Former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson has said she will begin campaigning for the rights of men falsely accused of rape after visiting Julian Assange in his residence in the Ecuadorian embassy.
Speaking to Russian broadcaster RT, Anderson said the rape allegations against Assange are unfair and that “no crime was committed” in his case.
Of note, Anderson took specific aim at Swedish law surrounding rape and sexual assault, saying the current laws in place are “too progressive”.
“Sweden has these very progressive laws against sexual crimes, whatever you want to call it.
“It’s almost too progressive, it’s almost paralysing,” she said.
Anderson added that we “gravitate” to the victims but that there are many men who are “vulnerable” due to the accusations of rape levelled against them.
“We all of course gravitate towards vulnerable people and we consider that to be women and children, first and foremost, which is important, but there’s also a lot of men who are in a vulnerable situation.”
In defending Assange, Anderson argued that when you “read the actual case” there “no crime that’s been committed”.
Currently, Assange is holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London after denying the charges, maintaining that extradition to Sweden could lead to him being sent to US to face different charges relating to information leaked via Wikileaks. He has been hiding out for close to five years.
When visiting Sweden in 2010 to speak at a conference, Assange had sex with two women he met while over there. They later filed complaints of rape and molestation, with one alleging Assange had sex with her without a condom, despite her assertions that she wanted him to wear one.
For context, although statistics around rape and sexual assault can be murky, studies have shown the rate of false accusations to be between two and six percent. When you consider how many victims choose not to report their experience with assault, it’s believed very few rape accusations actually are falsified.
Anderson herself has revealed in the past she has been the victim of sexual assault and rape herself, in a speech at the launch of her animal rights charity in 2014, saying she suffered sexual abuse throughout her childhood.