like the excerpt, it won’t be the only lawsuit, either.