Pamela Anderson is opening up about her relationship with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012, granted political asylum by Ecuador while he faces charges of sex crimes in Sweden.
While the 51-year-old model, actress and animal-rights activist is currently dating French soccer star Adil Rami, she told TMZ’s Harvey Levin about her eyebrow-raising relationship with Assange in an interview with Levin’s Fox News series “OBJECTified”.
“He’s definitely an interesting person, and there’s definitely a romantic kind of connection ’cause it’s a romantic struggle,” she said of Assange.
“We have this closeness,” she continued, adding, “he’s not close to people like he is to me.”
Describing Assange as both “imperfect” and one of her favourite people, Anderson declared, “I have a real personal relationship with him.”
As she explained, Anderson originally met with Assange in order to learn “how I could be more effective as an activist.”
Their shared goal, she said, is “to help create career activists. We’re going to choose 10 activists a year for 10 years and pay their salaries no matter where they are in the world. It’ll be very diverse, too. It won’t just be, you know, more digital.”
Anderson made headlines by making several visits to Assange in the embassy, something she says she’ll continue to do. “I brought him some vegan food, and now it’s a tradition that I bring him vegan food every time I see him, and I see him a lot.”
Assange is currently under fire after U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that WikiLeaks coordinated with Russian intelligence operatives to hack emails from the Democratic National Committee in the midst of the 2016 presidential election. Last year, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that placing Assange under arrest was a “priority” for the Justice Department.