Pam, Tommy Come Together for Legal Win
A federal judge has awarded former “Baywatch” babe Pamela Anderson and her ex-husband, Motley Crue rocker Tommy Lee, $740,000 each in their long-running court fight against an adult entertainment company over a notorious and well-circulated videotape of them having sex, Reuters reports.
Los Angeles U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson granted Anderson, 35, and Lee, 40, a default judgment in their 1998 copyright infringement and invasion-of-privacy lawsuits against Internet Entertainment Group for selling the videotape on the Web.
(Last year, Anderson settled a second lawsuit against IEG over a sex tape she made with Bret Michaels, lead singer of the hair metal band Poison.)
Pregerson initially threw out the lawsuit four years ago, ruling that the couple had signed away the rights to the so-called “honeymoon” tape. An appeals court later overturned that decision and ordered the case be reopened.
Since then, says Reuters, Pregerson cited IEG for failing to appear in court or defend itself in any way and essentially defaulting the case.
In his written statement, the judge stated he was granting Lee and Anderson a total of $1.48 million — which amounted to the profit IEG made on sales of the tape — to be split 50-50 between them.
They will also receive attorneys’ fees and court costs.