Pamela Anderson shocked guests at a star-studded Cannes Film Festival event by revealing she was molested as a child, raped at the age of 12 and gang-raped just years later.
The Baywatch star spoke about her ordeal on Friday night at the launch of The Pamela Anderson Foundation, in front of 200 guests.
‘I did not have an easy childhood. Despite loving parents, I was molested from age six by a female babysitter’, the 46-year-old said.
Big night: Pamela Anderson opted for a white Vivienne Westwood frock at the launch of her The Pamela Anderson Foundation charity in Cannes, France on Friday
‘I went to a friend’s boyfriend’s house and his older brother decided to teach me backgammon which led into a back massage, which led into rape. My first heterosexual experience.
Ordeal: The 46-year-old, pictured in her teens, shocked guests by revealing she was molested as a child, raped at the age of 12 and gang-raped just years later
‘He was 25 years old and I was 12.’
The Playboy cover girl then added that a school boyfriend: ‘decided it would be funny to gang-rape me with six friends. I wanted off this earth.’
A guest said: ‘No one was expecting a speech like that. Pamela was so brave.’
The actress had dressed to impress in a dangerously low-cut Vivienne Westwood frock as she celebrated the occasion with a cocktail party aboard a luxury yacht in the French Riviera in support of Cool Earth – a charity close to co-host Dame Vivienne Westwood’s heart.
She chose a white maxi-dress by the designer, featuring a ruffled bust and tiny spaghetti straps that barely managed to contain her ample bosom.
The column shape of the wrap dress perfectly flattered her enviable figure, with a tie detail accentuating her petite waist, while she added height to her frame with strappy pale pink satin peep-toe stilettos featuring pretty floral toe detail.
Pam sported a perennial golden California glow, perfectly set-off by the white ensemble, while her face was nicely made up to match, with dewy skin, bronze lips and cheeks and dark eyes.
Mixing it up: The following night, Pamela had attended the Vanity Fair And Armani Party in Cap d’Antibes in a loose-fitting white T-Shirt
Putting her best foot forward: The former actress covered her chest with her patterned silk scarf but exposed her toned legs in the wrap dress as she made her way onto the yacht upon which the cocktail party and backgammon tournament was being held
Her cropped blonde locks were styled in a voluminous ‘do pulled back from her face.
The former actress was escorted into the event by her oldest son, Brandon, who looked smart in his dressy attire.
The 17-year-old opted for black pants, a white and blue printed T-shirt, a midnight blue blazer that was rolled at he sleeves and grey suede shoes.
She’s still got that newlywed glow! The star looked to be in a complete state of wedded bliss as she cosied up to husband Rick Salomon inside the bash, who looked smart in black pants, an oversize black and white checked shirt, white loafers and a matching wide-brimmed hat
In good company: The blonde bombshell made her way onto the luxury yacht on the arm of her dapper son Brandon, 17, who looked smart in black pants, grey suede shoes, a white and blue printed T-shirt and midnight blue blazer that was rolled at the sleeves
Blast from the past: The pair made their way past a rather risqué poster of the star posing in a state of undress back when she still had her long golden tresses as they made their way down the stairs to the festivities
The handsome offspring of Pamela and ex-husband Tommy Lee ensured his mother made it safely onto the boat without tripped in her sky-high platform heels, before handing over the reins to stepdad Rick Salomon.
Of course, the couple, who were briefly married in 2007, remarried in secret reportedly sometime over the Christmas holidays, confirming their happy news in January.
The 46-year-old also looked smart in black pants, an oversize black and white checked shirt and white loafers, which matched his wide-brimmed hat.
A labour of love: The long-time humanitarian was in great spirits ahead of the launch of the charity 20 years in the making, which was held in support of Dame Vivienne Westwood’s own Cool Earth charity
Belle of the ball: Pam looked right at home as she posed for a photo behind one of the backgammon boards, looking Old Hollywood glamorous with her cropped platinum tresses styled back from her face, which was beautifully made up with dewy golden skin, rose lips and smoky eyes
The couple still appeared to be in the honeymoon phase of their relationship judging by their interactions with one another.
Pamela was positively beaming as she cosied up to her man for photos, having brightened up her look with a slick of rose-coloured lippie.
A long-time supporter of various charities – including PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and MAC Cosmetics’ AIDS Fund – the humanitarian’s latest venture has been a long time
in the making.
Taking to her Facebook page on Wednesday, she revealed her excitement at finally making her charity a reality.
Friends in high places: The star mingled with co-host Dame Vivienne Westwood (left) and guests including Cool Earth co-founder Johan Eliasch and writer and producer Joslyn Barnes during the evening
She’s in no danger of drowning with those built-in floatation devices! Pam attempted to cover up her heaving bosom with her scarf as she arrived at the launch party
‘So lucky to be here with my family’: The activist said it was a ‘dream come true’ to launch her charity, which aims to ‘raise money to protect and support the vulnerable areas of the world and support those who are protecting and surviving, thriving – within them’
‘I love Cannes! So lucky to be here with my family. And .. Dream come true – to launch my namesake foundation (on the riviera)… Glamorous, meaningful.. The good life. To raise money to protect and support the vulnerable areas of the world and support those who are protecting and surviving, thriving – within them,’ she wrote.
According to its mission statement on the Save The Date cards, The Pamela Anderson Foundation ‘supports organisations and individuals on the front lines protecting the environment, animal rights and human rights’.
The official website goes on to explain that with ’20 years of connecting resources’ the charity is
a ‘natural extension’ of the important work she’s already done.
She adds: ‘[I] will not be a part of the “bewildered herd” philosophy – must be outspoken and brave. Question everything.’
Ship-shape: The star carefully made her way down the steps in her towering pale pink satin peep-toe platform stilettos, which featured a pretty floral toe detail
Has she found the fountain of youth? The 46-year-old was looking as fresh-faced and fabulous as she did 20 years ago
Guest of honour: The pneumatic blonde was flanked by her two leading men and she made her way to board the vessel.