Pamela Anderson is opening up about her controversial friendship with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
Introduced “years ago” by mutual friend designer Vivienne Westwood, Anderson and Assange have become closer with the former visiting him at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. Assange has been holed up there for the past six years, avoiding extradition to Sweden over now-dropped rape charges and to the U.S. over espionage charges.
“We talk about everything,” Anderson, 50, says of her relationship with the hacker. “We talk about the Bible, we talk about what’s happening with my kids, what’s happening with his family. It’s not just about politics, even though I do take a lot of notes and it’s so overwhelming, the information he gives me.”
Anderson was recently denied access to Assange during one of her trips to London and fears he is now in “great danger.”
“He’s cut off from everybody,” she explains. “The air and light quality [at the embassy] is terrible because he can’t keep his windows open and he can’t get any sunlight. Even prisoners can go outside, but he can’t. I’m always bringing him vegan food, but he eats very simply. I talked to him on the phone the day [his internet] was shut off. He sent me an urgent call. And now, nothing.”
The actress calls Assange “misunderstood,” adding that he’s been “wrongly accused” of many things and is being forced into seclusion as a way of “keeping him down.”
“He’s just ruffling the feathers of people that are powerful. I always try to humanize him because people think he’s a robot or he’s a computer screen or he’s not this human being.”
But it’s not just her relationship with Assange that Anderson is dishing the dirt on to THR.
The Canadian actress, who spends most of her time living in the South of France with her boyfriend, 32-year-old French soccer star Adil Rami, was dismissive of her ex-husband Kid Rock’s political ambitions.
“When he was with me, he didn’t hunt. I don’t think he was very Republican, but now he is. Oh well,” she says with a sigh, telling the magazine she crossed paths with Donald Trump during her career as a Playboy model.
“I think it was his birthday,” she says of the first time she met the future president. “I was hired to be there. We all were paid like $500 a day. He was with a wife — I don’t know which one — but he was nothing special.”