Pam & Tommy, a Hulu Original Limited Series first teaser revealed. Starring Lily James as Pamela Anderson and Sebastian Stan as Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, “Pamela & Tommy” tells the story of the sex tape that literally changed the world and, to this day, remains an origin point from which you can trace a direct line to so much of the present day. watch the teaser below.
In 1996, Anderson and were robbed by their electrician, Rand Gauthier. In addition to a lot of money and property, Gauthier also discovered he’d stolen a sex tape the couple recorded during their 1995 honeymoon. Gauthier, as it happens, also had ties to the porn industry and took the tape to a studio owner, Milton Ingley. After several failed attempts to find a buyer and publisher for the tape — Lee, and Anderson were victims of a crime, something even a mob-connected pornographer didn’t want to be connected to — they posted it online themselves.
In 1996, the internet was smaller, and the video was extensively circulated — so widely shared, in fact, that by the time Anderson and Lee realized what had been done to them, it was too late to stop it, culminating in an all-too-familiar outcome. But those are details we’ll save until the show.
In any case, it was the first well-known illustration of how the internet can be used to damage individuals, as well as how difficult it may be to respond. And it’s still one of the most well-known celebrity scandals in a decade fascinated with them after 25 years.
“Pam & Tommy” also stars Nick Offerman and Seth Rogen. Produced by Point Grey and Annapurna, it premieres on Hulu on Feb. 2, 2022.