RCMP contact Pamela Anderson over B.C. rape allegations
B.C. Mounties say they are reaching out to Pamela Anderson after shocking admissions from the star actress.
At the Cannes Film Festival this week, the model and philanthropist said she survived a raft of abuse when she lived on Vancouver Island as a child.
Anderson, who grew up in Ladysmith, B.C., said as a young child she was molested by a female babysitter and then raped by an older man when she was 12.
“I did not have an easy childhood,” Anderson told supporters at an event launching her new Pamela Anderson Foundation on Friday.
“Despite loving parents, I was molested from age six to 10 by my female babysitter. I went to a friend's boyfriend's house and when she was busy the boyfriend's older brother decided he would teach me backgammon, which led in to a back massage, which led in to rape.”
Her statement can be found on the foundation’s website. She also spoke about being gang raped by a boyfriend and six others.
Mounties in Ladysmith say they want to discuss the allegations with the superstar and are getting an investigator to contact her.
“We are aware of the recent statements made by Ms. Anderson at an event in Cannes, France,” said Cpl. Darren Lagan.
“Given the sensitive nature of these allegations, and out of respect for Ms. Anderson's privacy, we will provide no further comment at this time.”
Anderson said her animal rights advocacy helped her overcome her childhood trauma.
"My loyalty remained with the animal kingdom -- I vowed to protect them and only them," she told supporters.
She went on to discuss her history with animal rights group PETA, her relationship with husband Rick Salomon, whom she married earlier this year, and her two children.
Anderson left B.C. in 1989 to pursue her modelling career in the U.S.