Pamela Anderson has written an essay on her website in defence of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is currently facing detention from Swedish prosecutors over a rape allegation first made against him in 2010.
Anderson has been vocal about her support for Assange, who she described as “an innocent person” when she visited him in prison earlier this month, wrapped in a grey “free speech” blanket.
“Today, I want to speak out as a woman,” Anderson begins. “A woman who has survived rape and sexual abuse. A woman who knows how cruel men can be, and how deep the wounds in a woman’s soul. To this day, I remember the excruciating pain.…
“To this day, I can feel the agony. To this day, their faces keep haunting my sleep – a fate shared by countless women worldwide.”
In her essay, Anderson urges readers to “never forget the danger of error, and the power of false accusations” before describing Assange as “a friend whom I love dearly” whose health, she says, is “crumbling” as a result of the accusations he faces.
Anderson goes on to describe the ongoing investigation as “grotesque”, adding, “this is not about justice for rape. This is about the rape of justice”.
Later in the essay, she touches on the need for an “ethical discussion” on “the legitimacy of leaking government secrets, and on related questions of privacy, safety and national security”.